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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Why Supplemtation is Essential

You know you should take vitamin and mineral supplements. But did you know that the Journal of the American Medical Association now agrees. After years of stalling and fighting the idea, they finally admitted supplements are needed for good health. "Suboptimal folic acid levels, along with suboptimal levels of vitamins B6 and B12, are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, neural tube defects, and colon and breast cancer; low levels of vitamin D contribute to osteopenia and fractures; and low levels of the antioxidant vitamins (vitamins A,E, and C) may increase risk for several chronic diseases. Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone ... it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements,"1 said the study [emphasis supplied]. This study was authored by Robert H. Fletcher, MD, MSc and Kathleen M. Fairfield, MD, DrPH, both of Harvard Medical School. The reason why supplements are necessary is that food cannot supply sufficient quantities of key nutrients. For instance, you would need to eat seven pounds of spinach to get enough CoQ10 to increase your health.
  1. Robert H. Fletcher, MD,MSc; Kathleen M. Fairfield, MD,DrPH. 2002. Vitamins for Chronic Disease Prevention in Adults. JAMA. 287:3127-3129.

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