(NaturalHealth365) After decades of research, it is now apparent that clinical studies of vitamins are seriously flawed. Sadly, the aggressive campaigns to vilify certain vitamins like vitamin C has been effective in depriving the public of a safe way to protect against disease.
For example, vitamin C – as a water-soluble nutrient – is rapidly excreted from the body and needs to be replenished throughout the day. Yet, most researchers have not used divided doses throughout the day. In fact, most of the ‘negative’ studies about vitamins utilize a meaningless amount of nutrients. The end result becomes obvious – poorly designed studies discourage people from doing healthy things.
Vitamin deficiencies hit the U.S. hard
Balz Frei, professor and director of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University said in a published paper in the journal Nutrients stated that:
“More than 90 percent of U.S. adults don’t get the required amounts of vitamins D and E for basic health.”
“More than 40 percent don’t get enough vitamin C, and half aren’t getting enough vitamin A, calcium and magnesium.
“Smokers, the elderly, people who are obese, ill or injured often have elevated needs for vitamins and minerals.”
“It’s fine to tell people to eat better, but it’s foolish to suggest that a multivitamin which costs a nickel a day is a bad idea.”
If United States politicians want to be taken seriously about their desire to improve society – then support GMO labeling; ban all chemicals in food processing and stop poisoning the water supply with fluoride. And, by all means, let’s create meaningful vitamin studies that serve the public interest.
The suppressed truth about vitamin C
Vitamin C is an antioxidant – which means it neutralizes free radicals in the body and protects tissues from oxidative stress. It promotes the absorption of iron, while preventing its oxidation and is a vital cofactor in the formation of collagen, supporting the health of our cardiovascular system.
More vitamin C is contained in the adrenal glands than anywhere else in the body and is required at higher levels during stress. These stress factors include, emotional disturbances and physical issues like heavy metal toxicity, cigarette smoking, extreme weather conditions – the list goes on and on.
If you have heart disease – pay attention.
Many studies have further advanced our understanding of how vitamin C might reduce atherosclerosis risk factors. A landmark study from the University of Arizona looked at the relationships between vitamin C levels, body mass index, and waist circumference in sedentary, non-smoking that were classified as obese and overweight. And, guess what.
Lower vitamin C levels, were significantly correlated with higher BMI, percentage of body fat, and waist circumference. Women with higher vitamin C levels had higher levels of the fat-suppressing hormone adiponectin. This was a remarkable study that didn’t make headlines. What a surprise – right?
Finnish researchers studied 440 adults, 45-69 years of age, with elevated total serum cholesterol. These subjects took daily doses of 500mg of slow released vitamin C and 272 IU vitamin E and were followed for six years for evidence of progression of atherosclerotic changes. The study showed that supplementation with vitamins C and E significantly decreased the intima-media thickness or IMT of carotid arteries – which supply blood to the brain.
This means a lower risk of stoke, and the best outcome occurred in people with low baseline vitamin C levels and those with pre-existing plaques. Slowing down and reversing the progression of atherosclerosis is life saving.
Do you believe the ‘popular’ vitamin studies?
Most large, clinical trials of vitamin supplements have concluded they are of ‘no value’ or even harmful. There’s only one catch – a new analysis suggests that all of these studies have a flawed methodology that renders them largely useless in determining the real value of these micronutrients.
The body is codependent for its metabolic activities on vitamins, minerals and enzymes. It is known that a deficiency of one B vitamin can affect every organ system throughout the body. In other words, the entire B-complex is necessary as each member of the B family performs specific roles.
And, let’s not forget, chronic use of aspirin or antacids can interfere with the metabolism of B vitamins. With the high amount of these over-the-counter products sold – it would seem entirely possible that most Americans are deficient in these crucial vitamins.
Naturally, I could go on and on about the value of vitamin C and D or minerals like magnesium. But, here’s the bottom line – always follow the money, when it comes to scientific research and know the source. Is the study funded by pharmaceutical corporations? Then, naturally, you probably don’t need to read the study because it will frown upon the use of vitamins or minerals.
Do your own research and teach yourself about how to heal the body naturally. Whole foods and nutritional supplements are a cost effective way to prevent disease.
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About the author: Jonathan Landsman is the host of NaturalHealth365.com, the NaturalNews Talk Hour – a free, weekly health show and the NaturalNews Inner Circle – a monthly subscription to the brightest minds in natural health and healing.
Reaching hundreds of thousands of people, worldwide, as a personal health consultant, writer and radio talk show host – Jonathan has been educating the public on the health benefits of an organic (non-GMO) diet along with high-quality supplementation and healthy lifestyle habits including exercise and meditation.
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