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Survival and Supplements – An Expert Point of View

Oct 12, 2011
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Multivitamins/minerals are therapeutic agents that have real outcome effects. They are medicines and should be sourced, produced and used as such.
A new study from the University of Minnesota, now published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, states that consuming multivitamins and some minerals may increase the risk of death in older women. It also states that calcium supplements were associated with better survival. Other than an elegant exercise in statistical gymnastics, this paper gives  rise to more  questions than answers.

Consider these four major points.

Point one: Multivitamins/minerals are therapeutic agents that have real outcome effects. They are medicines and should be sourced, produced and used as such.

Point two:  The nutritional needs of an individual do not remain constant throughout their life. Hormonal changes, stressor changes, physical changes and life changes are a constant. Thus, supplementation must also change throughout one’s lifespan.

Point three: Because of point one and two, it is imperative that individuals seek out reliable and trusted advice from a knowledgeable health expert to develop and adjust an individualized lifestyle balance routine.

Finally, the complexity of the nature versus nurture equation within today’s modern environmental context merits more studies to develop more indicative statistical health models.  
 
Gary Leong
VP of Science and Technical Affairs,
Jamieson Laboratories
 
Read the study here

 

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