Supplements, Yes or No?

By | April 13, 2011

The question of supplements is something I always come back to.  Partially because I take quite a few each and every day and have for many, many years.  I started taking nutritional supplements way back in my bodybuilding days.  At that time no one really even knew about them however someone in the gym suggested I take a multi and I did.  That was the start.

Over the years I have taken many different brands of supplements.  Some better that others.  What I found is taking a high quality product has kept me in good health.  Prior to taking supplements I used to get sick in September and some time in May feel better just in time for allergy season!  Over the past 15 + years that I have been a regular supplement taker I no longer get sick in September.

Over the years people have laughed, kidded, judged me as being a bit ridiculous for taking supplements.  I have been strong in my resolve to be as healthy as I can be.  A colleague said to me a few months ago that everyone knows they must take at least a multivitamin because there are so many commercials on the TV telling them so!  Well that thought just fascinated me.  Well speed forward to last night.  Again watching the TV and isn’t there a commercial for dog vitamins.   My first thought people will be heading off for the pets stores on mass to get old Fido his multi.

Then I found this today:

JAMA and Harvard Researchers Recommend Vitamin  Supplements.

After 30 years of viewing the use of vitamin  supplements as unnecessary, the American medical establishment has reversed  itself and is beginning to recommend that all Americans need to supplement to  remain healthy.

For over a quarter of a century the American medical  establishment fought against the use of supplements but several years ago,  after thousands upon thousands of studies,  finally reversed themselves  and they now recommend that all adults take a nutritional supplement daily.

Here, in part, is what the Harvard medical school  researchers said:

“Vitamin  deficiency syndromes such as scurvy and beriberi are uncommon in Western  societies. However, suboptimal intake of some vitamins, above levels causing  classic vitamin deficiency, is a risk factor for chronic diseases and common in  the general population, especially the elderly.

Suboptimal  folic acid levels, along with suboptimal levels of vitamins B(6) and B(12), are  a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, neural tube defects, and colon and  breast cancer; low levels of vitamin D contribute to osteopenia and fractures;  and low levels of the antioxidant vitamins (vitamins A, E, and C) may increase  risk for several chronic diseases.

Most  people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone. It  appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements.'”

From:

the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA,2002, 287:3116-3126)

So I remain solid in my vitamin and supplement regime daily.  What about you?  Will you develop a daily vitamin and supplement program for yourself?  Or Will you develop a program for Fido?  Would love to hear your thoughts?

 

Just my Thought.  Wendy

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