Micronutrients Have Impressive Benefits:
According to New Studies
Lets discuss the beneficial effects of vitamins and antioxidants in regard to cancer.
I came across an interesting article in the current addition of the journal, Prostate. Researchers from Salt Lake City reported that vitamins C and E were potent inducers of apoptosis (the genetically determined and internal destruction of cells) in human prostate cancer cells.
As a corollary to this, there was another study published last month looking at micronutrient concentrations in patients with malignant disease. In this study, blood samples were collected from 50 patients with various malignancies and measured for various vitamins and micro-minerals. It was found that cancer patients had decreased concentrations of zinc, selenium, and vitamins A, C and B1. They further looked at the inflammatory response in these cancer patients by measuring a specific factor related to inflammation called "C reactive protein." It was found that there was a significant correlation between elevations in C reactive protein (indicating increased inflammation) with decreased levels of vitamins A and C.
There was another interesting study published last month in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Over the years, there has been increasing evidence to suggest that low intake of some of the B vitamins, including folate, was associated with increased risk of colon/rectal cancer, along with breast cancer, especially in individuals who drank alcohol. In this epidemiologic study out of Sweden, 61,000 women ages 38-76 were followed for approximately 13-16 years. At the end of the study, 266 cases of invasive ovarian cancer were diagnosed. It was found that those women who consumed approximately two drinks a week had a correlation with folic acid intake and the risk of ovarian cancer. Those women with the highest dietary folic acid intake had the lowest risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Another interesting article that was published last month in a medical journal dealt with the role of supplements in optimizing health. The author of the article indicated that optimum intake of micronutrients could markedly increase health, particularly for those individuals who are poor, young, obese and elderly. The author indicated 3 distinct reasons to take in micronutrients.
The first was that of DNA damage. Deficiencies in vitamins B6, B12, C, E, or folic acid appeared to mimic the effect of radiation by damaging DNA. It was felt that half of the population in the United States may be deficient in at least one of these micronutrients.
The second reason given for taking micronutrients is what is referred to as the "Km concept." There are approximately 50 different genetic diseases that are due to binding deficiencies (Km) of enzymes that can be improved by consuming high-dose B vitamins.
The last reason is that of mitochondria oxidative decay. This is felt to be a major contributing factor to the aging process. I had previously reported on more than one occasion about a study published last year, which showed that old rats fed a combination of acetyl-L carnitine and alpha lipoic acid actually reversed this mitochondrial damage. NSI recently launched a new product call MitoCHpower that contains these nutrients, along with 200 mg of Coenzyme Q10 to improve and protect the mitochondria. There are other nutrients that are extremely important in regards to reducing the risk of cancers, such as selenium (200 mcg per day of selenomethionine), green tea (standardized for EGCG), curcumin (turmeric), and many others.
I have this old saying that I've used for many years: The best way to treat a chronic disease (such as cancer) is to prevent it. Aside from eating properly, exercising regularly, drinking 8 glasses of pure water per day, and getting 8 hours of sleep, the need for proper micronutrients is essential. I again refer you to the excellent line of multi-vitamins from Nutraceutical Sciences Institute (NSI) called Synergy. Depending on your pocketbook and interest in taking vitamins, the Synergy line of products basically offers something for everyone, with 11 to choose from. All the Synergy products are revolutionary and contain excellent doses of the critical antioxidants, minerals and B vitamins, far higher and of superior forms, when compared to products sold in the mass market and even at the local health food store. If your resources are limited and you only will take one capsule per day, Synergy Once-a-Day is an excellent product for you, costing only about $.30/day. For those of you who are more serious about your vitamin intake, we have various other Synergy products available, including Synergy Basic (2 capsules per day), Synergy V9 (6 capsules per day), Synergy Women and Synergy Men (8 capsules per day), going all the way up to Synergy Ultra and Supreme. All of the NSI Synergy multi-vitamins are reformulated yearly by our team of medical doctors to take advantage of the latest scientific studies and availability of new and improved nutrients. Do not sell your health out to the cheapest bidder, look for quality and efficacy -- and do not settle for less than the best.
By Allen S. Josephs, M.D.
My Thanks to this Helpful Internist and Neurologist.
Compare the dose and quality of these vitamins with what you see elsewhere. One reason I get 9/10 of my family products from them right off my own website. And I can get wholesale at 300 places. Wholesale sure beats going to local store and paying double, or going to local pharmacy and getting junk.