Supplements like multivitamins versus drugs

supplements

Before I discuss some specific topics about multiple vitamin/mineral supplements, I probably should at least touch on the question of whether they are useful. A bunch of studies show benefits from multivitamins. However, it seems that only the ones showing no result or a problem make the news. I always read at least the abstracts of those negative reports and it seems most of them have design problems. They often start out showing their inherent bias in the introduction by using other questionable studies as background. Below is one example of a study with remarkable benefit that should have been in the newspaper:

  • 7,728 postmenopausal womenwho had been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer were followed for about 7 years. Breast cancer deaths were 30% lower among the women who were taking multivitamins. 30%! Link to study.

The subjects in that breast cancer study were not instructed which product to take. Because quality makes such a big difference, I’d love to know how the data would stack up if we could compare the women on a great multivitamin to those on some crappy product from a discount store. For example, I saw one study that showed significant memory benefits in subjects taking a so-so multivitamin. In contrast, a similar study did not show benefit…but, the multi used in that study was Centrum Silver. Speaking of that particular product, I started to list at 8 or more reasons I do not approve of it. But, to keep this blog from getting too long, decided to give that list next week. (Don’t miss it. It will be brutal.)

I’ve had multiple requests about Bill Sardi’s Molecular Multi. People want to know where to get it, which supplements I was able to stop taking, and what things I still take along with it. (By the way, Molecular Multi commercials air on our show at no charge because I hope to boost sales enough that Bill Sardi can become a sponsor.) The list below is after I switched from what was already a very good 4-capsule multivitamin:

  • Using muscle testing as a double check, I eliminated: ascorbyl palmitate (an oil soluble form of vitamin C), vitamin E, a fancy B-complex and potassium.
  • I also reduced the amount of vitamin A, zinc, selenium and vitamin D.
  • It was reassuring that after Dr. Einsohn muscle tested me on Molecular Multi, he said that he had never seen such a positive reaction. He wanted to buy some.

Link here to Bill Sardi’s article about multivitamins. Mr. Sardi will soon release a bone formula that has vitamin K2. Meanwhile my vitamin D spray has K2 in it. Other supplements that I still take: Longevinex, an adrenal stress formula, Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics, Reg’Activ Liver/Detox and digestive enzymes. I also love Willard Water and Kyolic. Because of my small thyroid, I take 4 drops of a liquid iodine. Oh, and I take magnesium at bedtime and put fish oil in my protein drinks.

That may sound like a lot of supplements (the photo is generic, not my assortment). But consider this: 36% of seniors take 5 or more prescription drugs. I take no pharmaceutical chemicals whatever. I don’t have a particularly good family health history and what I’m about to say is not bragging, but rather a testimonial for nutritional supplements (and a prayer of gratitude). I have normal blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. I very sleep well; can walk 5 miles; do core-strengthening planks; and can touch my toes. I can usually work a 6-star sudoku puzzle so, there must be at least a few working brain cells. I am the same height that I’ve always been. (Okay, wise guys…as tall as I’ve been as an adult.)  I attribute the fact that I’m old yet still healthy and cheerful to nutritional supplements…and to what are mostly decent diet and lifestyle habits. (I don’t smoke or drink soft drinks.) I am fussy about the pills that I take and think that Molecular Multi is an especially good investment. Even so, I still want to save. That is why I buy 3 at a time to get one free. (It is currently only available directly from Bill Sardi’s company, Lifespan nutrition.)



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