Multi-Vitamins to the Rescue!
Multivitamins to the Rescue!
Multivitamins are known to become more beneficial the longer you use them. According to a 1998 study “Multivitamin use, folate, and colon cancer in women in the Nurses’ Health Study” (Ann Intern Med. 1998 Oct 1;129(7):517-24.), increasing duration of multivitamin use was strongly associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer in 88,756 participants in the Nurses’ Health Study followed up for 15 years.
However, the big news this week was a study entitled “Multivitamins in the Prevention of Cancer in Men. The Physicians’ Health Study II Randomized Controlled Trial” published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) JAMA. 2012;308(18):1871-1880 showing that multivitamin use cuts men’s cancer risk by 8 percent: in this large-scale, randomized, placebo-controlled trial among middle-aged and older men, long-term daily multivitamin use had a statistically significant reduction in the primary end point of total cancer after more than a decade of treatment and follow-up. The study concludes: “Although the main reason to take multivitamins is to prevent nutritional deficiency, this data provides support for the potential use of multivitamin supplements in the prevention of cancer in middle-aged and older men.”
Most unfortunately, it was what I consider to be a low-quality supplement at work here, since it was a synthetic form of multivitamin that was used for this study (it was the Centrum Silver brand). For example, the form of vitamin E used is the synthetic dl-alpha-tocopherol. Synthetic alpha-tocopherol works only about half as well as natural d-alpha-tocopherol.
What would the results be if you used a formula with the full spectrum of all four tocopherols as well as all four tocotrienols?
Indeed, there is a huge difference between natural and synthetic vitamins.
Natural vitamins are always accompanied by various bioflavonoids, the cofactors essential for proper absorption which act as catalysts optimizing the effectiveness of vitamins. Bioflavonoids are proven to increase the bioavailability of vitamins by 30%. Synthetic vitamins however contain no cofactors and research suggests that synthetic molecules can deplete the existing resources in the body, eventually causing vitamin and cofactor deficiencies.
In order to achieve true optimal health, the human body requires a constant supply of nutritionally balanced food. These include fruits and vegetables filled with antioxidants, fiber and probiotics. While these products may be critical for remaining healthy, most people fail to get enough of them in their regular diet. According to the World Health Organization, low fruit and vegetable intake is among the top 10 global mortality risks and is responsible for approximately 1.7 million deaths worldwide. An inadequate supply of these foods may lead to conditions such as a lack of energy, G.I. discomfort, or headaches.
Because all natural vitamins, mineral and nutrients are thought to be better absorbed and utilized by the body than their synthetic counterparts, I have created Recipe For Health™ (a Targetage® Product). Recipe for Health™ is an easy to mix, berry tasting, nutrient powder blend containing a carefully selected mix of organic green vegetables and fruits, antioxidants, providing a high ORAC (anti-oxidant activity level), enzymes and probiotics.
I invite all of my readers to contact me on this blog and request a sample of Recipe For Health™: it is free, it is delicious and it is actually good for you!