Choosing a Safe Multivitamin

Most multivitamins contain ingredients that can be harmful to your health.   Check the label to see if your supplement is doing more harm than good.

Joel Fuhrman MD knows Multivitamins. Here’s what his research shows.

Do Not take supplements that include:

VITAMIN E Supplemental E is shown in various studies to increase the risk of heart failure and all-cause mortality. Raw nuts and seeds supply complex Vitamin E forms in the healthiest fashion.

BETA CAROTENE May interfere with absorption of other carotenoids. A study was halted due to the significant increase of lung cancer in supplement users. Colorful fruits and vegetables supply hundreds of carotenoid compounds in complex forms supplying maximum disease protection.

VITAMIN A Studies suggest supplemental “A” causes loss of calcium in urine, weaker bones and increased risk of hip fracture. Excess can be dangerous, increasing the risk of death; the body can make all it needs from carotenoids in plants.

FOLIC ACID Folic acid is a synthetic compound made from petroleum; folate is the natural form, with a different biological structure, found in natural foods and especially in green vegetables and beans. Avoid folic acid as it’s associated with increased risks of breast, prostate and colorectal cancers. Pregnancy use of folic acid is the biggest health mistake of modern history as its use may increase the risk of childhood cancers, autism, and other serious health issues. Getting folate from natural produce before and after  conception is “a must” for a healthy baby.

Be  careful  if  supplementing with  these  minerals:

SELENIUM Helps regulate metabolism, but too much is linked to diabetes, elevated cholesterol, prostate cancer and cardiovascular disease.

COPPER High intake linked to increased risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s, dementia and all-cause mortality.

IRON Excess is linked to increased risk of cancer and heart disease.

IRON (for women) Needs vary widely among women and intake is best individualized according to ferritin levels. Pregnant women need sufficient iron for baby, but levels too high or too low can increase the risk of low birth rate, oxidative stress, and iron overload.

Make  sure  your  multi contains  these   ingredients

VITAMIN B12 – Low levels associated with increased risk of Alzheimer’s, depression, fatigue, digestive issues and nerve damage. The RDI is inadequate for many.  Vegans, flexitarians and the elderly may require 20 to 50 times more than the RDI.

ZINC Essential for immune function, growth, skin health, wound healing, reproduction, and insulin secretion. Phytates in plant foods bind zinc, making supplementation wise for vegans.

IODINE Necessary for thyroid function; body metabolism. Both too much and too little can suppress thyroid function. A supplement (not iodinated salt) is safest, steady source.

VITAMIN D Insufficient levels are linked with osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and depression. Vitamin D3 is most favorable form when supplementing.

VITAMIN K2 Essential for blood clotting and heart health; improves bone mineral density. K2 is not found in a vegan diet, or in typical American foods, so supplementing with K2 is wise.

Dr. Fuhrman

4 Reasons Why Vitamin D is Essential Supplementation and How to Get it Everyday!

If there were a miracle drug in the vitamin world it might just be Vitamin D” — Joel Fuhrman MD.

Frankly, all 13 essential vitamins are important but nutritional research into Vitamin D has become a very hot topic. The reason is simple; because it is derived from the sun and produced in the skin, the need for its supplementation, how much and in what form is attracting a great deal of debate.

Some even describe Vitamin D as a hormone, even though that appears to have been debunked—25-hydroxy-Vitamin D is appropriately described as a pre-hormone, i.e. a glandular secretory product that is converted peripherally to an active hormone. 

Vitamin D insufficiency affects almost 50% of the population worldwide and over 50 million people in the US alone. An estimated 1 billion people worldwide, across all ethnicities and age groups, have a vitamin D deficiency (VDD).

Symptoms and Health Risks of Vitamin D deficiency…

Symptoms of bone pain and muscle weakness can mean you have a vitamin D deficiency. However, for many people, the symptoms are subtle. Yet, even without symptoms, too little vitamin D can pose health risks. Low blood levels of the vitamin have been associated with the following:

  • Increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
  • Cognitive impairment in older adults.
  • Severe asthma in children.
  • Cancer.

This pandemic of “hypovitaminosis D”, which is medical speak for low vitamin D, can mainly be attributed to lifestyle (for example, reduced outdoor activities) and environmental (for example, air pollution) factors that reduce exposure to sunlight, which is required for ultraviolet-B (UVB)-induced vitamin D production in the skin.

How Much Vitamin D Do We Need?
High prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency, not characterized by deficiency syndromes such as rickets, but rather subtle symptoms of decrease function, is a particularly important public health issue because low vitamin D is a now known independent risk factor for total mortality in the general population. The traditional recommended Adequate Intake (AI) for Vitamin D for most adults was 5 ug (200 IU) to 15 uf (600 IU) depending on the source and the age group. Though recently, the Institute of Medicine upped its mean recommendation of 400 IU to 600 IU for children and adults under 70 years of age and 800 IU for adults over 70 for vitamin D sufficiency. You would think the issue would have come to a rest. It hasn’t.

Current studies and consensus within the scientific community suggest that we may need more vitamin D than presently recommended to prevent chronic disease. One well-known nutritional researcher in particular who supports an increased intake of Vitamin D over IOM recommendations, at safe and tolerable limits, and who has compiled the needed insights to hang your hat on is Joel Fuhrman MD. He recently wrote about this in the Huffington Post and did a great job in his summary.

As the number of people with VDD continues to increase, the importance of this pre-hormone in overall health and the prevention of chronic diseases are at the forefront of nutritional research. As few “healthy” foods contain vitamin D, (mushrooms are one good example because fungi hang out in the sun for pretty long time) best practice guidelines recommend supplementation at suggested daily intake and tolerable upper limit levels which we will describe below.

Note, About Mushrooms: Mushrooms are one of the few plant foods which contain ergosterol, a precursor to vitamin D2. The two major physiological forms of active vitamin D for humans are ergocalciferol (D2) and cholecalciferol (D3).  The amount of vitamin D2 in mushrooms can be significantly increased by exposing mushrooms to ultraviolet (UV) light

How Do You Know You’re Low? 

It is also suggested you get a test to measure your serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level as the initial diagnostic test in test your body for deficiency. Treatment with either vegan D3 or animal D3 is recommended for deficient patients. See the difference between Dd and D3. A meta-analysis published in 2007 showed that vitamin D supplementation was associated with significantly reduced mortality.

Known as the “Sunshine vitamin”, most people think they’re going to get all their vitamin D from the sun. So why are so many people deficient in this all too important vitamin among other deficiencies?

For many it’s just a disbelief in supplementation, thinking it’s all about money and unnecessary when there are at least 16 reasons why you might need to supplement, even if you are eating predominantly nutrient-rich superfoods.

Regarding Vitamin D, There are 4  Primary Reasons Why You Want to Supplement. It’s simple:

  1. Lack of sun exposure because of indoor jobs:
  2. Skin color, and distance from the equator.
  3. Their climate (colder climates); plus,
  4. With the depletion of the ozone layer, the amount of sun most people would require to achieve these levels may result in too much skin damage and skin cancer.

The main risk factors for low vitamin D levels include older age, female sex, higher latitudes, winter season, darker skin pigmentation, less sunlight exposure, dietary habits, and the absence of vitamin D fortification in common foods. Further factors include the increase in urbanization, where people tend to live and work indoors, as well as cultural practices that tend towards sun avoidance and the wearing of traditional clothing that covers the skin.

For these reasons, it is appropriate to supplement with vitamin D – however, the doses in standard multivitamins (400 IU’s) are insufficient. For most supplementation with 800 to 2000 IU’s optimizes serum 25(OH) D levels (35-55 ng/ml) for protection against cancer and osteoporosis According to a review by leading nutritional researcher Joel Fuhrman MD, safely without and negative consequences.

Why?

It’s not just for your bones

Vitamin D is known to have protective effects on bone health, by increasing calcium absorption. But that’s not it. It is also has many other critical functions in the body. Vitamin D may help prevent many human diseases including several cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression, and autoimmune diseases. Scientists have found that Vitamin D has biological actions in almost every cell and tissue in the human body.

So when most people aren’t in the sun enough nowadays to be making sufficient vitamin D you now have a better understanding for why you must supplement vitamin D everyday.

It’s extremely important for individuals with limited sun exposure to supplement their vitamin D intake. Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption, is crucial for healthy immune function, and is even more effective than calcium for protecting and building bone.

Now that is amazing!

John Allen Mollenhauer is widely recognized as a leading authority on how to live a healthy performance lifestyle. John helps people renew their personal power and achieve their goals in life, business, or sport—without selling health and well-being short. He is also the creator of the new Nutrient Rich® Superfoods line: organic, non-gmo superfood products for people who want to fuel their body right on the go.

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5. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/vitamin-d-deficiency  Mary Anne Dunkin, Reviewed by Elaine Magee, MPH, RD on May 24, 2014

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Nutrient-Dense Mini-Meals Making Up for Lack of Vitamin D

Did you know that besides being 100% delicious, vegan and paleo-friendly, organic, gluten and GMO free, Nutrient Rich’s NRG [en-er-gy] Infusions™ superfood smoothies contain vitamins D and B12? These two nutrients are two of the most important out of the dozens our bodies need to thrive, yet many have a hard time getting sufficient amounts because they come primary from the sun and bacteria, not food.

We’ve long been told of the plethora of health benefits surrounding vitamin C and E—how getting plenty of C boosts your immune system and can ward off colds, and how vitamin E can prevent wrinkles and help your hair grow thicker. But there is a serious vitamin deficiency in America today and it is a problem that is growing more prevalent as the years go by. Nearly half of the American population is deficient in vitamin D, and it’s high time people were educated about how this is affecting their health.

In Latin, vita means “life,” and vitamins are indeed some of the most crucial micronutrients for healthy functioning of our body’s vital systems. Because our bodies cannot independently produce vitamins like they can hormones, we must acquire these nutrients from outside sources—mainly food. But vitamin D, known as the “sunshine vitamin,” is one nutrient whose best source is something available to everyone everywhere—though much more to some than others at certain times of the year. This is why we add vitamin D to our Organic Superfood Smoothies —so that you and your family can worry about one less thing when it comes to your health.

Since the invention of sunscreen and a sudden rise in the awareness regarding excessive exposure to UV rays being linked with skin cancer (and unsightly wrinkles), the number of people with vitamin D deficiency has gradually climbed to an alarming height. A sunscreen with an SPF of just 15 blocks up to 99% of UV rays, effectively inhibiting the absorption of vitamin D from sun exposure. Because of the linked risk of skin cancer with sunshine, there is no official recommendation for daily or weekly exposure. Companies that sell sunscreen obviously utilize this information to their advantage, and it has proven to be an exceptional marketing technique. People have been taught to fear the sun more than a lack of vitamin D, and our busy American lifestyles and indoor office work environments aren’t helping things.

Whether you’re a student or admin assistant, professor or accountant, business entrepreneur or manager, your studies and work keep you indoors much of the time, and if you live in a busy city and work until after dark, your access to sunlight, greenery and fresh air is rather limited. Having a quick, grab-and-go solution to fuel your body that not only satisfies you but helps you reach your daily recommended intake of nutrients like vitamin D is crucial to healthy performance in today’s hectic world.

In our research, we found that studies are saying people who live in higher or lower latitudes—over 40 degrees from the equator—have a hard time getting sunlight during the winter months, which can last up to 9 months in some areas. Even active, outdoorsy people who spent a lot of time outside and eat a diet vitamin D-fortified dairy, and fish, have been found to have frighteningly low amounts of it during dark, winter months.

Research also shows that dark-skinned people living in North America such as Africans, African-Americans and Hispanics are also more likely to be deficient in vitamin D due to the high levels of melanin in their skin pigmentation, which make absorbing vitamin D from the sun more difficult. People over the age of 50 are also at a greater risk for deficiency, as our bodies become less efficient at absorbing and processing vitamin D as we age.

Though an increased number of studies surrounding vitamin D is helping to raise greater awareness regarding the importance of the issue, things aren’t getting any better statistically. In 2009, studies showed that roughly three-quarters of the Unites States population were deficient in vitamin D. This astronomical figure followed the alarming trend of the previous two decades; according to research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, “Between 1988 and 1994, 45 percent of 18,883 people (who were examined as part of the federal government’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) had 30 nanograms per milliliter or more of vitamin D, the blood level a growing number of doctors consider sufficient for overall health; a decade later, just 23 percent of 13,369 of those surveyed had at least that amount.” One can only imagine where those numbers are at now.

“We were anticipating that there would be some decline in overall vitamin D levels, but the magnitude of the decline in a relatively short time period was surprising,” says the study’s co-author, Adit Ginde, assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

When we saw these statistics, we knew vitamin D was going to be one nutrient we wouldn’t want to leave out of Nutrient Rich® NRg Infusions. Through our work as an educational company seeking to inform and empower people across America to make better diet and lifestyle choices, we feel it necessary to stress the importance of the vitamin D deficiency dilemma and what you can do to protect yourself and your family.

Steven Cliton, professor of medical oncology at Ohio State University speaks about the importance of vitamin D, saying that “vitamin D, working with calcium, is very clearly critically important for bone health, particularly in youth during skeletal development up through puberty and .?.?. in your 50’s, 60’s and beyond, for the prevention of osteoporosis, fractures and falls.”

Lona Sanson, assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas adds, “If you have a vitamin D deficiency, particularly in your older years, it can lead to osteoporosis or osteomalacia [bone softening].” What’s more, a 2003 report from the Nurses Health Study showed vitamin D to be more important than calcium intake for preventing hip fractures in postmenopausal women.

Because vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium, it is a vital ingredient to promoting bone health. However, vitamin D deficiency has been known to contribute to more than just weak bones. Studies have shown that people who are vitamin D deficient are more susceptible to the common cold and flus and are at a higher risk for depression, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, asthma, multiple sclerosis, rickets, Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease, obesity, complications during pregnancy, erectile dysfunction, celiac disease, various types of arthritis, fatty liver disease, heart attacks, schizophrenia, dementia, and certain types of cancer.

That’s one hefty list, if you ask us, and more than enough reasons why we should be taking special care to ensure our daily recommended intakes of vitamin D are met.

Because vitamin D stimulates the pancreas and is therefore involved in insulin production, a deficiency of it can significantly contribute to high blood pressure. Michael F. Holick, PhD, MD and head of the Vitamin D, Skin, and Bone Research Laboratory at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) directed a study which involved exposing a group of subjects to UVA and UVB rays every day for three months. The study showed that the subjects’ vitamin D levels increased by more than 100% by the end of the study. Furthermore, their blood pressures normalized. Holick and his team continued to follow the subjects of the study for the following nine months and said their hypertension continued to be in remission.

Excessive levels of a certain hormone produced within the body known as renin is believed to contribute to heightened blood pressure levels. Because vitamin D decreases the body’s production of renin, this is yet another way vitamin D can play a part in the prevention and treatment of hypertension.

Holick also states concerning the importance of vitamin D, “Activated vitamin D is one of the most potent inhibitors of cancer cell growth.”

So what is the DRI of this crucial nutrient and where can we get it?

The Institute of Medicine recommends a daily intake of 600 IU of vitamin D, but these levels can vary depending on your age, gender and race, and whether you currently suffer any health complications such as heart disease or osteoporosis. It is always a wise idea to speak with a physician or certified dietitian about your individual needs. For example, if you are over the age of 70, your recommended daily allowance jumps to 800 IU.

According to Joel Fuhrman MD, The Institute of Medicine (IOM) surprised many of us when it announced its new dietary reference intake (DRI) for vitamin D. The consensus of the scientific community was that the previous DRI of 400 IU was insufficient, and that supplementation with at least 1000 IU would be necessary for most people to achieve vitamin D sufficiency. The IOM disagreed.

The IOM’s new recommendations call for 600 IU per day for children and adults under age 70 (formerly 400 IU; for adults over age 70, the new recommendation is 800 IU), and the tolerable upper limit (amount not to be exceeded in one day) has been raised to 4000 IU from 2000 IU. Their definition of vitamin D sufficiency is a 25(OH)D level of 20 ng/ml.

Unfortunately, sources of vitamin D aren’t exactly jumping out of our pantries or refrigerators, which is what makes it one of the tougher vitamins to acquire if you don’t get enough sun. Fatty fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna can offer the nutrient, but not in overwhelmingly satisfying amounts. The same goes for egg yolks, which provide a mere 40-50 IU of vitamin D. You’d have to be regularly consuming over a dozen servings of fish and egg yolks combined to get your recommended daily dosage from food in which vitamin D naturally occurs.

There are many brands of cold cereal that are now “fortified with vitamin D,” as well as certain milks, yogurt and even cheese. Several brands of orange juice are also adding vitamin D to their products to help people reach that recommended intake.

But out of these sources, how many are vegan-friendly? Obviously, those of us who eat a more plant-based, nutrient-rich diet and consume only small amounts or no animal foods, and don’t have regular access to the sun are at a greater risk for vitamin D deficiency and therefore a greater risk of developing certain diseases. Just like vitamin B12, vitamin D is one nutrient vegans must take special care to work into their diet.

Supplementation is the only real answer. Obviously, getting out and about in the sun for ten to fifteen minutes a day is the best solution when you have the time and when clouds or rain aren’t obscuring half of the year. But if you aren’t able to get it from the sun, eating foods fortified with vitamin D is the best way to hit your DRI mark of vitamin D and supplementation.

Simply taking daily supplement tablets containing vitamin D is not always good enough, and can even be dangerous to your health. Many large and reputable brands such as Pfizer, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, add fillers and additives such as talc, nickelous sulfate and tin, BHT, hydrogenated palm oil, artificial colorants, and other anti-caking or binding agents that are nearly all carcinogenic and can present serious issues for people with sensitive organs.

Furthermore, many tablets sold by big name brands such as the Pfizer’s vitamin supplement product, Centrum, contain only the lowest quality vitamins and in their least-absorbable forms and many isolated  nutrients now known to promote cancer such as vitamin E and A. The amounts of vitamins these tablet supplements contain are also in doses so low they are far below therapeutic levels. Many of the vitamins in these supplements are either completely used up or excreted within as little as four hours, doing little for your body’s health and nutritional needs.

The best way to get a sufficient and regular intake of vitamins D is take in some sun, and to ingest  natural, plant-based ingredients such as mushrooms, and supplementation. This makes it easier for your body to process, store and utilize the vitamin.

Nutrient Rich now offers an excellent, tasty and convenient way to do this with our vitamin D-fortified NRg Infusions™. We blend the vitamins we add into our other fresh vegetable, fruit and seed based superfood blends, creating a delicious, nutrient-dense snack that is perfect for helping you fulfill your vital daily intake of vitamins and minerals.

Just one NRg Infusions™ between or in place of your meals during your hectic day are healthier, cheaper, and easier than chugging six glasses of milk or trying to eat a dozen servings of fish and eggs to reach your DRI of vitamin D. You’ll take in 2000 IU of Vitamin D3. We can promise you our refreshing superfood infusions go down smoother than most “healthy” snacks you may have tasted before, and will help you get a step closer to improving your diet and health.

We strongly encourage you to try and get at least fifteen minutes of sunshine a day in order to obtain vitamin D in its most natural, absorbable form. But NRg Infusions™ with their convenient twelve to eighteen-month shelf life will be waiting for you on those rainy days when nothing else will do the job—or when you simply need a boost of energy to get you through to your next sit-down meal.
D doesn’t have to stand for deficient. We’d much rather have it be for delicious!

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Tripkovic L, Lambert H, Hart K, et al: Comparison of vitamin D2 and vitamin D3 supplementation in raising serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D status: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Clin Nutr 2012.

 

 

 

5 Key Nutrients Every Woman Must Take

 

Here are 5 key nutrients that may help protect women from heart disease, as well as lower the risk of other chronic conditions such as osteoporosis, diabetes, breast cancer and high blood pressure.

1. FOLATE

Folate is a member of the B vitamin family and is found naturally in foods, especially green vegetables. Folate is involved with DNA synthesis and DNA methylation, which essentially turns genes on and off. Because of these crucial functions, folate plays important roles in fetal development and nerve tissue health as well as cancer initiation and progression.multivitamins

No we are not talking about Folic acid.

Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate that is added to food or used as an ingredient in vitamin supplements. Folic acid is added to most enriched, refined grain products like bread, rice and pasta in the U.S. and Canada in an attempt to replace the nutrients lost during the processing of the whole grain. Since folic acid is added to so many refined grain products, it is very easy for a typical diet combined with a multivitamin to end up with high levels of folic acid, the synthetic form. Too much folate obtained naturally from food is not a concern. It comes naturally packaged in balance with other micronutrients and the body regulates its absorption. Folic acid is not found in natural foods.

Women who take supplemental folic acid increase their breast cancer risk by 20-30%, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers collected data on women’s folic acid intake from multivitamins over a 10-year period – they found that the women who took multivitamins containing folic acid were more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than those that did not.

Folate is abundant in all green vegetables. We do not need synthetic folic acid supplements to meet our daily folate requirements.

Here are a few examples of folate-rich foods (as a reference point, the U.S. RDA for folate is 400µg)

  1.  Edamame (1 cup cooked) – 482 µg
  2. Broccoli (2 cups cooked) – 337 µg
  3. Asparagus (1 cup cooked) – 268 µg
  4. Romaine lettuce (3 cups raw) – 192 µg
  5. Brussels sprouts (2 cups cooked) – 187 µg
  6. Spinach (3 cups raw) – 175 µg

 

Orange Creamsicle Blended Salad

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Serves: 2

Folate per serving: 314 mcg

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened soy, hemp or almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons Dr. Fuhrman’s Blood Orange Vinegar
  • 1 large orange, peeled
  • 6 ounces romaine lettuce
  • 6 ounces spinach
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 10 whole raw cashews
  • 4-5 ice cubes
Instructions

Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

Note: In addition to the increased risk of later life breast cancer in women, folic acid supplementation during pregnancy is associated with respiratory tract infections, asthma, and cardiac birth defects in children. 35-38. Folic acid is not folate and does not deliver the cornucopia of nutrients that folate-rich foods do. All women must be aware that they may be endangering their health or the health of their unborn children if they choose to use conventional, prenatal multivitamins containing synthetic folic acid rather than eating a healthful diet rich in natural folate.

 

2. VITAMIN D

It is estimated that over 25 million adults in the United States have, or are at risk of developing, osteoporosis. Adequate storage levels of vitamin D help keep bones strong and help prevent osteoporosis in older adults. Vitamin D deficiency results in diminished calcium absorption, and has been linked to a higher incidence of osteoporosis-related bone fractures seen in post-menopausal women and older Americans.

 It is extremely important for individuals with limited sun exposure to ingest supplemental vitamin D.

Vitamin D is more effective than calcium for protecting and building bone.  Most people do not have adequate levels of vitamin D. Often a multi-vitamin containing the RDA for D is simply not sufficient to bring blood levels up to the ideal range, especially as we age.

Vitamin D regulates several genes and cellular processes related to cancer progression.  Some of the most groundbreaking findings in nutrition science in recent years have been evidence of the powerful protection provided by vitamin D against common cancers:

  • Breast cancer: About 75% of women with breast cancer are vitamin D deficient.4 A 2009 meta-analysis of 19 studies established a strong inverse relationship between circulating vitamin D levels and breast cancer – women in the highest vitamin D range reduced their risk of breast cancer by 45%.
  • Colorectal cancer: A 2009 review of 25 studies found that sufficient vitamin D levels were consistently associated with reduced risk of colorectal cancer.6 Even after diagnosis with colorectal cancer, higher vitamin D levels are associated with reduced mortality.
  • Cancers of the prostate, pancreas, lung, and endometrium are also associated with vitamin D insufficiency.
3. Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is required for important biological functions like red blood cell production, nervous system function, and DNA synthesis. Deficiency in B12 can cause a variety of problems including anemia, depression, confusion, fatigue, digestive issues, and nerve damage. Researchers looked at nearly 73,000 postmenopausal women who participated in the nine-year Women’s Health Initiative study. Among the women in the study, 5.5 percent were anemic. The researchers found that women with anemia tend to consume less protein, folate (also called vitamin B9), iron, vitamin C and vitamin B12.

Low levels of vitamin B12 tend to occur in women as they age. Older adults may not have enough hydrochloric acid in their stomach to absorb the vitamin .Women who don’t get enough of B12 can experience fatigue, weight loss, poor memory, dementia and depression.

A health-promoting diet is the most effective way to maintain excellent health and protect against chronic diseases, including Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. But in order to enjoy the strongest protection possible, it is just as important to prevent deficiencies of certain nutrients that may be sub-optimal in an overall health-promoting diet, such as vitamin B12, zinc, DHA, iodine, and vitamin D, by taking the necessary supplements.

4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids (DHA and EPA)

DHA is important for pregnant and nursing women. DHA is one of the crucial building blocks of human brain tissue. Omega-3 fatty acids are structural components of cell membranes — DHA specifically accumulates in the cell membranes of the retina, brain, and nervous system. Adequate levels of DHA throughout life are important for vision and learning.

Health benefits associated with long chain omega-3 fatty acids:

  • DHA is a structural component of the brain at all ages*
  • DHA is crucial for fetal and childhood neurological and visual development*
  • EPA and DHA may promote healthy cognitive function, memory, and mood*
  • EPA and DHA may help to maintain proper regulation of the inflammatory response*
  • EPA and DHA may help to maintain normal lipid levels and cardiovascular health*
  • Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
5. CALCIUM

Osteoporosis is clearly a major problem in our modern world.  For example, a woman’s chance of having an osteoporosis-related fracture today is 10 times greater than being diagnosed with breast cancer and 5 times more likely than having a heart attack.  If you plan on living to at least 85, your chance of having a hip fracture is about 30 percent. So if you are a woman and not already thinking about protecting your bones, you need to start now!

The Best Food for Bones: Fruits and Vegetables

Millions of women have been falsely led to believe that there is a correlation between osteoporosis and the inadequate intake of dairy foods.  Bone health is much more than just calcium. Vegetables, beans, fruits, and nuts are rich sources of calcium, potassium, vitamin K, magnesium, and vegetable protein, as well as the phytochemicals and micronutrients that are gaining recognition to be important for bone strength. Calcium is an important component, but like protein, we don’t need as much of it as most people think. The current U.S. daily calcium recommendation of 1200 to 1500 milligrams for postmenopausal women is an attempt to offset the ill-effects of the Standard American Diet which creates excessive calcium loss in the urine because most people consume so much sodium, caffeine and animal protein.

Contrary to popular belief, you do not need dairy products to get sufficient calcium. Every natural food contains calcium. When you eat a healthy diet, rich in natural foods such as vegetables, beans, nuts, and seeds, it is impossible not to obtain sufficient calcium. In fact, the addition of more natural plant foods to the diet has been shown to have a powerful effect on increasing bone density and bone health.  Fruits and vegetables strengthen bones.  Researchers found that those who eat the most fruits and vegetables have denser bones. These researchers concluded that fruits and vegetables are not only rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium and other nutrients essential for bone health, but, because they are alkaline, not acid-producing, they do not induce urinary calcium loss. Green vegetables, in particular have a powerful effect on reducing hip fractures, for they are not only rich in calcium, but other nutrients as well, such a vitamin K, which is crucial for bone health.

 

Our Recommendation for You

Women

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Post-Menopausal or Perimenopausal

General Recommendations:

Women’s Daily Formula +D3 (vegan): 2 capsules daily

DHA+EPA Purity: 0.75 ml daily

Immunotect™: 2 capsules daily

 

Premenopausal*

General Recommendations:

Women’s Daily Formula +D3 (vegan): 1 capsule daily

Gentle Prenatal: 1 capsule daily

DHA+EPA Purity: 0.75 ml daily

Immunotect™: 2 capsules daily

 

Pregnant, Planning to be Pregnant or Breastfeeding

General Recommendations:

Gentle Prenatal: 2 capsules daily

DHA+EPA Purity: 0.75 ml daily

Immunotect™: 2 capsules daily

Need Children’s Multivitamin and Mineral That’s Safe:

Children don’t always eat well-balanced meals, but Dr. Fuhrman’s Pixie Vites provide insurance that they get the vital nutrients they need plus extra phytochemical and antioxidant protection. Dr. Fuhrman’s Pixie Vites are a great-tasting, high quality, whole food-based, complete children’s multivitamin and mineral supplement. Pixie Vites have a kid-friendly wild berry taste with no added sugar, artificial sweeteners or colors, or preservatives. In addition to essential vitamins and minerals, a blend of 30 fruit and vegetable extracts provide great taste and natural phytochemicals.

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Chlorella Benefits- What is it? and why is it good for me?

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As someone who is conscious about their health, you probably already know about chlorella. Chlorella is one of the most powerful super foods on the planet. Grown in pristine freshwater ponds on Japanese coral islands, chlorella is a microalgae. It grows extremely fast — multiplying four times every 20 hours, due to a compound called Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF). This extract — unique to chlorella — contains amino acids, vitamins, sugars and nucleic acids, and is believed to be at the core of some of chlorella’s health benefits. Although microscopic, chlorella is a source of complete protein, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants. Its vibrant green color is from the pigment chlorophyll

In fact, chlorella is one of the highest sources of chlorophyll on Earth. And for that very benefit we have used this amazing powerful superfood as one of the ingredients in our LIVING FEAST and SUPER VEGGIES & GREENS, so you get the maximum benefit of chlorella’s rich supply of vitamins and antioxidants in a safe, convenient and great tasting way!

Why Chlorella is a Magnet for Toxins

You see, chlorella is loaded with chlorophyll, and chlorophyll is one of the most powerful detox substances in nature. Chlorophyll helps detox your liver and bloodstream and helps cleanse your digestive tract. It binds to toxins like a magnet. It can even bind to mercury which is extremely difficult to remove from your body.

The History of Chlorella

Chlorella is one of the most widely studied food supplements in the world. Aside from being the subject of medical research in the USA, USSR, Germany, Japan, France, England and Israel, chlorella has been extensively studied as a food source since it is made up of a whopping 50 percent protein and is considered a complete amino acid-based food.

Even NASA has studied using chlorella as the one of first whole foods in space on the international space station!

Studies in Japan have shown chlorella may help reduce body fat percentage and may be useful in fighting obesity and weight related diabetes. It may also help reduce both cholesterol and hypertension. Chlorella’s cleansing action on your bowel and other elimination channels, as well as its protection of your liver, also helps promote clean blood. And clean blood helps assure metabolic waste get efficiently carried away from your tissues.

Chlorella is such a powerful detoxifier because it is rich in chlorophyll, which is known to:

  •  Aid you in processing more oxygen
  • Cleanse key elimination systems like your bowel, liver, and blood
  • Help purify your blood and clean away toxins
  • Aid you in promoting optimal blood pressure
  • Support elimination of molds in your body
  • Help neutralize bad air you might breathe in
  • Promote growth and repair of your tissues

Chlorella Benefits

  • Activate and strengthen your immune system
  • Improving your digestion, especially if constipation is a problem
  • Providing B vitamins from an animal source
  • Enhancing your ability to focus and concentrate
  • Increasing your energy levels
  • Balancing your body’s pH
  • Normalizing your blood sugar and blood pressure
  • Reducing your cancer risk
  • Freshening your breath
Where to Find ChlorellaLiving-Feast

If you have never taken Chlorella before, unable to take direct chlorella supplements because it affects your body, or your blood count is too high or you want to start a simple detoxification both Living Feast (original and turbo) and Super Greens& Veggies have Chlorella in them in a safe dosage without the worry of its side effects which you might experience if you took it in large quantities.. And best of all they taste Super-Veggies-Greens-Powder1amazing and you can incorporate it into smoothies, juices and even soups!

The Safest Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement Ever Made

Gentle CareMany people believe it or not, some of the healthiest eaters in the world, think that because their diet is so healthy, they are not at risk of a nutrient deficiency and for so little cost and consideration they are putting themselves at great risk.

Why would you need to supplement a nutrient rich diet?

Well, a good place to start is with a general multivitamin and mineral supplement.

Yes, there is such a thing as the safest multivitamin and mineral supplement ever made. It’s called Gentle Care Formula and it’s made by Dr. Fuhrman.

The Reason Why

Science moves much faster than most companies can keep pace with, but Dr. Fuhrman strives to keep his products as current as possible. Dr. Fuhrman continually improves the quality of his supplements, adjusting their contents to stay current with new scientific research.

Dr. Fuhrman’s multivitamin and mineral supplements include whole food derived nutrients: vitamin K2 derived from flower extracts, which is more bio available than synthetic vitamin K11; vitamin C from acerola fruit; iodine from kelp; and resveratrol from polygonum cuspidatum root. In addition, whole food extracts including acai, kale, watercress, and goji berry have been added to supply additional phytochemicals and maximize the antioxidant benefit of the supplement. Finally, most of Dr. Fuhrman’s multivitamin and mineral supplements are packaged in vegetarian capsules, which can be opened in order to add the supplement to food or drink for those who prefer not to swallow the capsules whole.

Avoid taking supplements containing these ingredients: vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, beta carotene, copper and iron

Dr. Fuhrman designed his multivitamin and mineral supplements with the highest standards for safety, efficacy, and quality in mind. Nowhere else will you find a multivitamin and mineral supplement that takes into consideration all of the latest scientific findings and continues to reinvent itself as new evidence about the harmful or beneficial effects of vitamin and mineral supplementation is exposed. Most multivitamin products on the market all have too much of some things and too little of others. Dr. Fuhrman’s goal in creating his multivitamin and mineral products is to first “do no harm” and second provide a best in class supplement that will top off a healthful diet.

CAN TAKING SUPPLEMENTS HURT INSTEAD OF HELP?

The main problem with taking a typical multivitamin is that it may expose you to extra nutrients that you do not need. While most people can certainly benefit from a multivitamin, it is important to choose the right one. Excessive quantities of some vitamins and minerals can be toxic or have long-term negative health effects. Some forms are more absorbable and useful to our bodies then others. Selecting a multivitamin can be very confusing because new and sometimes conflicting research appears almost every day. There are endless varieties available and a never ending list of health claims. Dr. Fuhrman thoroughly reviews the medical literature before allowing ingredients to be included in his supplements. When new research becomes available, his products are reformulated as necessary.

More is Not Always Better

We know it is important to avoid vitamin and mineral deficiencies but it is just as important to avoid consuming excessively high levels of certain nutrients. Frequently, Dr. Fuhrman finds that patients who take an assortment of nutritional supplements consume potentially harmful levels of B6, iron, and even selenium, copper or zinc. The levels of vitamins and minerals in Dr. Fuhrman’s multivitamin and mineral supplements are optimized to provide enough of each nutrient while not running the risk of dangerously high intake levels. These well designed multivitamins can be used without fear of exposure to excessive or toxic components.

Folic Acid – Recent Studies Indicate Folic Acid May Promote Tumor Growth

Recently, there have been some troubling studies connecting folic acid supplementation with breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers.2 Folate and folic acid are members of the B vitamin family. Folate is the form found naturally in foods, especially green vegetables. Too much folate obtained naturally from food is not a concern. It comes naturally packaged in balance with other micronutrients and the body regulates its absorption.3

Folic acid is the synthetic form that is added to food or used as an ingredient in vitamin supplements. Folic acid is added to most enriched, refined grain products like bread, rice and pasta in the U.S. and Canada in an attempt to replace the nutrients lost during the processing of the whole grain. Since folic acid is added to so many refined grain products, it is very easy for a typical diet combined with a multivitamin to end up with very high levels of folic acid. Folic acid is not found in natural foods.

Recent studies have shown that folic acid supplementation may be a double-edged sword: getting enough may keep tumors from starting by repairing errors in DNA, but getting too much may feed tumors once they start.4 It may play a dual role in cancer development by providing protection early in carcinogenesis and in individuals with a low folate status, but promoting carcinogenesis if administered later at higher intakes. This could affect people who may have an early stage tumor but are not aware of it.5

In light of this research, Dr. Fuhrman does not include synthetic folic acid in his multivitamin and mineral supplements. A diet rich in green vegetables is high in folate, and one can’t escape from the biological needs of humans to eat green vegetables regularly. Depending on supplements to provide folic acid instead of the consuming green vegetables to obtain natural folate is something that Dr. Fuhrman does not support. We need to eat vegetables to obtain the safer form of folate. Dr. Fuhrman acknowledges that it is unrealistic to assume that all children will always eat sufficient green vegetables, so he has added a small dose of folate in its natural form to Pixie Vites.

Beta-carotene, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E are Risky to Take in Supplemental Form

Dr. Fuhrman does not recommend taking supplements that contain vitamin A or isolated beta-carotene because there are risks associated with consumption of these nutrients above what we receive in our diet. Ingesting vitamin A or beta-carotene in isolation from supplements, instead of food may interfere with the absorption of other crucially important carotenoids, such as lutein and lycopene, thus potentially increasing cancer risk.6

Isolated Beta-Carotene Increases Cancer Risk

The precursor to vitamin A, beta-carotene was once regarded as a safe and beneficial antioxidant and even recommended as an anti-cancer vitamin, but it has recently been shown to increase the risk of certain cancers when administered as an isolated supplement. Scientists now suspect that health problems may result when beta-carotene is ingested without other carotenoids that would have been present had it been ingested from real food. Beta-carotene is only one of about 500 carotenoids that exist. Beta-carotene supplements are poor substitutes for the broad assortment of carotenoid compounds found in plants.

Researchers thought that beta-carotene had a powerful anti-cancer effect because they had found that populations with high levels of beta-carotene in their bloodstream had exceedingly low rates of cancer. Recently, it was discovered that the reason these people were protected against cancer was because of hundreds of carotenoids and phytochemicals in the fruits and vegetables they were consuming. It wasn’t that beta-carotene alone was responsible for the benefit; it was merely that it had served as a flag or marker for those populations with a high fruit and vegetable intake. Unfortunately, many scientists confused the flag for the ship.

In Finnish trials, using beta-carotene supplements failed to prevent lung cancer, and there was actually an increase in cancer in those who took the supplement.7 This study was halted when the physician researchers discovered the death rate from lung cancer was 28 percent higher among participants who had taken the high amounts of beta-carotene and vitamin A. The death rate from heart disease was also 17 percent higher in those who had taken the supplements compared to those just given a placebo.8 Another recent study showed similar results, correlating beta-carotene supplementation with an increased occurrence of prostate cancer. Furthermore, a meta-analysis of antioxidant vitamin supplementation found that beta-carotene supplementation was associated with increased all-cause mortality rate.9

As a result of these European studies, as well as similar studies conducted here in the United States, articles in the New England Journal of Medicine,10 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute,11 and the Lancet12 all advise people to stop taking beta-carotene supplements.

Vitamin A Poses Even Greater Risk

Yes, taking extra vitamin A (retinyl palmatate and retinyl acetate) may be even more risky than using supplemental beta carotene. Since beta-carotene gets converted into vitamin A by your body, there is no reason a person eating a reasonably healthy diet should require any extra vitamin A. There is solid research revealing that supplemental vitamin A induces calcium loss in the urine, contributing to osteoporosis. Too much vitamin A is known to be toxic to the liver, and can cause birth defects. The most common effect of toxic doses of vitamin A in animals is spontaneous fracture.

In humans, excess vitamin A is potentially a problem, even in ranges not normally considered toxic.13 One study found that subjects with a vitamin A intake in the range of 1.5 mg had double the hip fracture rate of those with an intake in that range of .5 mg.14 For every 1 mg increase in vitamin A consumption, hip fracture rate increased by 68%. Vitamin A supplementation has also been associated with a 16% increase in all-cause mortality. The same meta-analysis reported an increase in mortality for vitamin E supplementation.8

In spite of the huge volume of solid information documenting the deleterious effects of beta-carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin E, it is still almost impossible to find a multiple vitamin that does not contain these substances. Dr. Fuhrman’s multivitamin and mineral supplements contain a wide range of whole food extracts that provide numerous carotenoids, not just beta-carotene, and it does not contain vitamin A.

What about Iron and Copper?

With the exception of Gentle Prenatal, Dr. Fuhrman’s multivitamin and mineral supplements do not contain iron. It is wise not to take supplemental iron unless needed. Although iron is crucial for oxygen transport and other physiological processes, in excess iron is an oxidant that may contribute to cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline in older adults.15 Iron only should be taken as a supplement when a deficiency or increased need exists, such as during pregnancy — for this reason, iron is included in Dr. Fuhrman’s Gentle Prenatal.

Recent studies have shown that excess copper could be associated with reduced immune function and lower antioxidant status.13 Recently published research also indicates that high copper intake along with a diet high in saturated and trans fats could lead to an accelerated rate of mental decline in older adults as well as atherosclerosis.12,16 For these reasons, Dr. Fuhrman’s multivitamin and mineral supplements do not include copper.

Supplemental Selenium may be harmful

There is some evidence that high selenium levels may contribute to diabetes, hyperlipidemia, prostate cancer, and cardiovascular disease, and impaired immune and thyroid function. Therefore, supplementation beyond what is present in natural foods is likely not beneficial, and may result in overexposure.18 Since children usually do not eat ideal diets, a small dose of selenium is included in Pixie Vites to prevent deficiencies.

DO PEOPLE EATING A RELATIVELY HEALTHY DIET NEED A MULTI?

Dr. Fuhrman believes they do. Some people, even when consuming an ideal diet, may need more of certain nutrients. Individual absorption and utilization of nutrients varies from person to person and some people simply require more to maximize their health. For example, some individuals require more Vitamin D or B12 due to differences in absorption and utilization, and likewise some may also require more minerals such as zinc for maximizing their health and longevity. By taking one of Dr. Fuhrman’s multivitamin and mineral supplements along with an excellent diet, longevity and protection against disease is even more enhanced.

It is well established that a high quality, nutrient rich diet can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis.19 Most Americans however, continue to eat a nutritionally deficient, disease-causing diet. In fact, eighty percent do not even come close to eating five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. This leads to significant deficiencies in a number of micronutrients such as vitamins E and C, the B vitamins, zinc, carotenoids and magnesium.20

Real nutrient-rich, natural foods supply much more than vitamins and minerals. Taking a multi, even one of these carefully designed ones, is obviously not a substitute for healthful eating and can’t supply ideal levels of all micronutrients or make up for the harmful substances taken in when consuming processed foods. These supplements are designed for people who are already eating fairly healthfully. While we can’t ensure we are always getting the proper balance and amount of all nutrients – despite even the best efforts, it makes sense to take a high quality multivitamin and mineral supplement to bring our level of micronutrients up to ideal levels. Both too much and too little nutrients can be suboptimal. Suboptimal intake of some vitamins is a risk factor for chronic diseases and common in the general population, especially the elderly.21 These supplements are designed to optimize nutrient levels. At the same time Dr. Fuhrman is cautious not to give too much of any nutrient and to specifically avoid those that are questionable and are safer to be supplied by natural foods to avoid risk.

Do These Products Meet the Needs of Vegetarians and Vegans?

All of Dr. Fuhrman’s multivitamin and mineral supplements are vegetarian, and Gentle Care Formula (which includes the vegan form of vitamin D) is 100% vegan. A total vegetarian (vegan) diet is deficient in meeting the nutrient needs of most individuals for vitamin B12. Dr. Fuhrman’s multivitamin and mineral supplements supply more than the RDI for B12. The decision to use more than the RDI for B12 was because so many people require more, especially vegans and the elderly.22 Plus, extra B12 is completely non-toxic.23 If you choose to follow a vegan diet, it is essential to consume enough supplemental B12. Dr. Fuhrman’s multivitamin and mineral supplements supply the extra B12 and vitamin D that vegans almost always need. Additional zinc is also useful for most vegans. Plant foods have high zinc content, however they also contain substances that inhibit the aborption of zinc.24 A 2009 study of vegetarians found a high prevalence of zinc deficiency.25 The zinc requirement for vegans is estimated to be as much as 50% higher than that of omnivores.26

DR. FUHRMAN’S MULTIVITAMIN AND MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS

The most current nutrition research is used to determine what Dr. Fuhrman’s multivitamin and mineral supplements does and does not contain. The highest quality, most absorbable forms of each nutrient are used. Dr. Fuhrman continually reviews the ingredients in his products. He makes sure they contain the best form of each nutrient in the optimal amount.

HIGHLIGHTING SOME OF THE VITAMINS

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 helps make red blood cells and keeps your nervous system working properly. As we get older, we become less able to absorb the vitamin B12 that is found naturally in food.18 Nutrient supplementation beyond what can be obtained from the diet is often necessary to optimize immune function, especially in older people. Even people eating the high nutrient diet that Dr. Fuhrman recommends may be deficient in vitamin B12. Although diets low in animal products dramatically reduce risk of developing certain diseases and increase life expectancy, they need a supplemental source of vitamin B12 which is found mainly in foods of animal origin. Dr. Fuhrman has selected the most biologically active form of B12, methylcolbalamin, since it is readily utilized by the body without requiring any further metabolic steps.19 Most commonly, vitamin supplements use a synthetic and inactive form of B12 called cyanocobalamin which requires a number of metabolic steps before it can be of any benefit. This is suboptimal especially for some people with certain deficiencies or health issues. Recent research has suggested that the current U.S. RDI of B12 may be inadequate even for young people,27 and Dr. Fuhrman’s multivitamin and mineral supplements contain significantly more than the RDI in order to ensure sufficient B12 levels. Lack of B12 can lead to anemia, depression, stomach problems, and nerve damage.

Vitamin D

Deficiency of Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is very common because many avoid sun exposure, wear sunscreen or spend most of their time indoors. Avoiding the sun may protect against skin damage, but a vitamin D insufficiency can be an important contributing factor in the progression of osteoporosis. A lack of vitamin D is also thought to contribute to several cancers, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and depression.28 Taking supplemental vitamin D is highly recommended. Dr. Fuhrman’s multivitamin and mineral supplements supply a higher dose than the standard RDI because there is evidence that the current RDI is insufficient.30 The level of supplementation necessary for individuals to reach optimal serum 25(OH)D levels may vary. Levels should be assessed by blood test and supplementation should be adjusted accordingly. For some that will be 1000-2000 IU, but others may require more. For additional vitamin D supplementation, Dr. Fuhrman’s Osteo-Sun is available, combining an optimal blend of calcium, D, and other supportive minerals.

Vitamin K2

Vitamin K acts as a coenzyme in a variety of metabolic reactions essential for blood clotting. Additionally, vitamin K is important in supporting bone health; without it, our bodies could not utilize the calcium needed for bone and tooth formation. Dr. Fuhrman’s multivitamin and mineral supplements contain Vitamin K2, a naturally occurring form of vitamin K shown to have superior, more complete absorption31 over vitamin K1. Vitamin K2 is more potent and has the widest range of activity. It is another important feature that makes Dr. Fuhrman’s multivitamin and mineral supplements unique.

K2 alone has also been found to protect against arterial calcification and the oxidation (free radical damage) of LDL cholesterol.32 In 2004, the Rotterdam Study revealed that increased dietary intake specifically of vitamin K2 significantly reduced the risk of coronary heart disease by 50% as compared to low dietary vitamin K2 intake. In this study, Vitamin K1 had no effect.33 Similar results were found in another study conducted in 2009.34 Far more active than K1 in both bone formation and reduction of bone loss supplementation with vitamin K2 has been shown to be an effective treatment against osteoporosis. A review study of randomized controlled human trials of at least 6 months duration that assessed the use of vitamin K1 or K2 to lower fracture risk identified 13 trials. In all but one, vitamin K reduced bone loss with K2 being most effective, reducing risk of vertebral fracture by 60%, hip fracture by 77% and all non-vertebral fractures by 81%.35

HIGHLIGHTING SOME OF THE MINERALS

Bio availability refers to the amount of an ingested nutrient that is actually absorbed and made available for use in the body. Minerals have a wide range of bioavailability depending on the form they are in and what they are bonded to. Nutrients ingested in supplemental form are not useful unless they can be absorbed and utilized for growth, maintenance and repair. In Dr. Fuhrman’s multivitamin and mineral supplements, he has selected the mineral forms with greatest bioavailability. Amino acid chelates are used because they have the potential to enhance absorption by forming a complex with the mineral.36 Chelation is a natural function of the body to facilitate transport of minerals across the intestinal wall as part of digestion. Amino acids are good chelating agents because they are very well-absorbed by the body.

Zinc

Zinc is vital for the health of many of the body’s systems. It is particularly important for healthy skin and is essential for a healthy immune system and resistance to infection. Zinc, generally, cannot be absorbed by the body unless it is linked up with other substances. Most commonly it is linked up with organic acids or amino acids in a process called chelation. These chelated forms are more absorbable than others. The Zinc picolinate is included in the formula because zinc absorption in humans can be improved by complexing zinc with amino acids or picolinic acid.35,37 Zinc when ingested, forms a complex with picolinic acid which enhances the rate of absorption. Vegetarians, vegans and flexatarians require more zinc, compared with those that regularly consume animal products because the zinc from animal products is more easily absorbed than the zinc from plant sources.

Iodine

The main source of iodine in the diet is iodized salt. High salt intake however, is a primary cause of high blood pressure. Dr. Fuhrman’s multivitamin and mineral supplements take into consideration Dr. Fuhrman’s recommendation to avoid all salt added to food. Dr. Fuhrman’s multivitamin and mineral supplements will assure adequate iodine intake in those who seek to minimize their salt intake.

Remember, dietary supplements are indeed supplements, not substitutes for a healthy diet. Supplements alone cannot offer optimal protection against disease, and you cannot make an unhealthy diet into a healthy one by consuming supplements.

Dr. Fuhrman

Naturally Processed Whole Foods Are Not The Same as Refined Foods – They Are Polar Opposites

Today, I am going to share one of the most convenient ways to ensure that you are always able to eat nutrient rich (healthy), at least 90% or More of the time, with incredible ease…

Why? Because that’s what it takes to achieve the 7 healthy success results every body wants.

  • A Detoxified Body
  • Natural Weight Loss
  • Dramatically Improved Health
  • Reversal of Lifestyle-Induced Diseases (diabetes, Itis’s, etc)
  • Slower aging
  • A Younger Look
  • A Longer Life!

Many of us never seem to “get” that living healthy, at or near your ideal weight (all the time) requires that you pay attention to the nutritional quality of the foods you eat, at least 90% of the time, or more.

It’s not a function of simply getting enough “Vitamins & Minerals” on top of the SAD Standard American Diet. Besides the fact that we need thousands of phytonutrients beyond that of vitamins and minerals alone, we need to eat way More Plant-Based Nutrient Rich whole foods than we are eating of nutrient-poor foods, if we want health at a high enough level that it shows.

But many of us simply don’t do this, and default to the nutrient-poor foods that are all around us, due to limited time and energy among, other reasons. For example, there are reasons why people default to dessert for breakfast; here are 3 reasons:

  1. Economics and distribution: it’s easy to make, bake, ship and store cake.
  2. Most of us are addicted to highly-stimulating food stuffs, so why not wake up and have some cake?
  3. Surely, everyone will be happy and no one will complain when you give them cake. 

Bagels, donuts, muffins, pastries, pancakes, and the like are really nothing more than “cake,” a realization that I came to when listening to a Dr. Fuhrman Lecture.

Recently I ran a Facebook Survey. With the help of my friends in the fitness industry, and found that when it comes to eating–people rank convenience and great taste 1st and a close 2nd, with a lean toward convenience as the #1 driver for why they eat the way they do. Guess what? Nutritional value comes in 3rd!

And, while you might think that I would be ranting and raving about that–believe it or not, it is totally understandable. The bottom line is that people naturally focus on their most immediate needs; they want immediate fulfillment and they want it to taste good. Convenience is mandatory today. And, most of us seek pleasure from eating.

The big question is: How do you meet your desire for #1 convenience and #2 great taste, and maximize #3 the nutritional value (nutrient density) of the foods you eat?

The answer is: Eating “naturally” processed and packaged foods. What?!!!, Yes you heard me. Naturally processed and packaged foods!

It’s not the same types as cake.

You see, not all processed foods are bad, some are actually better and more effective than the original whole food because of the way they are processed and their appeal to the eater. When people say “processed foods are bad,” what they really mean to say is that poorly processed foods that are “refined” are bad. This is because the processing either destroys the nutrients, or they are refined right out of the original food. Otherwise, processed food, is not bad.

Heck, a smoothie is a processed food– the food processing just doesn’t destroy the nutrients, rather, it makes the consumption more convenient, while making the original foods taste even better. The Sweet Green Smoothie, a mainstay for people who eat nutrient rich, is a perfect example. The bananas and other nutrient-rich, now processed ingredients mix with the greens to make a sweet green taste that everyone loves. It’s perfectly processed, but not refined! Not bad, huh?

This brings up the central message of this post… You can eat processed and packaged foods when making the Switch to Nutrient Rich Healthy Eating, and after, when you do so via a new class of nutritional products that is emerging–live, raw, organic, whole, plant-based, nutrient-rich, super foods, as part of a nutrient-rich healthy eating style, you can call your own.

There many reason why there are so many descriptors in the new class of whole food nutrition products. It is because you want to maintain the food, which is now processed and packaged, in as close to it’s natural state as possible, only now in a more easy- to-consume package, with other benefits from the processing and packaging itself! 

Enter the Super Simple, Quick & Easy Meal. These products are wholesome goodness in a jar when you don’t have enough time for…
– Juicing, 

– Blending, 

– Preparing,

– Cooking, or

– Cleaning up…

…even if these functions are made simple.

Here at nutrientrich.com, we inspire, educate and support people in creating a Nutrient Rich Healthy Eating Style they can call their own. We teach people how to shop, organize, prepare, and eat out in a nutrient-rich way, how to make simple, quick and easy meals, and how to lose weight in a nutrient- rich way. But, what do you do when you can’t sit down for a nutrient-rich meal, or even make that meal in a simple, quick and easy way?

You just mix, shake (with your blender bottle), pour and drink or eat. Nutrient Rich “light meal replacement” drinks are essential for those times when you literally have no time–which, for some people is most of the time.

The moral of the story is that it’s important that we have ways of eating, which are “THAT” super simple and convenient, that taste really good and are nutrient rich. It’s all part of living resiliently, and that’s why we are promoting Rezealiant Living products.

There are also products like Dr. Fuhrman’s gourmet Vinegars, which are naturally processed and packaged foods, but will take your salads to a whole new level. They are processed, but not refined!

Dr. Fuhrman’s soups and seasoning mixes, VegiZest and MatoZest are also good examples of whole foods that are prepared for super simple, quick & easy consumption. Along with Pixie Vites for the kids. They are naturally processed, and packaged, but not refined.

“Light” nutrient-rich meal replacements, or drinks (green or other) like Nutrient Rich® Rezealiant Living products, are also naturally processed and packaged, but not refined, and people are finally beginning to default to them for this reason. They are whole foods and available in a fast way.  

These products are made from the combination of whole food powders and whole foods that are juiced, and then powered, for even faster nutrient uptake, at the point of consumption. This method of “whole food nutrition” creates fast satisfaction and enables you to stay focused on your goals, during times when you can’t sit down for a nutrient-rich food, or meal.


Take Living Feast, for example: It is a very low-calorie, very nutrient-dense drink that delivers a powerful array of…

– Phytochemicals – Vitamins – Minerals – Water (when you mix it with H20 or Coconut water) – Amino acids – Essential fatty acids – Simple Sugars – naturally occurring enzymes – Probiotics, and – Fiber.

None of these nutrients are optional for a healthy body. You need all of them, every day, to function. And, if you are going to meet all your nutrient needs and not be driven to eat or overeat nutrient-poor foods that promote poor nutrition, you’ve got to be able to eat nutrient rich, in super simple, quick & easy ways, no matter what the situation

Living Feast is loaded with super fruits and berries, super veggies and greens, and super seeds (like chia, flax, and pumpkin), plus, it provides added digestive support from its healthy probiotics– even though all of these products are already incredibly easy to digest. And, because we are talking about very small particles of food, due to the whole food powders, and even smaller-particle live juice powders, nutrient absorption is maximized. It’s fast and naturally sweetened through whole food extracts.

Now what’s better? What I just explained regarding Living Feast when it comes to helping you live at the peak of health, or a default-donut that makes you fat and sick?

Start defaulting to a Living Feast each day, not that snack or cake, and you will get a FREE copy of the Nutrient Rich Quick Start Guide, with your order, to help you take your eating to the next level.

Learn more about Living Feast.

You can learn more about The Rezealiant Living Products Including Living Feast, Here.

Do You Need to Supplement a Nutrient-Rich Diet with Plant Based Protein?

Protein_Chart_MAIN-500x361In this post we’re going to get into whether or not we need to supplement a nutrient rich diet with plant based protein.  This is a complex subject.

First there are many motivations behind why you would want to supplement a nutrient-rich diet, to begin with. I wrote about this some months ago in a blog post, “why could you need to supplement eating a nutrient rich diet?“.

I also wrote about it in this prior post call “Depleted Soil and the Pitch to Sell Supplements.” And, the answer is?

Well, read those posts and my guess is you’re going to come to the conclusion that it depends on your situation. Dr. Fuhrman always views matters on what the science of the situation says, combined with an understanding of human health and performance and common sense.

First, taking a stance that “you don’t need supplements” is an unqualified blanket statement that is likely not serving you. By the same token, over doing supplements such as plant based protein, based on the latest argument or the popularity of “protein” in general, without evidence or knowledge of it’s effects, is not serving you either.

There are many cases where supplementation makes sense and you always want to air on the side of safe, when it comes to supplementation. See why could you need to supplement eating a nutrient rich diet?

And while it is proven that you can make yourself feel better if you believe that taking something is making you feel better, I think there are some great uses for plant based protein supplements in a nutrient rich diet, but we need to review them carefully.

So, this question requires some study on your part, some advice from someone like Dr. Fuhrman, or the certified nutrition education trainers like me here at nutrientrich.com.

I can say this…

After years of whey protein products as a bodybuilder, then taking whole food protein powders that mimicked the nutrition profile of animal foods, and now not taking hardly any isolated protein, even if it is from whole food, plant-based nutrient rich sources, I can confirm that you don’t need allot of protein.

Today, I maintain my muscle mass with ease, eating green vegetables, beans, legumes, raw nuts and seeds, small amounts of animal products if I eat them (which is rare) and adding organic nutrient rich vegetable and fruit powders such as living barley grass and others on the way, to expand the nutritional profile of what I’m eating. It’s not even necessary but useful when I can’t sit down for a nutrient rich meal and I want to maximize the nutrients I’m getting.

On a product like living barley grass, for example, if you look at the label it appears to be low in protein, but that’s because the protein was never taken out. It’s got plenty of amino acids and combined with a nutrient rich healthy eating style, their uptake directly into muscle tissue is fast. It’s amazing.

Who would have thought, especially so low in calories!

Learn more about supplementing on a high nutrient density eating style.

The Pills, Powders, and Potions Trap

Why Eating Nutrient-Poor Food and Making Up the Difference with Supplements, Will Not Promote Your Health or Success. Read these articles too:

Why would you need supplements when eating Nutrient Rich? Aren’t all the nutrients in the food you’re eating? The Supplementation Myth

The marketplace is full of “scientifically-formulated” or “clinically-proven” supplements to reduce your weight and increase your energy rapidly and permanently. These products almost always make false promises based on misleading information. Though you might lose a few pounds at first, the excess weight will naturally return, along with potentially serious, health complications. Though you may increase your energy at the onset, it’s most likely the stimulating effects of the pills, not because you’ve actually increased your energy.

Supplements, while they are justified in certain situations and relatively harmless in others, don’t hold a candle to nutrient-rich whole food. That’s why they’re called supplements; when you’re not eating whole foods you need to make up for what you’re not getting in your food, from a bottle or a can. Theoretically it makes sense, but in reality, it doesn’t work, unless you are talking about genuinely nutrient rich whole food products that are essentially the original whole foods in a jar, with the original advanced formula in tact. Otherwise, it ends bad.

Of course we’re not talking about the situations in which you are supplementing for good reasons, rather, we’re talking about deliberately eating nutrient poor and making up the difference with supplements. This is the trap!

Eating nutrient poor and taking supplements is a poor lifestyle strategy. Get your nutrients from whole, nutrient-rich food and supplement only when you need to! Are you worried about getting all of the nutrients you need?

Start with eating nutrient-rich foods and whole food meal replacements (which are not quite whole foods yet not supplements either yet health promoting and effective) and escape this expensive and unnecessary diet trap. The money you save will enable you to learn about, discover and enjoy nutrient-rich foods that put a smile on your face and keep your money in the bank!

If you want to learn the situations when you supplementation makes sense, go here. The next diet trap is the health food trap.

16 Reasons You May Need To Take Supplements Even Though You Are Eating Nutrient-Rich Superfoods?

Aren’t all the nutrients you need already in the foods you are eating? Basic logic would say that a nutrient-rich, Superfoods diet should give you all the nutrients you need to succeed.

We believe that is virtually true, given not all nutrients come from the foods you eat, but in reality, it doesn’t always play out that way, even if you  chewed your food better to get even more nutrients.

We don’t subscribe to the myth that our soils are so depleted that you need to live on supplements. Yes, organic farming is much better, and according to many the nutrients available in organically grown foods are far superior and more plentiful, but if you can’t get organically grown produce, you’ll still do fine with the conventionally grown kinds, in some of the incredibly rich farmlands we have in the US and around the world, and be far better off than if you were not eating a variety of vegetables, fruits, beans, and nuts and seeds. 

So, the question begs to be asked, why would you need any form of supplements when you are eating a healthy diet of nutrient-rich superfoods?

Here are the top 16 situational reasons why supplemental essentials make senses.

  1. When you have special situations like dealing with an ultra picky child who is not used to eating better food because of prior eating habits.
  2. When there is a crisis situation, such as ultra high cholesterol and you want a natural way to aid dietary improvement in reducing your cholesterol faster.
  3. If you’re not yet eating nutrient rich in a predominant way, you may want to supplement with a discerning multivitamin or whole food nutritional product.
  4. If you have a deficiency or low nutrient levels, for unusual/medical reasons, or due to the consequences of your previous usual diet as an adult.
  5. You are completely vegan and need to supplement vitamin B12
  6. If your diet style does not provide diversity.
  7. If you don’t get enough sun in northern climates or are not in the sun long enough, or keep washing off the vitamin D production in your skin, in the shower. Learn more about Vitamin D here. 
  8. In some cases for athletic performance reasons.
  9. When you’re in transition from nutrient poor to nutrient rich, your gastrointestinal track is adapting and you want to prevent the failure to thrive. 
  10. You are used to refined, super stimulating foodstuffs and need to initially add a powder to your smoothie for a more refined and familiar taste– berry, vanilla etc.
  11. Allergy situations.
  12. Digestive disorders, or when you are restoring intestinal gut flora (bacteria)
  13. If you simply want assurance.
  14. If your blood test from a competent doctor says so; for examples the need for essential micronutrients, B 12, or Vitamin D, Zinc, iodine or selenium.
  15. If you are not producing or eating enough long chain omega three fatty acids or don’t want to eat polluted fish that are also high in animal protein, cholesterol and saturated fat, just so you can get DHA and EPA.

… you see there are reasons for supplementation. If you would like to know how to ensure you’ll get essential supplementation like vitamin D into your diet everyday look no further than Superfood Infusions