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Are Vitamin Pills A False Hope?

From the New York Times:
Today about half of all adults use some form of dietary supplement, at a cost of $23 billion a year.

But are vitamins worth it? In the past few years, several high-quality studies have failed to show that extra vitamins, at least in pill form, help prevent chronic disease or prolong life.

The latest news came last week after researchers in the Women’s Health Initiative study tracked eight years of multivitamin use among more than 161,000 older women. Despite earlier findings suggesting that multivitamins might lower the risk for heart disease and certain cancers, the study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found no such benefit. Here's what else they found:
Last year, a study that tracked almost 15,000 male physicians for a decade reported no differences in cancer or heart disease rates among those using vitamins E and C compared with those taking a placebo. And in October, a study of 35,000 men dashed hopes that high doses of vitamin E and …

Study: Multivitamins Are a Waste of Money

According to this study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, multivitamins are essentially useless and a waste of money. Similar findings were found in vitamin studies done on men.

The eight-year study, using 161,808 postmenopausal women, is the largest study ever of multivitamin use in older women. It found the pills did nothing to prevent common cancers or heart disease.

The study's lead researcher, Marian Neuhouser of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, offered this advice:
"Get nutrients from food." I wholeheartedly agree. It's important to get your nutrition from food. The vitamins and minerals found in vegetables and fruits are in the right proportions and easily assimilated by your body.

Synthetic or isolated multivitamins, like those used in the Archives of Internal Medicine study, create chemical imbalances within your cells. Your body regards them as toxins and they do more harm than good. Read "How Safe Are Your Vitamins?" to f…

Good Nutriton Does Not Have To Be Hard

Eat more fruits and veggies. We've all heard it from Mom and others. And we know it's true.

Even the World Health Organization, the American Heart Association, and the American Cancer Society agree.

And though studies conclude that fruits and vegetables help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, obesity and more, most people still don't consume enough of them on a daily basis.

The reason? People simply don't have time.

That's why there's BarleyLife Xtra.

It's a quick and easy way to get nine to eleven fruits and veggies every day - plus a lot more.

There are eighteen fruits and vegetables in a powder. It's full of amino acids, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. It's high in antioxidants (cancer fighters), chlorophyll (healer of sick cells) and phytochemicals (plant medicines).

And because it's made from food, there are no negative side effects and your body knows exactly what to do with the nutrients.

Six of the ten leading causes of disease - …

How Safe Are Your Vitamins?

When it comes to nutrition and your health, absorption is the key to everything. How much you swallow means very, very little.

Dr. Jonathan Wright was informed by a patient who was a septic tank cleaner that many septic tanks of 'pill-poppers' have layers of pills at the bottom. This is a clear example of taking something that passes through the body and is never absorbed.

It's very difficult for your body to use synthetic supplements created in a laboratory and manufactured in a factory. As little as 4 to 10 percent is absorbed by the body, with the rest passing through the kidneys, making expensive urine.

What matters is how well your body absorbs the nutrients into the bloodstream. It's not what's in your vitamins – it's what vitamins end up in you. This separates a good supplement from the grocery store cheapies.

"Your body is not designed to take synthetic (man-made) vitamins, regards them as toxins, and attempts to eliminate them as rapidly as possib…