From the desk of Doc Smo: Dietary supplements improve health? (Article)

The news had not been kind to the vitamin and nutrition supplement makes recently.  Many have heard of the conclusion of the Iowa Women’s Health study which found that supplemental vitamins and iron were not only not helpful to the health of older women, but they may actually be detrimental. Death from all causes were higher among the women who took supplements that those that did not. large epidemiologic studies have found that eating the whole fruits and vegetables does improve health.

On the heels of this study comes on in the British medical journal that found eating fish 2 or more times a week reduced ones chances of stroke but taking fish oil supplement did not show the same benefit. Once again, supplements seem not to be effective in preventing disease whereas the natural whole food is effective.  I think the message is clear from these studies: nutrients work in concert with one another, probably optimally in the balance that are found in whole food. Nutrients work in concert with one another, much like a symphony of musicians. For an orchestra to sound right, all the instruments need to be in balance, playing together in synchrony. Our cells are much the same, needing a steady diet of all the nutrients that are found in the whole foods that we know are essential to health. Improving your child’s health by finding just the right mixture of vitamins and nutrients is probably not going to happen.  Providing them with  a wide variety of whole foods and limiting or eliminating entirely processed foods is your child’s ticket to good health, now and in the future.

Your comments are welcome at www.docsmo.com.  Until next time.

 

Smo notes:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21987192

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/11/more-evidence-against-vitamin-use/

http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1105975

http://www.bmj.com/content/345/bmj.e6698

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