Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) January 06, 2014
Over the past few weeks there has been a flurry of news reports with the topic, “Doctors urge public to stop ‘wasting money’ on vitamin supplements.”* It is important to explain the other side of this issue now, as elimination of vitamin use could adversely affect people's health or healing progress. This article highlights a few of the many studies proving the effectiveness of vitamin supplements.
Dr. Adam McLeod, a Naturopathic doctor gives his opinion on the topic currently in the news about vitamin supplements. Most people get into to a habit of eating the same meals every day without much variation. With our fast paced society many need quick solutions for preparing healthy meals. A balanced diet is an illusive commodity for most. 90% of Americans think they eat somewhat a healthy diet, while 25% of Americans eat at fast food restaurants. This illusion about having a healthy diet is contradicted by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)**, which indicates that over 35% of Americans are obese. Poor eating habits cause deficiencies of vitamins and minerals in our bodies. Medical doctors have very little to no training in diet and supplements to correct deficiencies, contrary to Naturopathic doctors. Naturopathic Doctors are trained to focus on the causes of illness, rather that fixing the symptoms.”
There are hundreds of reputable research papers that support the use of vitamin and mineral supplements. The sixth leading cause of death in the US is Alzheimer Disease (AD) according to the US Alzheimer Association.*** In January 2004, JAMA Neurology**** reported there was a reduced risk of Alzheimer disease for those taking antioxidants such as vitamin E and C. A more recent study on January 1, 2014***** by Journal of American Medicine Association (JAMA) reported that patients with mild to moderate AD who took Vitamin E supplements had a slower function decline.
There is growing evidence that suggests that vitamin D deficiency may adversely affect the cardiovascular system. The American Heart Association Epidemiology reported that Vitamin D deficiency is associated with a higher incidence of cardiovascular disease.
The American society of Clinical Nutrition****** reported that increasing consumption of Vitamin D could substantially reduce all cancer risk in postmenopausal women. The New England Journal of Medicine reported that healthy postmenopausal women taking vitamin D supplements significantly improved hip bone density.
From research found in the National Research Library of Medicine, it was concluded that vitamin D plays an important role in our immune system. Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent in those with autoimmune diseases suggests that supplements of vitamin D for those with autoimmune disease would be beneficial. Scientists in Copenhagen******* have shown that vitamin D is very important in strengthening our immune system to improve the T-cell reaction to infections in the body.
Omega 3 fatty acids are essential in growth and development and should be included in the diets of all humans. From research cited in JAMA, men and women who have a higher consumption of omega-3 fatty acids have a lower risk of coronary heart disease, particularly death due to heart disease. The American Health Foundation reports that omega-3 fatty acids exert protective effects against some common cancers, specifically breast, colon, and possibly prostate cancer.
The list of research on the necessity of using good quality vitamins and supplements is very thorough. A recent news report* vilified vitamins and supported prescription drugs. It is important to understand the source of the information you are getting. What is their message and why? Is this really in your best interests, or theirs? It is your body, so rather than put your healing into the hands of others become involved in your own healing.
** en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obesity_in_the_United_States - Journal of American Medical Association, 20Jan2010, Obesity in America
***alz.org/alzheimers_disease_facts_and_figures.asp - The American Alzheimer's Association, 01Jan2013,Alzheimer's Facts and Figures
****archneur.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=785249 - JAMA Neurology, 01Jan2004, Reduced Risk of Alzheimer Disease in Users of Antioxidant Vitamin Supplements
*****jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1810379 - 01Jan2014, Effect of Vitamin E and Memantine on Functional Decline in Alzheimer Disease
******ajcn.nutrition.org/content/85/6/1586.abstract - American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 26Oct2006, Vitamin D and calcium supplementation reduces cancer risk
*******news.ku.dk/all_news/2010/2010.3/d_vitamin/ - Scientist in Copenhagen, 07Mar2010, Vitamin D crucial to activating immune defenses