Every now and then, an expose on vitamins comes out in the media, blasting the need for vitamins. But these expose fail to acknowledge the science and medicine behind the value of nutritional supplements. Here's a reminder about why you need vitamin supplements.
Yesterday must have been a slow news day for the Wall Street Journal. I don’t know if you saw their article, Is This the End of Popping Vitamins? It recapped all of the faulty research of the past few weeks (and the past few years, for that matter)—including the study on women and multivitamins and vitamin E and prostate cancer.
The article builds a one-sided case, citing research with faulty designs. Meanwhile, it completely overlooks the huge volumes positive of research in the nutrient world…
Why You Need Vitamin Supplements
- Lycopene lowers the risk of prostate cancer. A study published in Cancer Research showed that the more lycopene consumed by men, the lower the risk of developing prostate cancer.
- Low vitamin B12 can cause Alzheimer’s. A British study shows that patients with Alzheimer’s had lower levels of B12. That’s because it helps to support nerve function and offset high levels of homocysteine, which cause free radical damage to endothelial cells lining the blood vessels.
- Folic acid lowers blood pressure. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed women who took more than 1,000 mcg a day of folate (folic acid) had an astonishing 46 percent lower risk of high blood pressure than those getting less then 200 mcg a day.
This barely scratches the surface of the huge numbers of positive studies that come out every day showing how nutritional supplements improve health and save lives.
But one-sided reporting wasn’t the only problem with this news story; it also completely missed the mark. The most important reason we all need to take supplemental nutrients is to protect and support our struggling mitochondria, the energy factories in our cells.
Our mitochondria are being decimated by all of the invisible toxins in our environment, including pesticides, insecticides, EMFs, and hundreds of other chemicals. These toxins are bringing on a whole new host of mitochondrial diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, diastolic dysfunction, and more. In fact, the key to healthy aging is to mitigate the damage to our mitochondria over time—which is where nutrients are critical.
Plus, there’s one thing that I find difficult to ignore. All of these negative findings on faulty vitamin studies are being released at the same time that the FDA is doing their best to create burdensome regulations that will put many nutritional supplements at risk. Coincidence? Perhaps. But it still has me scratching my head, and wondering.
Now it’s your turn: What is your opinion on this Wall Street Journal news story?