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Preventive Measures Increase as Healthcare Costs Increase
July 29, 2009, 2:37 pm
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Despite recent economic woes, sales of vitamins and nutritional supplements have increased.  For many people, a trip to the doctor or filling a prescription is too costly.  So, consumers are turning to preventive measures to keep themselves healthy.  It has been said that for every $1 spent on supplements, one is saving approximately $28 in healthcare costs down the road–no small change, for sure!

Not too long ago, the Washington Post reported on dietician Danielle Omar, who was attempting to create a diet that met the government guidelines for daily nutritional standards, without the aid of a daily multivitamin.  When all was said and done, Omar concluded that supplementation is wise.

For one thing, our food supply is not as nutritionally dense as it was several decades ago.  In an era of convenience, people turn to more prepared  items and processed foods.  Even our fruits & vegetables contain less nutrients than before, due in part to a decrease in soil quality and agricultural practices.  The best insurance to getting adequate nutrients and minerals is a balanced diet partnered with a quality food-based multi.

Not All Multis Are Equal!

If you take vitamins, have you ever given much thought to what goes in to them, or  how they are manufactured?

There are 3 types of vitamins.  The first are test tube or synthetic vitamins, typically found in the drug store aisle.  These are man-made, contain inorganic substances, have no enzymes, and may even contain stimulants or cause side effects. (Doesn’t sound like something I want to put in my body!)

The second category are formed with isolates or extracts, often found in a health food store.  Though weak, these contain some enzymes.  However, they may also use chemical or heat extraction methods, which degrade the quality of the nutrients.  They do contain organic substances, though generally low quality raw materials.  They often still contain harsh binders and fillers.  Labeling can be misleading: these types of supplements need only contain 10% of natural ingredients to be classified as containing *natural ingredients*!

The third category is the most beneficial, because the nutrients are in a natural or unaltered state. They present a strong enzymatic action, and are produced via a low heat and low pressure process.  The organic substances used are of the highest quality raw materials, and because they are as close to nature as possible, they feed and improve cell health.

The previous 2 categories of vitamins are classified by the USFDA as *drugs*; whole food supplements are classified as *food*.  Now which type do you think the body better processes:  synthetic nutrients created in a laboratory, or whole food nutrients?  The answer should be obvious!

Many brands of multis will also skimp on the more *expensive* vitamins, like the B vitamins biotin and folic acid.  In fact, when I looked at the majority of multi labels in the drug store, all but one contained 10% of the DV for biotin, which is a catalyst for energy production!

In 2002, the American Medical Association revised its position on multivitamins.  Previously they maintained that having a balanced healthy diet was enough to consume adequate daily nutrients and minerals.  They now state that regardless of age, health concerns or activity, everyone should take a multivitamin.

In addition to that multi, there are times when additional supplementation may be necessary.  We are often deficient in one area or another.  For a free self-assessment to determine where to start supplementing, send an email to HealthByNature@Shaklee.net with *wellness profile* in the subject field.

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