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Vitamins: Read the Labels and Make Sure You Get What You Pay For

Monday, September 13, 2010 by: Alice E. Marson
Tags: vitamins, labels, health news

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(NewsTarget) People by the millions are taking vitamins by the handful but they're not improving. Too familiar? Why? Their bodies are not absorbing the vitamins they are taking. They're throwing their money away and not getting the results they are expecting or the conditions they're trying to prevent. According to Dr. Julian Whitaker, one of the leading champions of vitamins and nutritional healing and founder and director of the world famous Whitaker Wellness Institute Medical Clinic in Newport Beach, California, the most common cause is taking inexpensive vitamins in tablet form. A chemical called DCP, used as a binding agent to hold all the ingredients in the tablet, is used by many tablet manufacturers. DCP is incapable of breaking down completely in the body.

Hard-coated tablets do not dissolve, so naturally, your body will not absorb the nutrient. This can cause blocked blood vessels, painful joints, kidney stones and premature aging. The bottom line is DO NOT TAKE VITAMINS IN A HARD-COATED TABLET FORM! Instead, use loose powder, capsules or softgel capsules. These forms dissolve much more quickly.

Never buy cut-rate vitamins---like offers from mail order houses that hawk supplements at huge savings. Row upon row of nutritional supplements can be found in supermarkets, pharmacies and health food stores. Never buy inexpensive, off-brand supplements or cheap mail order brands without first checking them out. Additives, food allergens, sugar, artificial food coloring and flavoring are often found in cut-rate brands. They may even contain shellac, chlorine and other potential hazardous chemicals. Read the labels! Potency and purity can also vary widely, even from pill to pill within the same bottle. A study by doctors at Duke University recently examined 12 bottles of one popular supplement and most samples contained 60 percent less than the amount claimed on the label.

Freshness is another issue. The FDA does not require expiration dates on supplement bottles; so many companies don't include them. Calcium can last for years, but others, like vitamin B and C, are unstable. Stores should throw out expired products, but many do not.

Avoid time-release formulas which are more expensive; they present the problem of not dissolving quickly enough to do any good.

Your one-a-day all-purpose vitamin is not enough even though your primary doctor says it is. The one-a-day all-purpose one has a smattering of many vitamins but not enough of any one to do you any good. The RDA (required daily allowance) standards set some 40-60 years ago by the U.S. Government when they were more concerned about scurvy and rickets than heart disease and cancer are obsolete. Ex. The RDA for vitamin C is a mere 60mg. If you would like to cut your heart attack risk in half and add eight years to your life span follow the advice of a UCLA research study and take 400mg. or more of vitamin C.

Be sure to READ THE LABELS!!!

In summary, Dr. Whitaker recommends dosages based on the latest scientific research, not the 60-year old RDA amounts and he states, "A hodgepodge approach to your vitamin regimen can only produce hodgepodge results."


M.D.'s Wellness Journal
The Whitaker Wellness Institute
Winter 2000

About the author

Alice E. Marson is a natural health published author and researcher. She is a retired teacher and writes for Mature Living and ActiveAmericans.com mainly on health topics.
As a breast cancer survivor she is a strong believer in natural and alternative medicine and avoiding prescription drugs.
Alice has given public and TV presentations on toxic products in the home.

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