Is Your Health at Risk?
Vitamin deficiency and disease... any connection? After all, we are bombarded almost daily about the importance of vitamins and minerals. But can a simple vitamin deficiency really cause diseases as devastating as osteoporosis, heart disease or even cancer? And more importantly, can you prevent or even reverse them? The answer might suprise you!
Now, nutritional research reveals the true basis of illnesses that just a few years ago were considered "mystery diseases"
Heres what the "gold standard" of clinical medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) says about vitamin deficiency:
"... suboptimal intake of some vitamins, above levels causing classic vitamin deficiency, is a risk factor for chronic diseases and is common in the general population, especially the elderly"
"Suboptimal folic acid levels, along with suboptimal levels of vitamins B6 and B12, are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, neural tube defects, and colon and breast cancer; low levels of vitamin D contribute to osteopenia and fractures; and low levels of the antioxidant vitamins (vitamins A, E, and C) may increase risk for several chronic diseases"
"Most people donot consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone. ... it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements"
Journal of the American Medical Association, June 2002 Volume 287
Today, the genesis of chronic degenerative diseases are no longer "scientific mysteries" and high quality vitamin supplements are essential. Cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, arthritis are often simply expressions of long-term nutritional deficiencies. And they jeopardize your health and lifes natural pleasures.
Its no wonder! Your nutritional status has direct impact on how you function and feel. Even emotions like contentment, joy and relations with friends and family are intimately related to your health and nutritional status.
And of course, naturally we desire good health. Physical well-being and freedom from pain are considered signs of good health. And without obvious clinical symptoms of disease, we assume all is well. But mild, undetected, "subclinical" signs are your real threat. Heres why...
The "Hidden" Nature of Disease
Disease initially strikes silently, at the molecular level, often originating as a simple vitamin deficiency. Long before you have any noticeable physical symptoms, vitamin deficiencies are quietly at work, stealing away your good health like a thief in the night.
As essential cofactors of enzymes and hormones, vitamins regulate "metabolic activity" or your internal biochemistry... the conversion of food into energy, building of bones, growth and maintenance etc. This is why vitamin deficiency is so devastating... causing progressive failure of the enzyme and hormones controlling all your vital metabolic activities.
This biochemical dysfunction initially affects cells, tissues and finally, when full blown, entire organ systems. Clinical diseases such as cardiovascular, arthritis, osteoporosis etc., are often results of a cascade of biochemical and physiological events beginning years earlier with simple sub-optimal vitamin deficiencies.
This is why good vitamin status is so important... allowing you to ward off disease long before often irreversible physical symptoms set in.
How can you prevent or reverse the damage?
Vitamin supplements may be your answer. Vitamin supplements are safe, effective insurance policies safeguarding you against silent, subclinical vitamin deficiencies quietly eroding your health. And the high prevalence of chronic degenerative disease in western societies indicates a large percentage of us are not receiving the vitamins we need!
Are You Getting the Vitamins You Need?
Fruits and vegetables are the main source of vitamins. Health experts have long recommended ingesting a minimum of 5 servings a day. But a recent health survey indicates only 20-30% of the population satisfies this requirement. Is it any wonder chronic degenerative disease is epidemic today?
And although milk is fortified with vitamin D to enhance calcium absorption, most people (especially the elderly) donot consume sufficient dairy products
Fortification of cereal products with folate, mandated by the FDA, only increases folate intake by about 100 micrograms. Therefore, the RDI (recommended daily intake) of 400 micrograms per day is not met by most people.
New England Journal of Medicine
Food preparation compounds the problem, decreasing the activity of vitamins. For example, keeping food hot longer than 2 hours results in significant loss of vitamin C, folate and vitamin B-6. And chilling, storage and reheating increase loss of vitamin C and folate more than 30%. Habits such as alcohol consumption also increase your folate requirement and decrease absorption of vitamin B-12.
Journal of the American Dietetic Association
Deficiency of micro-nutrients, the vitamins and minerals, a conditioned coined "hidden hunger" is a silent killer, quietly stealing away your good health. Today, hidden hunger may be the greatest threat to your health in our modern world of nutrient-poor, processed food and high stress lifestyles. Perhaps the wisest thing we can do is listen to our bodies.
If you re-balance your nutritional intake within the initial or "subclinical" stages of vitamin deficiency, diseases can improve or disappear completely - pure cause and effect! And heres the good news... its all under your control! Don't be victimized by poor nutritional status. Catch your symptoms now and safeguard your bones, heart and overall health for the future.