What’s In Your MultiVitamin

By Rick Cohen, M.D.
Core 4 Nutrition
Targeted Solutions for Optimal Health and Performance

Top 10 Nutritional Supplemtents for WomenIf you’re like most busy people, you don’t always have time to eat regular, nutritious meals. As a result, You’re probably supplementing your diet with a multivitamin.  Multivitamin formulas contain a variety of different vitamins and mineral combinations.  But do you know what vitamins and minerals actually are?  Or how much of which ones you’re currently taking?

Vitamins are organic substances that are essential for life.  Almost all vitamins are phytonutrients, meaning they were originally sourced from plants.

The common textbook definition of a vitamin is “an organic substance that cannot be manufactured by the body but is regularly needed in small amounts to prevent a combination of symptoms (disease) that can develop over a relatively short term (months to few years).”  For example, if your diet is deficient in vitamin C, you will develop a set of symptoms known as scurvy. A lack of vitamin D will present in a set of symptoms called rickets, and too little vitamin B1 causes beri-beri.

Vitamins are also called micronutrients because the amounts that are required for normal functioning are very small, but very necessary.  Vitamins can be hormones, antioxidants or even the co-enzymes required for many metabolic functions. Among other things, vitamins help us digest our food, fight infection and manufacture new cells. Vitamins help our bodies operate fully and efficiently.

Unfortunately, almost all vitamins found in a typical multivitamin formula are isolates.  Isolated vitamins are an incomplete, albeit inexpensive, alternative to a whole food extract or concentrate. Isolated vitamins are missing the essential, naturally-occurring, food-based co-factors that allow the nutrient to be used most effectively by the body at a cellular level.

Nature always packages vitamins in groups; they were designed to work together to provide nourishment to the cells. Vitamin isolates, on the other hand, do not provide the same synergistic benefits. In fact, the body often responds to an isolated vitamin like it responds to a toxin—it rejects it as a foreign invader.

Minerals are naturally-occurring chemical elements found throughout the human body in the bones, muscles, teeth, blood and nerve cells.  Minerals support the health of virtually every human system; they influence everything from immunity to the beating of our hearts.  Minerals cannot be manufactured by the body and must be obtained from foods or supplements.

Unfortunately, most multivitamins don’t contain real minerals; they contain mineral salts.  Even though mineral salts are often labeled as “natural,” they are fabricated from chemical substitutes. While mineral salts are natural food for plants, they are not a natural food for humans. As a result they are very poorly absorbed and ineffectively utilized by the body.

Now let’s return to our original question—what’s in YOUR multivitamin?

Although there are thousands of healthful phytonutrients in fruits and vegetables, most multivitamin brands contain only 12 to 25 ingredients, the majority of which are isolated and derived from a synthetic source.

The vitamins are classes or groups of related compounds that perform some function in the body. There are fat-soluble vitamins including vitamin A, D, E and K and there are water-soluble vitamins including vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and the B vitamins, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenate), B6 (pyridoxine), B12 (cobalomin), and B15 (folate).

There are six major minerals your body needs to function. These include calcium, phosphorus, chloride, magnesium, potassium, and sodium. These minerals support many critical processes in human body, especially fluid balance, the growth and maintenance of strong bones and teeth, muscular and nervous system function.

Most multivitamins don’t contain enough of the major minerals, which our bodies need in relatively large amounts when compared to other nutrients—approximately one gram a day for most healthy adults.  And the minerals that are present are man-made (discussed previously), which are counter-productive because they interfere with the absorption of other nutrients.
Next are the trace minerals. These minerals are all essential for good health, but your body needs only a very small amount of them. Trace minerals are important for immune system function, energy, metabolism, and antioxidant protection. Trace minerals include iron, manganese, copper, iodine, zinc, cobalt, fluoride, and selenium. You may also see products that contain iodine, boron, nickel, silicon and vanadium in very small amounts.

It is also important to identify what ELSE is in your multivitamin.  Most conventional brands feature not only a low-quality, poorly-absorbed mix of synthetic chemicals, but a range of preservatives, additives, colors, fillers, processed oils and genetically-modified ingredients. Not vitamins, not minerals and not what I believe can even be safely classified as “edible.”

Here is the list of the OTHER ingredients found in the world’s best-selling multivitamin:

Microcrystalline Cellulose, Pregelatinized Corn Starch.  FD&C Red No. 40 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake, , Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Hypromellose, Soy Lecithin, Magnesium Stearate,  Modified Food Starch, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Citrate,  Sodium Aluminosilicate, Tribasic Calcium Phosphate.

When you consider the purchase of ANY nutritional supplement, remember what’s most important!

Should you choose a soup of man-made isolated chemicals that has no measurable effect on your health and well-being or a whole food formula crafted exclusively from fruit and vegetable concentrates and organic botanicals?  The answer should be easy. Getting the proper amounts of vitamins and minerals isn’t complicated or difficult when you use the right product—a pure, high-quality, food-based multivitamin that can be quickly and easily absorbed by your body.

Want to learn more about how to select and use a multivitamin formula?

Then visit us at http://www.core4nutrition.com.  Here you can learn more about all the foundational nutrients your body needs for optimum health, energy and performance, including our “honest to goodness” multivitamin made exclusively from raw, organic, fruit and vegetable concentrates.

Have questions?  Contact me directly at rick@core4nutrition.com.



Studies Suggest 82% of Breast Cancer Is Preventable

Layout 1 A staggering $6 billion is spent every year on breast cancer research with no medical cure in sight.  Is it possible we are looking in the wrong place? Bits of Health™ Inc. thinks so. Research has consistently shown that eating green, alkaline foods prevents breast cancer 82% of the time.   The only problem is most people don’t like greens or don’t have time to make them.  Newly launched  Bits of Health™ Inc. has the solution. They sell tiny algae tablets called “bits” that are swallowed or chewed and instantly give you all the green nutrition you need for the day. If this sounds too good to be true, it’s not.  Algae has been taken by Olympic athletes and tens of millions in Asia for over fifty years. NASA has fed it to the astronauts for decades because “algae has 1,000 times more nutrition than fruits and vegetables. The Japanese eat algae every day and have 75% fewer incidences of breast cancer. Could it be the algae? Bits of Health™ Inc. thinks so.

The company was started four years ago when Founder Catharine Arnston learned her younger sister in Canada had breast cancer and was told by her oncologist to eat an alkaline diet to help her heal. What’s an alkaline diet? It’s a diet full of greens. The antioxidants, chlorophyll and phyto-nutrients fight cancer and build the immune system. The scientific community has long known about the healing powers of alkaline, green foods and their research proves it prevents cancer. A quote from The European Journal of Cancer explains:

not only did a high vegetable consumption reduce the risk of breast cancer by 75 percent but micronutrients like beta carotene reduce the risk of breast cancer by 82 per cent.”

If breast cancer could be prevented by eliminating acidic foods and by adding alkaline, green foods, Catharine felt the women in America needed to know.  She gave up her 25 year corporate career, returned to school to study nutrition and proceeded to launch her “greens revolution.” But when she found that most people either didn’t like eating greens or had no time to prepare them, she knew she had to find a faster, easier solution. It turned out to be algae.

Algae is highly regarded around the world. It was used to prevent mass starvation after both WW I and WWII and is endorsed by the Carnegie Institute, United Nations, the World Bank and NASA as the most nutritionally dense food in the world.  It has more chlorophyll than wheat grass, more beta carotene than carrots, more iron than spinach and more protein than steak.  Its nutritional pedigree is so deep, there are 100,000 studies documenting its ability to stop cancer tumors, breast cancer and more. It contains no sugar, no caffeine, no chemicals, no gluten and requires no cooking, no chopping, no preparation, all for just one calorie.

The only problem with algae is that Americans consider it pond scum. Little do they know it’s a nutritional superstar. It became clear to Catharine that if America was ever going to embrace algae, she needed to give it a makeover.  As a result, all her algae brands have playful names like ENERGYbits®, SKINNYbits®, RECOVERYbits® and VITALITYbits.® The bits are so small they can be easily swallowed or chewed and the large bags are sold with slim refillable travel tins that are sleek, savvy and stylish and fit in your pocket.

After three and a half years, Bits of Health™ Inc. is now growing nationally. Consumers and athletes coast to coast have caught the buzz about algae and are learning what the rest of the world has known for fifty years – that algae is the most nutritionally dense, green food in the world and the easiest way to protect one’s health. More importantly, Bits of Health Inc. are now giving women in America a fighting chance to protect themselves from breast cancer, colds, fatigue, high blood pressure, heart disease, toxicity and just about every other type of illness.

With over 200,000 cases of breast cancer being reported every year, and with 82% of breast cancers being preventable with green nutrition, 164,000 lives could potentially be saved every year just by eating greens. Could algae be the breast cancer cure we’ve been waiting for? Bits of Health™ Inc. thinks so. Algae makes health easy. Bits of Health Inc. makes it possible. For more information about algae bits or to purchase yours, please visit www.bitsofhealth.com

About Bits of Health™ Inc.

Bits of Health™ Inc. is a three and a half year old, nutrition company based in Boston, MA that is making algae easy to understand and easy to take.  The company sells four brands of algae bits that are swallowed or chewed by the handful: ENERGYbits®, RECOVERYbits®, SKINNYbits® and VITALITYbits®. Each brand provides different health benefits including helps prevent cancer or colds,  increases energy, lowers blood pressure, helps with weight loss, stops hunger, boosts the immune system, removes toxins, and provides the  green nutrition missing from most American diets.

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