General Family Medicine, IV Chelation Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Bio-identical Hormones
The 'Standard American Diet' produces multiple, subclinical* vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Unrecognized vitamin and mineral deficiencies contribute to the development and progression of chronic diseases including: heart disease, strokes, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and more. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 70% of Americans will die from these chronic diseases.
This problem of chronic disease and inadequate vitamin and mineral intakes has become so great that in 2002, the Journal of the American Medical Association stated: "it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements".
It is important to take a daily multi-vitamin/mineral supplement. Nutrients 'work in harmony' - they are not solo drugs. It is also important to remember that supplements do NOT replace a healthy diet - they only supplement it. Be sure your diet is rich in disease fighting nutrients by eating 5 to 9 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables, and 3-5 servings of whole grains every day. Fresh nuts, legumes and plant oils/fish oils also help to prevent chronic disease.
A variety of different forms of vitamins and minerals can be found in supplements. For obvious reasons, the cheapest forms are often used in 'retail' brands. Recent medical research has demonstrated that the common cheap forms of minerals (such as zinc oxide or magnesium oxide) are often not absorbed. This means they are useless.
How do you avoid the mistake of choosing a supplement that is inadequate and therefore, will not help you meet your goal of better health? First, recognize that with supplements, like any other product, quality costs a little more. Paying a little more for a product that works makes a lot more sense than paying a little less but getting a useless product.
Second, the following 'tests' will always be met by a quality supplement.
The marketing of nutritional supplements is a 'buyers beware' jungle. Every company, retail salesperson, multi-level marketing representative, etc. will have a unique 'sales-pitch' to promote their products. Often, these unlicensed 'experts' lack the real knowledge and training required to scientifically evaluate their marketing hype. To protect yourself, be sure their products 'pass' the basic tests listed above. Claims like 'USP' or 'FDA-screened' do not assure optimum quality. Do not hesitate to ask your healthcare professional for guidance when choosing your supplements.
Subclinical deficiencies of vitamins and minerals are common and increase your risks for heart disease, cancers, strokes, osteoporosis, diabetes and many neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's disease. Daily use of a quality vitamin/mineral supplement, in addition to a healthy diet, is a simple and effective insurance plan for reducing your risks for chronic disease, improving your health, and optimizing your quality of life.
* Subclinical means there are no obvious signs or symptoms of the deficiency.
** Chelated minerals are chemically bound to an organic molecule (e.g. magnesium citrate). Common examples of these organic chelators include: citrate, malate, gluconate, lactate, glycinate, picolinate, ascorbate, etc.)
*** The thirteen basic vitamins are: