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Taking a daily multivitamin is not sufficient for good nutrition

Thursday, April 28, 2005
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: health habits, nutritional supplements, nutrition

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One common misconception about nutrition is thinking you only have to take one multivitamin a day, and then you're set. People think, "OK, I've covered all my vitamins and minerals for the day because I took this one pill, and that's it." I have to laugh at that, because even though multivitamin pills may be helping them in some way, they don't provide sufficient nutrition for peak health or disease prevention.
In fact, if you ever find a study or a headline in the newspaper that says something like "Vitamin E is shown to have no benefits," that's because they were using an isolated, synthetic source of vitamin E. And, as is typical, they no doubt used very low dosage amounts. Any time a pharmaceutical company or a science researcher wants to discredit vitamins, it's very easy to structure a study that will do it. All they have to do is use very low doses and construct a bizarre set of study inclusion guidelines that eliminate all positive results. I've seen studies on vitamin E that were using a fraction of even the basic, minimal US RDA numbers, and even those numbers are way too low to be effective in the first place. So, of course, the results are going to be negative. But those results are manufactured for a political purpose (to discredit vitamins) and not at all based on solid science.

When I talk about nutrition and supplementation, I'm talking about taking literally dozens of capsules and eating several scoops of whole-food concentrate powder each and every day of your life. That's what I do; that's what healthy people do.

Why doctors misunderstand nutritional supplements
Doctors, by the way, don't seem to understand that these aren't medications, these aren't drugs: these are FOODS. So it's very difficult to "overdose" on any of these items; your body was actually designed to digest and assimilate these whole foods. It's just used to having them with more water than you might be providing if you're consuming them in a concentrated form.

Sometimes people ask me -- as if I were a doctor -- they will say, "How many capsules of Alive (a nutritional supplement) should I take every day? And should I take it with meals or between meals or should I have it with water or do I have to drink it with milk or juice?" And when people ask me these questions I immediately recognize that they have come from the world of pharmaceuticals -- they're used to asking these questions of their pharmacist or their doctor. They're used to thinking of everything as a drug.

These aren't drugs, folks, they're foods. You don't have to ask your doctor when to eat spinach. Do you eat spinach on an empty stomach or a full stomach? Do you have to drink milk with spinach or drink water with spinach? You don't ask such questions; you just eat these foods when you want to eat them. And the same thing is true with these supplements. You can take them any time of the day, with any kind of liquids, with or without meals, on an empty stomach or on a full stomach. It doesn't matter when you're consuming whole-food concentrates. Just get this nutrition into your body.

Avoid isolated vitamins and minerals
I also recommend that you move away from isolated vitamins and minerals. So forget about those cheap, low-cost bottles of vitamin C, vitamin E or those B vitamins you might find at the wholesale clubs, pharmacies or grocery stores. These are typically not going to do you very much good, because your body doesn't need just vitamin C; your body needs a whole complement of vitamins from a lot of different sources. If you want vitamin C, go with whole-food concentrates. You'll get plenty of vitamin C in a full-spectrum package that gives you antioxidants, phytonutrients, and cancer fighting compounds all at the same time; and none of that is actually listed on the label.

For example, if you buy the Alive Whole Food Energizer, you're not going to see on the label a listing of the B vitamins, the C vitamins, the antioxidants and so on, because it's not broken down like that. It just tells you what foods were used to make the product. From there, you have to understand that those foods provide those nutrients and much more in a full spectrum of great nutrition.

It's also important to take these supplements from several different sources. You don't want to take only superfoods every day and rely on that as your only source of supplemental nutrition. You don't want to take only the Alive food supplement and rely on that. You don't want to rely on any one brand; you want to have a variety of nutritional products so that you're getting whole food sources from three or four different manufacturers on a daily basis. This is the best way to be sure that you're getting a full complement of fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, microalgae, and other food sources that can provide peak nutrition for you. This article is a content segment from the book, the Five Habits of Health Transformation by Mike Adams. The book covers the five most effective, yet effortless strategies for enhancing health. Written for busy people, it explains how to get the greatest health results possible with the least investment in time, money or effort.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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