The New Truth About Vitamins & Minerals by Bill SardiImagine, forty percent of the American public takes a multivitamin and there is no guidebook or study that evaluates these pills. Americans swallow vitamins pills by the millions, but do they do more harm than good as detractors claim?
Vitamin pills are the best health insurance that one can buy. Being an advocate of dietary supplementation, too often I would receive phone calls from people that their health conditions werent improving, in fact, were getting worse, after they began taking vitamins. I wondered why vitamin pills werent always living up to their promise?
Upon investigation, I found most multivitamins were poorly formulated. They were impotent, unbalanced and incomplete. Most brands either followed the ridiculous daily allowance (RDA) or attempted to lure consumers by providing more and more milligrams of vitamins and minerals. Some brands showcased certain nutrients but provided trivial doses.
The fine print on multivitamin labels is often beyond consumer understanding. Vitamin pills buyers often pay for nutrients that are inferior, like inorganic selenium, synthetically made vitamin E, and poorly-absorbed forms of magnesium and vitamin B12.
The list of requirements for a well-designed multivitamin began to develop. I came up with about 25 important markers to evaluate multivitamins. A rating form was developed so consumers could evaluate their own multivitamins. Its at the back of the book.
If you are the type of consumer who wants to know you are doing the right thing when you take vitamin pills. If you want to check the references and studies before you buy a multi. If you want a multivitamin that delivers on its promise to promote health and longevity, then this book is worth the read.
The new truth about vitamins & minerals
Imagine, forty percent of the American public takes a multivitamin and there is no guidebook or study that evaluates these pills. Americans swallow vitamins pills by the millions, but do they do more harm than good as detractors claim? Vitamin pills are the best health insurance that one can buy. Upon investigation, I found most multivitamins were poorly formulated. They were impotent, unbalanced and incomplete.
Half of all American adults—including 70 percent of those age 65 and older—take a multivitamin or another vitamin or mineral supplement regularly. They also noted that in prior studies, vitamin E and beta-carotene supplements appear to be harmful, especially at high doses. The exception is supplemental folic acid for women of child-bearing potential, Appel says. The amount of iron in a multivitamin may also be beneficial for women of child-bearing potential, Appel adds. It provides vitamins, minerals and good fats. Choosing whole grain side dishes, cereals, breads and more may lower the risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer and improve digestion, too. Saturated fat raises levels of heart-threatening LDL cholesterol in your bloodstream.
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The issue of vitamins and minerals used to be a no-brainer. Of course they were good for you; they're vitamins and minerals! And it's true that they most definitely are good for the body—when they come in the form of food and a healthy diet. What's become less clear in recent years is how beneficial it is to pop them—especially megadoses of them—in pill form. Yet many of us still do. In fact, 40 percent of Americans start their day by swallowing at least one vitamin-and-mineral supplement.