On Taking Vitamins

by Ed

I consider vitamins to be pharmaceutical grade medicinals, and as such should be taken with caution. I believe there are many times when it is appropriate to take vitamins therapeutically, to treat a particular condition. However they are not suitable for long term use.The body was designed to take its nutrition in the form of whole foods, not in the form of highly concentrated, isolated chemicals. Consuming them this way can be a shock to the body, affecting the hormonal, circulatory, immune, and nervous systems adversely. Our bodies were designed to consume large numbers of nutrients, all of which act synergistically. They need to work together to work. Also many nutrients, taken in large doses, can negatively impact absorption, availability, or usefulness of other nutrients.

A couple of examples:

Vitamin C taken in large doses inhibits the absorption of Vitamin B12.

There are many carotenoids, including beta carotene. If you take large amounts of beta carotene, other carotenoids will not be able to find their receptor sites. Lutein, for instance, is necessary for macular health. Not enough lutein and you will go blind from macular degeneration.

This brings up another point. Although the nutrients act synergistically, many of them have very specific functions, for instance lutein protects the macula of the eyes, and lycopene protects the protects the prostate. If we take vitamins, we may get lazy about eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, thinking we have our nutrition covered. The problem is there are thousands of plant chemicals that protect our bodies. We could never get them all in a pill, even if we knew what they all were.

To maintain good health in our modern world, we should be eating about ten servings a day of fresh fruits and vegetables. The only thing that comes close to a substitute is taking whole food supplements. One of the best, and one that is backed by a growing mountain of scientific research is Juice Plus+®. To see the research click here. That is the only supplement I would recommend for long term usage. Again, vitamins are very useful, therapeutically, when taken short term, but do more harm than good, when taken long term.

{ 2 comments }

1 Scott Marmorstein 01.29.07 at 12:12 pm

I agree. There are other great companies working to give people something that the body requires since most of the working world will not find themselves eating all the proper servings of fruits and vegetables per day as would be preferable in an ideal situation.

I took Juice Plus and it is a stellar product. I’m on a different one (product) now and the science I like much better behind it.

I’m glad that you’re warning people about this, Ed, because it is a real problem: what do people take, and how often?

If you want the science and facts or info of the product I’m taking please email me or visit my website.

To everyone’s good health.
Cheers!

2 Mehdi 05.13.07 at 1:16 am

“Poison is in everything, and no thing is without poison. The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy.”
-Paracelsus

Good information Edward. This is another article on the same topic: http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=1487590

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