Are vitamins and minerals important? Here is an example.
Taking 200 mcg (notice the c in there; this is 1/5 of 1 mg) a day of selenium reduces the occurrence of the following cancers by these amounts:
- Breast Cancer reduced 82%
- Prostate Cancer reduced 69%
- Colo-Rectal Cancer reduced 64%
- Lung Cancer reduced 39%
The above results were published in JAMA in 1998, so the doctors all should know about this. Has your doctor told you about this? Has he or she told you to take selenium?
And as an aside, cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy can be stopped with selenium, according to Dr. Wallach (Get the audio CD from Youngevity called “Selenium – an Interview with Gerhard Schrauzer”. I recommend the information from Youngevity, but not their products).
So minerals and vitamins are important. Since you can’t count on their presence in the foods you eat, you really need to supplement. Here are some guidelines for when you are considering supplements. In my (reasonably informed) opinion, there is a huge difference between vitamins in food-form versus synthetic isolates.
For example, as I’ve read and in my experience, synthetic B vitamins will turn your urine a bright yellow while natural B vitamins will not. Presumably the bright yellow color has to do with your liver flagging the synthetics as foreign substances and filtering them out of the blood and into the urine. So if all you want to do is stress your liver, take synthetic B vitamins! If on the other hand you want to get healthier, take natural ones.
Moving on to the next issue, as I understand it, what you need for good health are about 60 minerals, 16 vitamins, 12 amino acids, and 3 EFAs as a basis. Be sure one of those minerals is selenium. Then if you have specific issues you can add some a la carte items.
That’s all for now here. For more information, check out my other pages under Eat Fat – Be Thin on the above menu bar. Here is a good place to start. For one thing it will introduce you to the seriously bad effects of what today is called “wheat” (it is not wheat). Then you might read my Minerals page, and the Salts and Oil – Are you on Fire? page.