Understanding The Latest Media Attention on Multivitamins

Understanding the latest media attention on multivitamins

Posted by  on Dec 19, 2013 in HealthNatural Nutrition

Understanding the latest media attention on multivitamins

Many of you have probably seen the headlines regarding multivitamins and their inability to prevent chronic disease in the past few days – the result of three studies published in theAnnals of Internal Medicine.

Starting from a 30,000-foot view, the premise of these studies is the first problem: looking at the use of a multivitamin alone as a way to prevent disease. The purpose of a multivitamin is to fill in nutritional gaps and provide optimum levels of vitamins and minerals. It is well established that the vastmajority of Americans fail to obtain even adequate levels of these nutrients.

Prevention of any disease is a multi-factorial process that has to include diet, weight management, and lifestyle. To expect to see disease prevention accomplished by virtue of taking a daily multivitamin is a flawed premise. So, why are these large-scale (and very expensive) studies undertaken? It is simply the model of research that scientists and physicians understand – studying a single drug to determine what effect it may have on a single disease. Studying nutrition is far more complex.

While a drug has a primary effect (usually something positive), they also have a myriad of side effects (which are usually negative and even life threatening). Every year pharmaceuticals are removed from the market because of these serious side effects. A study published in JAMA in 1998 showed that as many as 125,000 Americans die each year of properly prescribed pharmaceuticals – wow! When was the last time a vitamin was removed from the market?

Vitamins and minerals all have multiple positive functional roles to play in our bodies – which is why so many Americans pop a multi each day. People simply feel better when they take a multi because they are filling in those all too common nutrition gaps.

All three of these studies showed that multivitamins have an excellent safety profile. Well, of course they do! The only “potential harm” that continues to be mentioned every time we have a study such as this published is the slight increased risk of lung cancer in smokers who took beta carotene. My response to that is – smokers: stop smoking!

Let me quickly summarize these studies. The largest one is another report from the Physician Health Study – previous publications of data from this large government funded study did show an association of reduced cancer associated with multivitamin usage.

The next study looked at cognitive decline in physicians – who are at the upper end of the intelligence scale and pretty well nourished. Showing a significant change in cognitive decline in this population is going to take some intervention beyond a multi – as this population is most likely doing lots of the right things to protect their brain function.

The third study tried to show that higher doses of specific vitamins decrease the likelihood of a second heart attack in folks who have already had a heart attack. Hmmm. Maybe we should look at weight reduction, cholesterol, blood pressure lowering, and blood sugar management as opposed to putting the burden of prevention of a second heart attack in someone with heart disease on vitamins!

I have been recommending a multivitamin (and beyond) to my patients, and consumers in general, for my entire 30 years as a physician – and nothing in these studies changes my mind. The statistics on inadequacies in our American diet are clear – most everyone is deficient in multiple nutrients. Here at Shaklee, we have the Landmark Study, published in the journal Nutrition in 2007 that showed a nice correlation of better health with multiple supplement usage, starting with a multivitamin. We have over 100 published studies that validate the connection of nutrition and health. I urge you to continue taking your Shaklee supplements – but also, to remember the importance of eating healthfully, avoiding fast foods, and getting to a healthy weight on your journey to better health.

Be well!

Natural Treatment For Arthritis Can Be Just as Effective

There are various forms of osteoarthritis treatment, from prescription medications to natural healing to exercise. Some arthritis sufferers opt for one of these treatments, others need a combination of them to experience significant pain relief.

Osteoarthritis drugs are certainly a viable option, but over-the-counter anti-inflammatories such as Alleve, and prescription drugs such as the COX-2 inhibitors, do not stop joint deterioration. In some cases they even accelerate osteoarthritis. Long-term use may lead to a significant incidence of kidney and liver damage, stomach ulceration, slight bowel irritation, and capillary fragility. More alarmingly, two of the most popular osteoarthritis drugs, Vioxx and Bextra, were recently recalled due to serious increased health risks, some even fatal!

Fortunately, natural osteoarthritis treatment can be just as effective, and many arthritis sufferers have been able to get their conditions under control using alternatives to osteoarthritis drugs.

For starters, you can choose from a variety of strengthening options, including: resistive water exercises, elastic bands, free weights, and exercise machines, to determine which osteoarthritis treatments work best for you. Physical therapy exercises, such as swimming, water aerobics, walking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, strengthening, and stretching, are all highly beneficial osteoarthritis treatments. Weight loss can also be helpful, as a means of lessening the impact on the joints when performing physical activities.

A healthy, balanced diet is another form of osteoarthritis treatment. It is recommended that you remove all inflammatory causes from your diet for at least one month. These include: dairy products, wheat, and ‘nightshade’ plants, such as potatoes, peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, and tobacco. Decrease consumption of all animal products other than fish. Aside from green vegetables, your diet should include carrots, avocado, seaweed, spirulina, barley, sprouts, pecans, soy products, and whole grains. Avoid caffeine and sugar, as well as alcohol, saturated fat, hydrogenated fat (margarine), excess salt, spinach, cranberries, plums, and nuts.   healing or feeding

Along with maintaining a healthy diet, herbal supplements and natural remedies can also provide osteoarthritis treatment. Glucosamine sulfate, (GS) derived mostly from oyster and crab shells, and Chondroitin, derived mostly from shark and cow cartilage, are both building blocks for cartilage regeneration. SAMe and MSM (a form of sulfur) help build connective tissue to form strong joints, improving pain and stiffness for flexible joints and comfortable movement. CMO helps repair and restore damaged tissue without depressing the immune system. These supplements are much safer than osteoarthritis drugs, and do not cause any of the side effects associated with prescription medications.

Supplementing is important because many of these treatments are not easily obtained from food. In addition to the supplements above, Boswellia has a unique anti-inflammatory action, much like conventional NSAIDs. However, unlike NSAIDs, long-term use of boswellia does not lead to irritation or ulceration of the stomach. White willow is also an anti-inflammatory with pain relieving effects. Although typically slow-acting, results tend to last longer than aspirin. Ginger acts as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory and is most effective when made into tea. Like tea, fresh juices are more easily absorbed by the body than most supplements. Cherries, hawthorn berries, blueberries, and blackberries- and their juices- enhance collagen matrix integrity and structure.

With all these natural osteoarthritis treatments, it’s easy to see that temporary fixes are not worth a lifetime of discomfort. Furthermore, osteoarthritis drugs may actually speed up the degenerative process- not to mention numerous other side-effects. There is a better solution, one in which you can actively play a part. Talk with your healthcare practitioner to decide which osteoarthritis treatment will be most effective for you. Take charge of your treatment so you can take charge of your life!

Some proven to work products are Joint Health Complex, Omega Guard and Pain Relief Complex


This article is from Joint-Pain.com

How To Tell If A Vitamin Is Natural Or Synthetic

By Cheryl Myers

Some consumers do not know how to identify a natural vitamin from a synthetic one. Vitamin and mineral supplements may contain labels that are too complicated for you to understand. You may not even know what to look for in a vitamin or mineral supplement.

Some manufacturers of commercial vitamin and mineral supplements add synthetics to vitamin products, typically to increase the vitamin’s potency, but many synthetics are made from derivatives of coal tar – a known carcinogen found in cigarette smoke. This is only one of the reasons why it is important to talk to your doctor before taking any new supplement.

5 Steps To Identify The Ingredients On A Vitamin Label


Step 1

Look for the words “100 percent natural” on the product’s label. Some product labels may contain the words “natural,” but manufacturers can claim “natural” on their nutritional products if at least 10 percent of the product comes from natural food sources. The Organic Consumers Organization recommends looking for products that contain “100 percent plant-based” or “100 percent animal-based” on the product’s label.

Step 2

Find the “food source” list on the products label. If the product’s label does not contain a list of natural food sources, then the product is synthetic. Look for food sources such as yeast, fish, vegetable and citrus.

Step 3

Identify whole foods in the ingredient list instead of the particular nutrient. Dr. Ben Kim, a chiropractor and acupuncturist with his own radio show, says to look for foods on the list of ingredients that contain a certain vitamin, such as “acerola cherry powder,” which contains vitamin C. If you can identify “vitamin C” in the ingredient list, Kim says you can almost guarantee that the vitamin is synthetic.

Step 4

Look for salt forms on the product label, a synthetic added to supplements for increasing the stability of the vitamin or mineral. Some of the salt forms to look for include acetate, bitartrate, chloride, gluconate, hydrochloride, nitrate and succinate.

Step 5

Learn how to read the product’s label by looking for keywords that indicate the supplement is synthetic. Words that end in “ide” or “ate” indicate that the product contains salt forms, which are synthetics. 

For instance, if you see chloride, hydrochloride, acetate or nitrate on the list of ingredients, the manufacturer used synthetics for the product.

Additionally, the letters “dl” that appear before the name of an ingredient indicates the supplement is synthetic. As an example, look for “fish oils” when buying a vitamin A supplement. If the product’s label states “palmitate,” it is a synthetic vitamin A supplement.

Common Synthetic Vitamins to Avoid

Vitamin A: Acetate and Palmitate

  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): Thiamine Mononitrate, Thiamine Hydrochloride
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): Riboflavin
  • Pantothenic Acid: Calcium D-Pantothenate
  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
  • Vitamin B12: Cobalamin
  • PABA (Para-aminobenzoic Acid): Aminobenzoic Acid
  • Folic Acid: Pteroylglutamic Acid
  • Choline: Choline Chloride, Choline Bitartrate
  • Biotin: d-Biotin
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): Ascorbic Acid
  • Vitamin D: Irradiated Ergosteral, Calciferol
  • Vitamin E: dl-alpha tocopherol, dl-alpha tocopherol acetate or succinate

For all natural non GMO Vitamins go to www.smartsolutionsforliving.com

5 Must Have Arthritis Pain Relievers

joint health complex1-Joint Health Complex   An effective and powerful combination of glucosamine and                                          boswellia. Usually works within a week.

Glucosamine is a natural compound that is found in healthy cartilage. Glucosamine sulfate is a normal consistuent of glycoaminoglycans in cartilage matrix synovial fluid.

Available evidence from randomized controlled trials supports the use of glucosamine sulfate in the treatment of osteoarthritis, particularly of the knee. It is believed that the sulfate provides clinical benefit in the synovial fluid by strenghthening cartilage and aiding glycosaminoglycan synthesis. If this hypothesis is confirmed, it would mean that only the glucosaminesulfate form is effective and non-sulfated glucosamine forms are not effective.

Boswellia has become a popular herb recently for its benefits in fighting inflammation, which involves many processes that the body uses to help heal itself. It is most evident when we sprain an ankle and develop swelling and tenderness. However, inflammation that goes on day after day can lead to chronic problems such as arthritis or cancer. Boswellia appears to have the ability to counteract inflammation [Source: Ammon, Kulkarni]. This anti-inflammatory effect could correlate to benefit many chronic illnesses like arthritis, asthma and inflammatory bowel disease.                                                   .

2-Super Cal Mag Plus  You need more than just calcium to build strong bones. Suoer Cal Mag Plus provides a unique matrix of critical nutrients including calcium, vitamin d, magnesium, phosphorus, and more to build and maintain strong bones, as well as teeth and muscles.

3-Joint And Muscle Cream  Paraben free. Based on menthol which is completely natural. The liposomes (absorbing sites in the skin) channeling                                        it deep in the tissue and it works in 5 minutes. Helps relieve pain so you don’t put strain on other joints.

4-Alfalfa  The king of anti arthritic plants. Alfalfa contains many minerals which are antiinflammatory. Shaklee only uses the young green leaves of the alfalfa plant. They are non toxic and natural-Not synthetic.

5-Vitamin D3  Vitamin D is essential for good bone health, but as research now suggests, it is also important in chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis and cancer. Shaklee Vitamin D3 is subjected to over 300 tests to guarantee product purity.Vitamin D


Why Farmed Salmon Is Losing Its Omega-3 Edge

Why Farmed Salmon Is Losing Its Omega-3 Edge

Two fresh salmons

When Amanda West Reade was pregnant with her now two-year-old son, she started eating farmed salmon. As a vegetarian, she knew that getting enough protein, omega-3s, and folic acid to boost her growing baby’s development might be tricky.

“My doctor listed a few meal ideas and I thought I could handle the salmon,” says Reade. “She said to lean more towards farmed salmon because it was higher in omega-3s.”

Reade followed her doctor’s advice and added farmed salmon to her diet three times a week. “It became something I really craved,” she says.

Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids are good for the brain and eye development of growing babies and salmon has been a go-to meal for those looking for a reliable a low-mercury fish source. When it comes to omega-3 fatty acids, the message is the clear: All salmon is a good choice.

But that might soon change. A piece of farmed salmon today may contain as little as half the amount of omega-3s than it did a decade ago.

This is according to the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organization (IFFO), a trade group that represents stakeholders in the marine ingredient industry. The group is sounding the alarm over declining levels of omega-3s in farmed salmon.

A 2008 paper showed that for every 3.5 ounces of farmed salmon you ate, you would get about 2-2.5 grams of EPA [eicosapentaenoic acid] and DHA [docosahexaenoic acid], and that was down from 3 grams three years earlier. Since 2008, it has come down further,” says Andrew Jackson, technical director at IFFO. “You’re probably only going to get 1.5 grams per serving now.”

It’s a problem the industry has been aware of for several years.

“As the producers of fish oil, we thought it would be a good idea to inform everybody. Some retailers put it on the package. Some don’t,” says Jackson. “We’re pushing for informed decision making.”

Steady pressure on the farmed salmon industry from environmentalists has pushed producers to become more eco-friendly, including efforts to reduce the quantity of forage fish like anchovy, sardines or menhaden in their feed. These small wild fish are ground up and made into fish oil and fishmeal—a critical part of the farmed salmon’s diet. And while they are the very source of the omega-3s consumers seek, most consumers choose larger fish like salmon and tuna, rather than eating sardines themselves.

Worldwide, forage fish stocks continue to shoulder enormous pressure, and environmental groups have been calling for better management of these tiny but important fish. Dwindling numbers have also led the price of fishmeal to rise by more than doubled in recent years.

In October, Peru, the largest producer of fishmeal, shut down its anchovy fishery because the stocks simply weren’t there. Weeks later, traders saw prices soar as high as a dizzying $2,370 a metric ton—66 percent higher than prices at the year’s start.

It’s understandable that salmon farmers are racing to find a replacement for forage fish. Soy, algae, barley protein, insects, trimmings from seafood processing, and even mixed nut meal from California’s pistachio and almond industry are all appearing in feed.

Verlasso, a joint venture between ag-chemical giant DuPont and farmed-salmon giant AquaChile, has also developed a genetically modified yeast which carries genes from an omega-3 producing algae and has dramatically reduced the company’s reliance on forage fish as a component of the salmon’s diet.

“I’ve never seen so much development for aquaculture,” says Rick Barrows, research nutritionist at U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. “There are a lot of ingredients being evaluated and developed. The whole question is, can they be scalable?”

So far, the alternatives are expensive, and most don’t solve the problem of how to keep the omega-3s in farmed salmon.

“There’s a lot of research on what we can do to address the fish oil gap. Unfortunately there’s not a good answer to that,” says Steven Hart, executive director, Soy Aquaculture Alliance. One solution is what’s called a “finishing feed.” Producers use vegetable oil for most of the salmon’s life, and then “switch it to fishmeal to keep the omega-3 levels up.”

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee also have their eyes on declining levels of omega-3s in farmed salmon as they work on the 2015 recommendations for Americans.

J. Thomas Brenna, professor of human nutrition, chemistry and food science, Cornell University and committee member, says the committee plans to comment on in the change in its upcoming report to the secretaries of HHS and of agriculture. “While changes in feeds is certainly an issue, recent scientific studies do not appear to support the view that omega-3 in farmed salmon is lower than in wild salmon.”

That’s an important point.

Even if today’s farmed salmon carries far less omega-3 fatty acids than it once did, it’s now on par with wild salmon, and still packs more than species like tilapia, lobster or catfish.

So how is a consumer to know if their salmon dinner is indeed rich with omega-3s? Don’t bother looking at the label.

“Omega-3s are not labeled, so consumers can’t possibly have any idea how much farmed fish contain,” says Marion Nestle, author and New York University professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health. Levels can vary from farm to farm, depending on in-house feed recipes and the time of year salmon are harvested.

Gavin Gibbons, spokesperson for the National Fisheries Institute says even with lower levels of omega-3s, farmed salmon remains a “super food.”

“The fact is, despite any increase in plant oil ingredients in salmon feed, it still contains very high levels of omega-3s,” says Gibbons.

That’s true for now, but with a finite supply of forage fish, continued worldwide growth in aquaculture, and the absence of a holy-grail, keeping our farmed fish brimming with omega-3s could be a persistent problem. But that also assumes that farmed fish will continue to be our primary source of omega-3s.omega guard

“Should [farmed] fish have to carry the omega-3 burden?” Barrows asks.

It’s an important question to consider. As Nestle points out, “They can also be synthesized in the body from shorter chain fatty acids widely available in plants, but slowly,” says Nestle. “So eating vegetables is a slow but steady way to get omega-3s.”