Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Multivitamin Myth

The Nutrition in the Bottles Above are Nothing Like the Nutrition Conveniently Packaged in Fruits and Vegetables...
When it comes to health, don't believe everything you hear on TV!  This is especially true when it comes to multivitamin supplements or cereals that are "fortified" with vitamins and minerals.  As it turns out, research would suggest that these things may do more harm to your body than good...

Despite massive amounts of vitamins consumed by first world societies, overall health is declining everywhere except in countries that still rely mostly n farm-fresh foods.  Whereas vitamins in food are balanced bio-chemically, vitamin pills lack such balance and taking them outside of their 'food packages' perturb the body's balance of antioxidants and pro-oxidants.  Disturbing this balance can lead to many and varied negative side effects.

Real vitamin C, for example, present in foods like goji berries or oranges, has a much different biochemical effect than vitamin C made in a laboratory.  A 2004 study appearing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that women with diabetes who took high doses of synthetic vitamin C were more than twice as likely to die of heart disease or stroke compared with women who took no supplements or ate a diet high in vitamin C rich foods.  Every isolated vitamin has a similar story with different side-effects in the long term.  Read Supplements Exposed by Dr. Brian Clement for more information on this subject.

Vitamin B3 supplementation, which is commonly known as niacin, has been linked to hepatitis and other liver problems.  And, it's commonly added to processed foods, like breakfast cereals.  Among other symptoms that occur with niacin poisoning are hot flashes, itching skin, arrhythmia and nervousness.  (Meats like hamburger, by the way, are sometimes illegally colored red with niacin.  If you experience hot flashes after eating meat, you have likely eaten niacin-treated meat.)

Multimineral supplements, as well, are most often formulated with inorganic minerals that are different in structure than the organic minerals (structured by plants) that our bodies actually require.  Subsequently, calcium pills, which are made of the 'wrong' kind of calcium for our bodies, have been linked to arthritis- also known by some natural health professionals as calcification occurring in the joints. 

According to some of the world's most successful natural health professionals, vitamin deficiencies and health problems in general are in actuality NOT caused by insufficient intake.  They actually occur due to a congested capillary network that is unable to diffuse sufficient amounts of the vitamins to each cell.  How do these networks become clogged?  A diet rich in protein foods such as meat and pasteurized milk and processed foods of all types.  This would explain very well why Americans on the whole are not thriving, despite grocery shelves filled with enriched foods and 'megavitamins'! 

Source:  Timeless Secrets of Health and Rejuvenation by Andreas Mortiz
Simple Steps to Total Health by Andreas Moritz and John Hornecker

An additional note...   Instead of taking conventional multivitamins, take whole food nutritional supplements OR superfood powders instead.  As a result of pollution and modern agriculture, it is true that our normal daily meals (even if we eat organic) supply much, much less in the way of vitamins and minerals than they did even 50 years ago:  And, as a result, most benefit from taking extra nutrients, provided that they are in a BALANCED, whole food form! 

Some suggestions for whole food supplementation are below:


  1. Even though you take Supplements rich in vitamins and minerals, it's still important for you to eat fruits and vegetables. Every nutrients that you needs comes from those foods.

  2. Nice post, Bridget, I have always been a believer in natural resources for all bodily needs. I think one should resort to supplements only in dire situations. Like Victor said above, a healthy diet of fruits, veggies and lentils etc should, for the most part, be adequate to meet all nutritional needs.