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Don't waste your money on cheap vitamins.  

Mom always said, “Be sure to take your vitamins.” In spite of the “vitamins will just give you expensive urine” critics, Mom was right again.

The latest scientific research is proving that good health is dependent on getting the right combination of high quality vitamins.

David Heber, M.D., Ph.D., of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles says,

We now have a substantial body of data showing that if everyone took a few supplements every day, they could significantly lower their risk of a multitude of serious diseases."

Some vitamin detractors still insist that we will get all the vitamins and minerals we need by eating a balanced diet. In theory this may be true. But the odds are only slightly better than winning the lottery without buying a ticket.

In Department of Agriculture studies of 50,000 persons performed in the 1980's, not one person was getting the RDA of the 10 essential vitamins. And in many cases the RDA provides only a small fraction of what is necessary for optimum health.

Are natural vitamins as effective as synthetic ingredients? The answer is an unequivocal yes and no. Natural vitamins are derived from food sources and synthetic vitamins are created in the laboratory. Under controlled conditions synthetic vitamins work just like the natural ingredients.

But we don’t live in a perfect world.

For example, studies have shown that synthetic vitamin E will actually block natural vitamin E activity at the cellular level. Synthetic beta-carotene is adversely affected by synthetic food dyes, which are common in “one-a day” vitamin preparations. Yellow dye also decreases vitamin B-6 activity.  

Synthetic vitamins replicate only one of perhaps dozens of beneficial nutrients. It’s somewhat like copying one ingredient that is contained in an apple. You miss all of the related nutrients that work synergistically. 

Choosing the right combination of vitamins and minerals is a daunting task. The vitamin industry is unregulated and there are legions of unscrupulous vendors who would like to get our hard earned money. “E caveat emptor”…let the buyer beware.

One-a-day vitamins are very popular because of their cheap price, brand name recognition and the ease of taking only one pill per day.

We all love a bargain but cheap vitamins are no bargain.

They are made from synthetic ingredients and have low levels of antioxidants, which are so important to neutralize free radicals and fight off heart disease and cancer.

Many products, including some of the highly advertised “name brands”, are processed at high temperatures which impairs the their viability. Some contain petroleum derived chemical solvents, such as ethyl cellulose and are coated with methylene chloride, a carcinogenic material.

Some vitamins can be
hazardous to your health.

According to Dr. Zoltan P. Rona, M.D.,
“Although most healthy people will have no obvious side effects from ingesting small amounts of toxins found in cheap vitamins, the long term consequences of continuous, daily intakes are potentially dangerous. Over 7% of the population displays sensitivity to these chemicals.”

Dr. Rona says that allergic reactions include fatigue, memory loss, depression and insomnia. Many companies are more interested in shelf life than human life.

Here are some tips when shopping for a quality vitamin formula. Read your ingredient label carefully. This will probably require the help of a magnifying glass. Stick with the natural supplements and avoid the chemicals.

A good multi-vitamin formula will contain at least 250-500 mg. of vitamin C, 150-400 IU vitamin E, and 5,000 mg. Beta Carotene with mixed carotenoids.

You may have to spend a few cents per day more, but isn’t your health worth it? Click here to take a look at the vitamins we recommend and personally use.

 

 

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