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Prior to the 1980's, physicians and health workers advised only the rarest patient to use vitamin and mineral supplements. These might be children in poor economic and social conditions, pregnant women, and chronically ill patients on restrictive diets. The prevailing belief was that, in most advanced countries, a proper diet could satisfy all of our needs. While today, experts suggest that our ancestors received full proper nutrition solely from their regular diet, they also agree that today's sedentary lifestyle, environmental exposure, and daily food intake has changed dramatically over the past 150 years, and especially in the last 25 years. The nutritional value of the meat, grains, and even fruits and vegetables are very different and of inferior nutritional quality than our Stone Age ancestors.

"We recommend that all Adults take a Multivitamin once a day for optimal health"

The Journal of the American Medical Assoc. (JAMA) June 19, 2002


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Especially with today's concerns to limit intake to less than 3000 calories, it is impossible to meet the Reference Daily Intakes (RDI) for many vitamins, macro & micro minerals, and essential fatty acids. As recently as 5 years ago, it was rare to find an article in a leading medical journal supporting the use of supplements, with the exception of the OB-GYN and Pediatric journals. In June of 2002, a major resistance hurdle was overcome with the publication of two articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association from doctors from Harvard Medical School strongly endorsing the use of supplements in just about all adults. Today, vitamin and minerals supplementation has finally come of age. Here are some of the reasons.

Osteoporosis (thinning of the bones) is being detected in an alarming number of women & men. Some women are found to have this disease while still in their 40's. Osteoporosis is associated with severe pain, long bone fractures, lifestyle restrictions, and premature death. The three greatest contributors to this disorder are insufficient weight-bearing resistance exercise, Vitamin D, and daily calcium intake. Magnesium and boron also play some role in preventing osteoporosis. The requirement of 400 units of Vitamin D at one time was no problem for the human body to form in the skin under the influence of sunlight. People are now spending less time with full sun exposure because of skin cancer concerns (and well they should be) than in the past, and therefore do need Vitamin D supplementation. Much has been recently written about Calcium. The recommendation for women is at least 1300 mg. per day, with men requiring about 1000 mg. This intake should be started as young adults, well before the senior years. With many people staying away from large amounts of dairy products, the US Dept. of Agriculture reports that 90% of women and 75% of men are NOT getting enough Calcium in their diet. Incidentally, calcium also plays s some role in cardiac muscle function, and in controlling blood pressure. 

Heart Disease & Stroke are the number one killers in western society exceeding greatly other causes such as infections, accidents, and even cancer. Perhaps the hottest areas of supplement research have been on the influence of Folate and Vitamin B6 and B12 in lowering cardiovascular risk. The proposed mechanism of these vitamins are to lower the levels of an injurious amino acid, homocysteine, which along with cholesterol, triglycerides, cigarette smoking, and hypertension, lead to coronary events. People with the highest levels of homocysteine have a 2-fold increased risk of heart disease compared with those of the lowest level. Folate, B6 and B12 all play a role in lowering homocysteine. The current recommendations, which are expressed as daily values replace the older US recommended daily allowance, are as follows: 2 mg. daily for B6, 6 micrograms for B12, and 400 micrograms for Folate

Studies with Vitamin E (the tocopherols) have shown benefit in preventing coronary heart disease, not only by its antioxidant effects, but also by inhibitory effects on smooth muscle proliferation and platelet adhesion. Although there is still no uniform agreement, at least some studies (The Nurses Health Study 1993) have shown that women taking 100 units of Vitamin E or about 5 times the amount in the usual Western diet had a 44% reduction in major coronary disease. The final say on the recommended levels of Vitamin E is not yet known, but most investigators agree that levels between 200 and 400 units may be most ideal, are totally safe, and are nearly impossible to get from a normal diet. It may be important that your source of Vitamin E contain a mixed source of many of the eight forms of tocopherols. 

Cancer research suggests the role of vitamin supplementation in prevention. Carotinoids include Beta carotene, Lycopene, Lutein and Zeaxanthin. They are powerful anti-oxidants which may play a role in cancer reduction, not in an isolated form, but if taken in the right combination with other food factors and in the absence of other risk factors such as smoking and alcohol intake. For example, prostate cancer risk may decrease considerably in the presence of dietary Lycopene supplementation.

The newest frontier of supplementation involves the role of the micro-minerals. These include Zinc, Copper, Selenium, Manganese, Chromium, Molybdenum, Boron and Vanadium. These minerals, needed in an exquisitely small and narrow range, function as co-factors helping countless enzymatic reactions take place for optimal running of your body machinery. Many normal foods (fruits and vegetables) in your diet are insufficient for these minerals because of the soil conditions. In addition, recent emphasis on high water intake and high fiber content may serve to deplete the body of some of these essential elements. 

The issues we have with supplementation today are NOT vitamin deficiencies but vitamin inadequacies. You may not have an actual disease, but is your body running its machinery in the best fashion? To quote Dr. PhilGoscienski, a pediatrician and noted authority on nutrition, when you put in gasoline with inadequate octane than that which the manufacturer recommends, the motor (your body) may ping, get poorer mileage, and require more frequent maintenance. This is similar to what we do to our bodies when we substitute fast food, vitamin-free soft drinks and condensed calories for fresh fruits and lightly- or uncooked vegetables, and nutritious nuts.

Your supplement MUST contain PHYTONUTRIENTS


Effective supplementation and more fruits and vegetables in your diet is the recommendation. Your supplement should be a quality one containing the wide spectrum of vitamins and micro-minerals, large amount of Calcium, and phytonutrients antioxidants from plant sources such as Lycopene, Lutein, Lipoid acid, Quercetin, Brassica, mixed tocopherols & Bioflavinoids.