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12 Nov 2002 12:50 PST
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I never took multivitamin, now what kind of multivitamin should I take?
Answered By: kyrie26-ga on 12 Nov 2002 13:20 PST
Hi anw559-ga, The best type of multivitamin for anyone is in "ionic" or "colloidal" form. This means it is in organic solution, and is very easily absorbed by the body's cells where it is needed most. This is also known as "high bioavailability". This is one of the most important considerations when choosing a multivitamin because there are many brands on the market, and some of them may have a wide range of vitamins/minerals containted in a tablet, but may not be in the best form for absorption by your body. For example, some brands of calcium supplements use calcium carbonate, which is only 5% absorbable. The rest passes through your body. In same cases you get a buildup of toxicity if it is too much for your body to handle. Most colloidal vitamin/mineral solutions are 50% absorbable. The following product, Maximol Solutions, however, is 98% absorbable, and is a very high quality product : +------------------------------------------------------+ Maximol Solutions Liquid Colloidal Vitamin & Mineral Supplement http://www.naturallyhealthyonline.com/maximol-solutions.php [begin excerpt] Probably one of the best and most trusted world-wide supplements is Maximol Solutions. Maximol Solutions will give your body all of the nutrients it needs, to begin building perfect new cells from the moment you begin taking it. Your body is continually making new cells to replace damaged and sub-standard cells and as you increase your number of perfect cells, you will begin to feel better, more active and make progress towards optimum health. Maximol Solutions is a naturally sourced, fully balanced, highly bio-absorbable, liquid supplement containing 132 nutrients, including all of the 12 essential minerals, 53 trace and rare earth minerals, 17 vitamins, 20 amino acids and 30 enzymes, which are needed on a daily basis for excellent health. It is a pleasant-tasting raspberry flavoured liquid with all of the nutrients in the ionic (sub-colloidal) bioavailable form so that up to 98% of them will be absorbed, to enter the blood stream and begin working immediately. The natural organic fulvic acid that achieves this remarkable absorption feat is subject to worldwide patents - Maximol Solutions IS unique! 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It will have a dramatic effect on your general health and lifestyle. [end excerpt] +------------------------------------------------------+ Colloidal Mineral Supplement with Fulvic Acid for Better Health http://www.vitalityconnection.com/minerals.htm [begin excerpt] Maximol Solutions Liquid Minerals Feel The Difference! What Sets Our Colloidal Minerals Apart from All Others In the Marketplace? - Liquid trace minerals - Heavy metals removed - Most important 12 minerals standardized - Vitamin complex - Amino Acid complexes - 30 Enzymes - Patented liposomal multi-lamellar (layer upon layer) delivery system dramatically increases the absorption - Fulvic Acid for cellular life - Ionic Charged - Tastes great - MOST POWERFUL nutritional elixir -- no exceptions What Makes This The BEST Choice Liquid Mineral? 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When these ingredients are together they work synergistically and become extremely powerful. You Are What You Assimilate A patented liposomal multi-lamellar (layer upon layer) delivery system dramatically increases the absorption of Maximum Liquid Minerals. It is the greatest nutritional elixir you can buy -- no exceptions. Heavy Metals Are Out We utilize an expensive process to eliminate the Aluminum, Lead, Cadmium, Mercury, Arsenic, and potentially heavy, toxic metal minerals. No artificial colors, flavors, sugars, glucose, or artificial sweeteners. [end excerpt] +------------------------------------------------------+ Here's another Colloidal Mineral solution from another brand : Dr. Wallach's Colloidal Mineral ULTIMATE Product description American Longevity Majestic Earth http://www.deaddoctors.com/html/13201.htm [begin excerpt] Dr. Joel Wallach's American Longevity Colloidal Mineral Product Line Majestic Earth Ultimate Classic 32oz Liquid Supplement $38 Wholesale $55 Retail A Liquid Vitamin, Mineral and Amino Acid supplement containing a highly Bio-Available Complex featuring PLANT DERIVED MINERALS and other Beneficial Nutrients With today's active lifestyle virtually all of us are lacking in vitamins, minerals or other essential nutrients such as amino acids and essential fatty acids. With our farm and range soil and subsequently our food supply largely lacking in minerals, it is a growing belief that supplementation with all the known essential nutrients is essential for optimal health! MAJESTIC EARTHTM ULTIMATE is formulated to be so complete that little other supplementation is necessary. Also available: Tangy Tangerine, Sports Plus, and Ultimate Daily (Tablets) MAJESTIC EARTH ULTIMATE is the most complete full spectrum, dietary supplement ever offered in liquid form. MAJESTIC EARTH ULTIMATE provides super high potency vitamins, amino acids, chelated major minerals, plus all trace minerals in highly absorbable organic colloidal form. In addition to the Full Spectrum of vitamins, minerals, trace minerals and free form amino acids, Majestic Earth ULTIMATE also provides the following specialized nutrient cofactors: Grape Seed Extract: With the advent of the free radical etiology of many diseases, the search for more and more powerful anti oxidant yielding compounds has been underway. One of the most powerful such anti oxidant nutrients to be discovered in recent years was found in grape seed extract and pine bark. Also known commercially under its copyrighted trade name Pycnogenol, this powerful anti oxidant has been shown to provide numerous possible benefits to the human biochemistry. In addition to protecting the other anti oxidant nutrients such as Vitamin C, grape seed extract may slow the damage associated with aging, restore elasticity and smoothness to the skin via its influence on skin protein formation, strengthen capillaries, enhance circulation and provide the greatest single anti oxidant source for cellular protection presently known. CoEnzyme Q10: Also frequently called ubiquinone, Coenzyme Q10 is also a powerful anti oxidant similar to Vitamin E but offers additional benefits in assisting the cells of the body in taking up available oxygen. Since this powerful nutrient declines with age it is important to take it in supplement form. Numerous clinical studies have shown that Coenzyme Q10 may be beneficial in a wide variety of physical conditions. Superoxide Dismutase: Superoxide Dismutase or SOD is an enzyme. SOD revitalizes the body cells and reduces the rate of cell destruction. It removes the most common free radical, Superoxide, therefore it is also an anti oxidant. SOD assists the body in the utilization of many minerals including copper, zinc and manganese. Since free radical damage tends to increase with age, increased amounts of SOD in supplement form may be especially beneficial as we grow older. Bioflavinoids: There has been a great deal of publicity recently about the benefits of consuming red wine and its possible connection to reducing heart disease. The active chemicals in the red wine are bioflavinoids. These substances protect the heart tissue, while the moderate amount of alcoholin the wine exercises a positive effect on lipoproteins. Majestic Earth "ULTIMATE" contains 100 mg of bioflavinoids per ounce. You have to provide your own alcohol if you want it. Dimethylglycline: Russian scientists have been studying this substance for many years and feel strongly that it assists the cells of the body in taking up and eventually using oxygen. [end excerpt] +------------------------------------------------------+ Google Search Terms : colloidal vitamin mineral supplement ://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&q=colloidal+vitamin+mineral+supplement All in all, colloidal/ionic multivitamin/multimineral supplements are the best for your body. They have the whole spectrum of elements, including trace elements, that you body needs to keep in perfect health, fend off sicknesses, and prevent disease in the long-term. Studies have shown that many diseases of today are actually deficiency diseases cause by inadequate absorption of trace elements from our diet. Most of our commercial food is grown in minerally depleted soils. Look for a good colloidal/ionic multivitamin/multimineral solution for optimum health! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask for a Request For Clarification. Thanks and have a great day. Regards, kyrie26-ga
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From: neilzero-ga on 13 Nov 2002 11:00 PST
The recommendation by kyrie may be excellent, but it is very controversial. There is wide diversity of opinion on vitimun and mineral suppliments, and few would agree tha colloidal suppliments are better, or even real science. I recommend swapping with some of your friends so you get a different formula daily. This is the shot gun approach. Modern science still has a lot to learn about nutrition in a pill (or colloidal solution), so good advice is to depend heavily on fresh fruits and vegetables, plus 1/2 glass of water per hour, intead of other beverages. Eat less animal products and processed foods. Neil
From: lancebowski-ga on 15 Nov 2002 11:28 PST
anw559-ga, Your question concerning vitamins, simple yet very important, comes on the heels of a major paradigm shift by the American Medical Association this summer concerning supplementation. It would be best if I started my commentary by referring you to the JAMA papers: Vitamins for Chronic Disease Prevention in Adults Robert Fletcher / Kathleen Fairfield, MDs JAMA 2002; 287:3127-3129 http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v287n23/abs/jsr20001.html http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v287n23/abs/jsr20000.html [companion newspaper article at end of post] At the most _basic_ level of supplementation, you want to find a multivitamin that: 1) will disintegrate within a reasonable amount of time in the stomach (if it doesn't dissolve, no benefits!) [ US Pharmacopeia standards: http://www.usp.org/reporting/review/rev_038a.htm ] 2) contains at least 100% of the RDA for the major (non-trace) components, 3) for men and non-menstruating women, contains no iron (issues of negative effects on heart health for men; risk of hemochromatosis, a blood disorder caused by excessive iron, for both sexes). One of the co-authors of the JAMA study, Dr. Robert Fletcher (Harvard) spoke to baseline types of vitamins they had in mind: "Fletcher said most popular over-the-counter brands of multivitamins are sufficient and cheap, costing $20 to $30 a year..." [fr. "Vitamin a day just what doctors order" by Ronald Kotulak ChicagoTribune science reporter / June 19, 2002] "One-A-Day's Men's" or 'Women's", as just two examples, address these most basic concerns. http://www.bayercare.com/oad/oadmen.html http://www.bayercare.com/oad/oadwomen.html However, overview of research and clinical data indicates that significantly higher (but safe) levels of (for example) folate, vitamins C, D, E and beta-carotene (A) than can be found in "One-A-Day"-type formulations are required to reap greater health and disease prophylaxis benefits. Dr. Jeffrey Blumberg, chief of antioxidant research at Tufts University's Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center: "'It's just wonderful that JAMA is publishing this information and this recommendation. It's nice to see this change in philosophy that's saying we can make public health recommendations based on this really compelling set of data.' Blumberg said the JAMA recommendations are also important because they underscore a growing concept among nutrition experts that the recommended daily allowances, or RDAs, for many vitamins are set too low. RDAs essentially were established to prevent symptoms of vitamin deficiency disorders, he said. But there is growing evidence that higher levels of many vitamins are necessary to achieve optimum health..." [The National Academy of Sciences, which sets RDAs, is revising its recommendations based on the new evidence.] [fr. "Vitamin a day just what doctors order" by Ronald Kotulak ChicagoTribune science reporter / June 19, 2002] Examples of multivitamins meeting these "early adaptor" standards would be Shiff and Twinlab. Schiff Single Day (purchase "no iron" version): http://www.schiffvitamins.com/productsearch_results.asp?p=3 Twinlab multivitamins: http://www.twinlab.com/vitamins.cfm It would be extremely prudent to take the time to familiarize yourself with the basics of vitamin science and gain an overview of the research. As your knowledge increases, you will be able to make informed decisions about brands, importance of food sources, etc.. One area of assistance in this regard is the vitamin page, "BioBlog: Multivitamins/minerals" (be sure to click the "Bioshields" sections for each vitamin - they contain summarized research overviews dating back to the early 90's): http://bios7.tripod.com/bioblog/vitaminblog.html#vit To your health, Lancebowski-ga --------------------- BEGIN ARTICLE EXCERPTS "Vitamin a day just what doctors order" By Ronald Kotulak Tribune science reporter June 19, 2002 Reversing a long-standing anti-vitamin policy, the Journal of the American Medical Association on Wednesday is advising all adults to take at least one multivitamin pill each day. Scientists' understanding of the benefits of vitamins has rapidly advanced, and it now appears that people who get enough vitamins may be able to prevent such common chronic illnesses as cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis, according to Drs. Robert H. Fletcher and Kathleen M. Fairfield of Harvard University, who wrote JAMA's new guidelines. The last time JAMA made a comprehensive review of vitamins, about 20 years ago, it concluded that normal people shouldn't take multivitamins because they were a waste of time and money. People can get all the nutrients they need from their diet, JAMA advised, adding that only pregnant women and chronically sick people may need certain vitamins. That was at a time when knowledge about vitamins was just beginning to expand. The role that low levels of folate, or folic acid, play in neural tube defects, for instance, was not known, nor was its role as a major risk factor for heart disease. Many doctors have been telling their patients for years to take vitamins. Nearly 1 out of 3 Americans take multivitamins and many of them are afraid to tell their doctor for fear he or she would disapprove. But researchers hope that JAMA's endorsement will result in more people reaping health benefits of a daily vitamin. Health experts are increasingly worried that most American adults do not consume healthy amounts of vitamins in their diet, although they may be getting enough to ward off such vitamin deficiency disorders as scurvy, beriberi and pellagra. Almost 80 percent of Americans do not eat at least five helpings of fruits and vegetables a day, the recommended minimum amount believed to provide sufficient essential nutrients. Humans do not make their own vitamins, except for some vitamin D, and they must get them from food to prevent metabolic disorders. [...] Even people who eat five daily servings of fruits and vegetables may not get enough of certain vitamins for optimum health, Fletcher said. Most people, for instance, cannot get the healthiest levels of folate and vitamins D and E from currently recommended diets, he said. "All of us grew up believing that if we ate a reasonable diet, that would take care of our vitamin needs," Fletcher said."But the new evidence, much of it in the last couple of years, is that vitamins also prevent the usual diseases we deal with every day--heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and birth defects." Dr. Michael Sitrin, director of the University of Chicago's clinical nutrition research center, said there is a growing conviction that taking a multiple vitamin a day would improve overall public health. But there are still some people who insist that advocating the use of vitamins will encourage some people to pop a pill and continue to eat their bad diets, he said. Because foods contain thousands of vitamin-like compounds--many not yet identified--that may be important for good health, vitamin supplements should not be a substitute for a wholesome diet, Blumberg said. Follow-up articles are needed about the role of vitamin supplements in reducing the risk of macular degeneration, cataracts, Alzheimer's disease, immune dysfunction and other disorders, he said. Nutrition knowledge lacking Fletcher and Fairfield said efforts to get people to eat healthier diets have not been very successful. The nation's doctors need to upgrade their knowledge about nutrition and tell patients to take multivitamins, he said. Current nutrition information is available from the National Institutes of Health (http://www.cc.nih.gov/ccc/supplements) and Tufts (http://www.navigator.tufts.edu). Dr. Catherine D. DeAngelis, JAMA editor, said the purpose of the two multivitamin articles is to help busy physicians quickly incorporate the new knowledge into their practices. "Physicians are inadequately trained in nutrition," she said. "Everybody talks about it and tries to do something about it, but so far only a few places do it well." The Harvard researchers reviewed more than 150 studies to determine the health benefits of nine vitamins. They concluded that suboptimal levels of folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 are a risk factor for heart disease, neural tube defects and colon and breast cancer; low levels of vitamin D contribute to osteoporosis and fractures; and inadequate levels of the antioxidant vitamins A, E and C may increase the risk of cancer and heart disease. Although the articles did not make vitamin recommendations for children, Fletcher said they probably should take a daily multivitamin for the same reasons as adults. "The old advice was that you ought to take a vitamin pill while you're growing up, but once you become an adult you don't need them anymore," he said. "The new evidence counters that advice." [...] High potency vitamins also should be avoided because excessive amounts of fat-soluble vitamins such as A and K can accumulate in the body and become toxic. Three times the recommended dose of vitamin A can cause some birth defects during pregnancy, he said. Copyright (c) 2002, Chicago Tribune END ARTICLE EXCERPTS
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