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Post time 2008-6-21 00:45:47 |Display all floors
Originally posted by suchuhui80 at 2008-6-20 21:59
i think absorbing some nutrient substances from fresh food is more realistic , taking drugs is just a supplement .lol


Yes, I agree...some people do have to take supplements when they have difficulty getting them from other natural sources...some strong health care groups did and still do  advocate mega vitamins intakes for various health reasons.

Business in health products  is huge...many billions of dollar (USD) are at stake...many people believe that daily intake of various vitamins in massive dosage would improve their health and prolong their lives...one thing for sure...our bodies can only absorb so much...the rest are wasted!

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Post time 2008-6-22 19:07:00 |Display all floors

pharmaceutical business

Originally posted by thunderbird at 2008-6-21 00:45


Yes, I agree...some people do have to take supplements when they have difficulty getting them from other natural sources...some strong health care groups did and still do  advocate mega vitamin ...


i read something about cancer prevention. they say that research has proved that simply by eating fresh oranges can beat the medication on preventing caner, but the big pharmaceutical corporations concealed this result to protect their profit

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Post time 2008-6-22 23:30:35 |Display all floors
Originally posted by donkeyrider at 2008-6-22 19:07


i read something about cancer prevention. they say that research has proved that simply by eating fresh oranges can beat the medication on preventing caner, but the big pharmaceutical corporati ...



I agree with one comment from a health article I read not long ago: "USE SUPPLEMENTS TO ENHANCE A HEALTHY
LIFESTYLE NOT TO SUBSTITUTE FOR ONE"   

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Post time 2008-6-22 23:37:11 |Display all floors
Another perspective about taking supplements!:)


source:http://www.webmd.com/news/200610 ... ts-tell-your-doctor

Oct. 13, 2006 -- If you're taking prescription medicines, you may be overdue to tell your doctor about any dietary supplements you're taking.

Many people taking prescription drugs haven't told their doctors that they also use dietary supplements -- and that may be risky business, in some cases.

So say Paula Gardiner, MD, and colleagues in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Gardiner works at Harvard Medical School's division for research and education in complementary and integrative medicine.

The researchers encourage health care providers to "regularly ask their patients with chronic conditions and prescription medications about nonvitamin dietary supplement use."

But patients needn't wait for the doctors; they can broach the topic themselves.

The goal is to make sure your doctors know about all of the things you take -- including supplements -- so they can help you safeguard and enhance your health.
Supplement Study

Gardiner's team studied data from a 2002 national health survey of more than 31,000 U.S. adults.

The survey listed 35 nonvitamin dietary supplements including fish oil; St. John's wort; melatonin; ginseng; glucosamine and chondroitin; echinacea; and ginkgo biloba.

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Post time 2008-6-22 23:56:03 |Display all floors
More perspectives about taking supplements!:)


Source:http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/articles/article.aspx?ArticleId=1122


It's important that your body gets enough vitamins and minerals every day in order to keep you fit and healthy. Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients that your body needs in small amounts to work properly. Vitamins affect every part of your body, including:
-the way your hair, nails and muscles develop and grow,
-your sight,
-the way you digest food, and
-your heart and your nervous system.
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source:http://www.healthcastle.com/supp ... tamin-mineral.shtml

Dietary supplements: Insufficient Evidence

Despite the widespread use of multivitamins, the panel found insufficient evidence to support a recommendation either for or against the use of multivitamins to prevent chronic diseases among healthy adults. However, the experts found evidence of use for specific single vitamin and/or mineral supplements and their combinations. Their findings are as follows:

-Beta-Carotene should be avoided by smokers due to an increased risk for lung cancer

-Calcium and Vitamin D benefit bone mineral density and prevent fracture risk in post-menopausal women

-Selenium may cut risk of prostate, lung and colorectal cancers

-Vitamin E may decrease deaths from heart disease in women; it may also lower the risk for prostate cancer in male smokers

-Antioxidants and Zinc: an antioxidant combination of vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene and zinc may benefit intermediate age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a type of eye disease
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Source:http://www.wellness.com/blogs/Dr ... cy/dr-robert-blaich


Why Take Nutritional Supplements, When You Already Have a Powerful Inner Pharmacy?
by DrBob          
Posted 10/5/2007 12:58:19 PM        
                                       
Which chemicals your inner pharmacy produces, as well as the quantity of those chemicals, is highly influenced by the raw materials available in your body.

In other words, the building blocks that you provide to your inner pharmacy through your diet and nutritional supplements greatly determines what chemicals can be created within your body that govern your physical and mental state.

Want to produce more anti-inflammatory chemicals of your own? Your body will naturally do it, but it requires specific building blocks including omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, niacin, vitamins B-6, E (although not too much E), C, magnesium, zinc, and calcium.

If you really want to get your body making more anti-inflammatory chemicals, my recent book, Your Inner Pharmacy, will guide you in the process.
Your lifestyle, including your exercise, can stimulate the conversion of these raw materials into good chemicals that can help to minimize the deterioration of your body. While everyone's body battles excesses of inflammation in the aging process, to a great extent, it is our genes that determine where we are most prone to inflammation. It could be joints (arthritis), the cardiovascular system (heart disease and dementtia), the digestive system, or the respiratory system, to take several examples. Regardless of its location in your body, the inflammation is a similar process, and your lifestyle (including your diet and the supplements you take) can either aggravate it or improve it.
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Post time 2008-6-22 23:58:31 |Display all floors
Dietary Supplements: Health or Hoax?

Dietary supplements, such as vitamins and minerals, are a hot topic! We hear about them on TV and radio and are bombarded by articles in magazines and newspapers. Can dietary supplements slow aging, stop cancer, prevent hot flashes, make your skin look younger, prevent heart disease?

Is the vitamin and mineral hype good for our health, or is it all just a hoax?


Good question!


What is a Vitamin?

"Vitamins are the tools used by your body to process foods (Pruitt, 1994)." Vitamins do not supply energy to the body because they contain no calories. Vitamins, however, do help release the energy contained in carbohydrates, proteins, and fat in your body. Our bodies cannot manufacture vitamins, therefore, we must obtain the energy through food (Clarke, 1997). The best sources of vitamins are found in foods, not in vitamin supplements found in a bottle (Pruitt, 1994). The body uses vitamins better in the presence of co-factors in foods.:)

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Post time 2008-6-23 00:01:18 |Display all floors
Fat-soluble vs. Water-soluble

Vitamins in foods are either fat-soluble vitamins or water-soluble vitamins.

-Fat-soluble vitamins include vitamins A, D, E, and K. In general, these vitamins are stored by the body's fat cells. "Taking large amounts of fat-soluble vitamins A and D, which are stored in the body, can lead to toxicity, serious illness, and even death (Pruitt, 1994)."

-Water-soluble vitamins include B vitamins and vitamin C (ascorbic acid). These vitamins are not stored by the body. Rather, amounts not used by the body are excreted in the urine. Because unused amounts of water-soluble vitamins are excreted within a few weeks, it is essential that we consume these vitamins regularly. The B vitamins include thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pyridoxine (B6), cyanocobalamin (B12), folic acid, pantothenic acid, and biotin.

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