In previous posts we have shown that:
1. Nutritional supplements are necessary to bridge the nutritional gaps in our diet.
2. Antioxidants can prevent and even reverse many forms of disease whose primary cause is excess (free radical) oxidation.
3. High levels of quality supplements are not only effective but safe.
4. Not all supplements are created equal. There is a huge difference between cheap store bought vitamins and those with the right ingredients, in the right amounts, in the right balance.
I highly recommend you go back and read the previous blog posts to get the detail, that naturally leads to the content of this post.
This is the fifth in a series of posts debunking the mythology and stigma around taking nutritional supplements. Our source is an edited version of a powerful little booklet that got my attention many years ago. Robert G. Allen’s, “Your Health Is In Danger!” is a provocative title, for a reason. It is a wake up call to not lose the battle for optimal health by accepting old out dated myths about supplementation.
In this post, we will look at the fifth myth.
Myth #5. Vitamins are too expensive!
Do you really want optimum health? Do you really want maximum protection from all of the chronic degenerative diseases? It will require that you take more than just one pill a day — and this may cost you more than the ten cents a day you’re used to paying for inexpensive but ineffective store bought vitamins. In order to get the right ingredients in the right amounts in the right balance, you may need to spend a dollar or two a day for this kind of protection.
A dollar or two a day keeps deadly diseases away.
When some people hear this, they complain, “Two dollars a day!? Just for vitamins? That’s too expensive!” But I respond, “Expensive, as compared to what? Quadruple by-pass surgery? Radiation therapy? Death by diabetes?” Compared to death, nutritional supplements are a bargain. People who say silly things like vitamins are too expensive are obviously not aware of the danger they are in. Believe me, cheaper is not better! As for me, I don’t want to put the cheapest stuff I can find into my body and hope that I won’t get heart disease. How far do you want to miss heart disease? By and inch or by a million miles? Your body is priceless. Don’t turn it over to the lowest bidder or the latest fad.
You’re walking through the jungle of life with chronic deadly diseases stalking you. Don’t carry a pop gun when a machine gun is needed. It only takes one heart attack to ruin your day. So let’s look more closely at some of the key nutrients that have been proven to be effective.
Here’s how the right amount of beta carotene can protect you from heart disease: In one Harvard study of a group of male physicians with signs of heart disease, it was found that those who took beta carotene supplements daily had only half as many heart attacks, strokes, bypass surgeries and cardiac deaths as doctors taking dummy pills. But it took two years for these positive effects to kick in. That’s why you can’t just “try” a vitamin for a couple of weeks. If you want to lower your risk of heart disease, stroke and even cancer, you need to take your beta carotene every day.
Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants. Research shows that Vitamin C can protect you from heart disease. According to Dr. Linus Pauling, double Nobel laureate, the primary cause of cardiovascular disease is a deficiency of vitamin C in the blood. He states, “I believe that cardiovascular illness (heart attack, stroke, circulatory disease) can be nearly completely prevented by the proper intake of vitamin C.”
And to prove his point, a recent government survey found that Americans who regularly took vitamin C supplements (even in small amounts) had 37 percent fewer fatal heart attacks.101 And if you’re trying to lower your cholesterol or your blood pressure, Vitamin C supplements can definitely help.
But the real power of Vitamin C is in protecting you from “The Big C” – Cancer. There are literally dozens of recent studies that overwhelmingly show that Vitamin C acts like a vaccine against cancer. People who eat the most Vitamin C have half the risk of getting cancer.
According again to Nobel laureate Linus Pauling, “The more vitamin C one ingests, the less chance there is of developing breast cancer; the less vitamin C one ingests, the more chance there is of developing breast cancer.”
Not only does Vitamin C protect you from heart disease and cancer, it helps you live longer. Dr. Pauling believed that we could add an extra 12 to 18 years to our lives by taking mega doses of vitamin C….and he proved it by living to age 93 himself. Again, the research backs him up. In one California study of people aged 50 or older, it was found that those “…with a higher intake of vitamin C were found to have a total death rate only 40% of that for those with the lower intake of C….This decrease in the death rate corresponds to an increase by eleven years in the length of life.”
Even small doses of vitamin C can help. According to one UCLA study, only 300 milligrams a day, can add 6 years to a man’s life and two years to a woman’s life. According to Jean Carper in her excellent book, Stop Aging Now!, “The study showed that vitamin C takers lived longer despite smoking, overweight, lack of exercise and even poor diets.”
Is there any doubt that you need to be protecting yourself daily with extra vitamin C? If you want to add from 2 to 18 years to your life, Vitamin C will be part of the answer.
Vitamin E can help you live longer!
Studies have shown that people who take 400 IU of vitamin E a day for at least ten years lowered their risk of heart disease by 90%. It also lowered the rate of death from heart disease by 78% and lowered the rate of death by heart attack by 58%.
Conclusion: if you don’t want heart disease, you’d better take your E.
The most Vitamin E you can expect from your diet is 10 to 25 IU a day, but the research shows that it takes 100-400 IU to provide the protection we need. To get that much vitamin E from food, you’d have to eat 28 cups of peanuts, 400 apricots or 650 prunes A DAY! Or you could crunch 1.2 lbs of sunflower seeds, wash it down with a quart of safflower oil, or eat 2.2 lbs of almonds, EVERY DAY. Or you could gag on 5.1 lbs of wheat germ, or eat 33 lbs of spinach, but you may not recognize your waistline. Obviously, vitamin E supplements are the best way to get your vitamin E.
How about Vitamin E and Cancer? High vitamin E intake has been shown to reduce colon cancer by 68% in women. Low vitamin E intake increases your risk of all kinds of cancer by 50%.
In addition, low vitamin E intake has been linked to weak immune systems, Alzheimer’s disease and even PMS. Smart people take vitamin E every day. And if you live in a polluted big city environment, taking vitamin E is essential.
The Power Triad of Beta Carotene, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
Vitamin E alone is not enough. The best results come from using several antioxidants at once. Harvard researchers discovered that women getting lots of vitamin E had a drop in cardiovascular disease of 34%. Those who got a lot of beta carotene cut heart disease by 22%. And those who took a lot of vitamin C cut it by 20%. But when all three antioxidants were combined, heart disease was slashed by nearly 50%. The same was true for stokes. High intake of all three antioxidants reduced the risk of strokes by a startling 54%.
The same was true for cataracts. You might not be worried about cataracts now. But if you’re planning on living to age 75, you should know that almost half of Americans over age 75 have cataracts. What causes cataracts? Free radicals. What neutralizes free radicals? Antioxidants. Studies show that people who took vitamin E supplements had 56% fewer cataracts. People who took Vitamin C supplements showed a 70% reduction. But people taking at least 400 IU of vitamin E and 300 mg. of vitamin C supplements daily were largely free of cataracts.
Even arthritis has been shown to improve with large daily doses of the antioxidants Vitamins A, C and E and selenium.
If you’re a woman, Selenium can protect you against breast cancer. According to Dr. Richard Passwater in his powerful book, The New SuperNutrition:
“This year 115,000 women will learn they have breast cancer. Yet the evidence indicates that breast cancer can be reduced more dramatically than any other cancer, thanks to antioxidants.”
One expert, Dr. Gerhard Schrauzer of the University of California at San Diego stated, “If every woman in America started taking Selenium supplements or had a high-selenium diet, then within a few years the breast cancer rate in this country would drastically decline.”
Finally, the first really impressive, double blind, placebo controlled, gold standard research project on Selenium was recently released giving us the first real proof of the power of Selenium to prevent cancer. According to a study by Dr. Larry Clark of the University of Arizona, 200 mcg. of Selenium cut the rate of:
• Prostate cancer by 69%
• Colo-rectal cancer by 64%
• Lung cancer by 34%
Are you taking at least 200 mcg. of Selenium daily? Not if you’re taking cheap store bought brands. To get 200 mcg. of Selenium with most cheap brands, you’d have to take 20 tablets a day.
Chromium? Until recently, I had no idea I even needed chromium. I also didn’t know that because of over processed foods, 90% of us don’t get enough chromium in our diets. If you don’t get at least 200 micrograms of chromium daily, your insulin levels soar and cause a whole series of problems including diabetes, weight gain, heart disease and even cancer.
Are you getting enough Chromium in your diet? Does your multi vitamin/mineral supplement give you 200 micrograms? Some of the “all you need is one a day” brands only contain 10 micrograms. This is a nutrient you don’t want to skimp on.
Now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the benefits of calcium.According to Dr. Walter Bortz in his great book, Dare to be 100,
“Of all the body’s minerals, calcium is the most important. …It not only gives your bones their sturdiness (as steel does for buildings), but it also serves as a vital participant in innumerable bodily chemical reactions. It helps muscles contract, the heart to beat, and the brain to think.”
If you suffer from high blood pressure, you should know that the more calcium in your diet, the lower your blood pressure. “If everyone took calcium supplements, blood pressure would drop in about 50% of Americans”, says hypertension researcher Lawrence M. Resnick, M.D. of Wayne State University in Detroit.
And every woman in North America needs to take 1,000 to 1,500 mg. of extra calcium supplements a day to avoid the devastating effects of osteoporosis.
But, if you’re going to take calcium, you also need magnesium.
Without the right balanced amount of magnesium, calcium cannot be properly absorbed. So don’t expect an isolated calcium supplement to do the trick. Magnesium does much more than work with calcium to prevent osteoporosis. It also helps lower blood pressure and the risk of heart attack. And yet, 70% of North Americans are deficient in magnesium.
90% of older Americans do not even consume the RDA for zinc. Yet, zinc is an important antioxidant that can strengthen and fortify your immune system. Dr. Ananda S. Prasad, M.D., Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine and an authority on zinc…”has demonstrated that a dimes’ worth of zinc a day may prevent a fortune in health care and suffering….Subjects, ages fifty to eighty, who took 30 mg. of zinc gluconate every day for 6 months, saw their immune functioning come dramatically alive”….(increasing various aspects of the immune system from 40 to 200%).
And men, don’t forget the power of zinc to help you maintain a healthy, normal prostate gland. Studies show that 85% of men with enlarged prostates can find relief with adequate intakes of zinc. Deficiencies of zinc can also cause infertility and decreased sex drive.
Recent newspaper headlines have been touting the power of folic acid to prevent heart attacks and birth defects. Folic acid is essential in maintaining proper cell repair. Each cell is under bombardment from “free radicals” every second of every day. If the cell DNA is not repaired properly, cancer can result. A deficiency of folic acid increases the likelihood that cancer will spread. Did you get your folic acid today?
Even a little deficiency can be deadly. According to Dr. Michael Colgan,
“You require only a few micrograms (millionths of a gram) of B12 each day: the RDA is only 2 micrograms. Your blood contains only about 5 nanograms (billionths of a gram) per litre, less than a spec of dust. You couldn’t see that amount even under a microscope… Yet, if you lack that infinitesimal speck, your whole body declines into the serious disease of pernicious anemia, which gradually destroys the myelin sheaths protecting your nerves, leading to blindness, insanity and death…. The same applies to other micro nutrients. It is still a mystery to science why such minute amounts of these substances can hold the keys to health, to sanity, even to life itself. But they do, and if they are deficient in your food, you are asking for disease.”
But our ability to get enough B12 from our food decreases as we get older. Up to 50% of all Americans after age 60 lose the ability to absorb vitamin B12 from food. This makes supplementation necessary. How necessary? Remember our discussion of Alzheimer’s disease? I said that 20-30% of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia actually had a deficiency of one specific vitamin. That vitamin is B12. When given simple B12 supplements, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia disappeared.
And since B12 only comes from animal foods such as meat, fish, chicken and dairy products, vegetarians have an even greater need to supplement their diets with B12 supplements.
What’s the message? Take high quality nutritional supplements every day!
We’ve learned how supplements can help you bolster and strengthen your immune system. The stronger you make your immune system, the longer you live. In fact, you could very realistically add ten years or more to your life. You might even live to a hundred and beyond.
Your fellow baby boomers, who refuse to heed this advice, will be spending their future and their life savings on endless visits to doctors and hospitals for quadruple by-pass surgeries, radical mastectomies, chemotherapy and radiation treatments for malignant prostates. Many of them will end up drooling and babbling in some nursing home — being bathed and fed and diapered like babies.
You have a different future to look forward to. You could make it through the danger zone to live healthy, and strong for years beyond the average person.
Remember, life is a game you win by finishing last. Great people in ages past, when life expectancy was a fraction of what it is today, were able to beat the odds and live long productive lives. Plato lived to 80, Leo Tolstoy to 82, Thomas Jefferson to 83, Thomas Edison and Ben Franklin to 84, Isaac Newton to 85, Michelangelo to 89 and Frank Lloyd Wright lived to 93. Just think what you could accomplish with a hundred years or more?
Well, I hope that something I’ve said in this report can sink deep into that place where you make important decisions and cause you to resolve to live a longer, more healthy life. If you’re not taking supplements now, we encourage you to start immediately. Every day you wait, cuts time off your life. If you are taking supplements, don’t assume that they’re adequate. Go look at the labels. Do they have enough of the right ingredients in the right balance? Are you sure? Are you willing to bet your life on them?
When it comes to my health, I want to trust only in the best, designed by the best.
And I’ve found it!
Few people, including myself have the expertise to know how to put a nutritional regimen together. In our next blog post, we’re going to introduce you to an advanced nutritional system, that takes out all the guess work. It’s a nutritional system that is unique, complete, balanced, safe, inexpensive and really works.
(These posts are not meant to be scholarly in nature, but references of quotes are available upon request).