*archived entry from Warren’s Blog, November 1, 2007
This was the conclusion according to a study published in ‘Nutrition Journal Oct 2007’. Basically the study looked at long term users (20 years plus) of multiple dietary supplement users and compared them with those long term users who just took a standard multi-vitamin/mineral supplement, or, nothing at all.
‘Multiple dietary supplements’ mean a combination of a broad spectrum of supplements, including amino acids, herbal extracts, phytonutrients, and other specialty nutrients.
The researchers found that those who took multiple dietary supplements were in significantly better overall health than their counterparts whom just relied on the standard ‘multi vitamin/mineral’ supplement. This was measured by higher blood levels of key nutrients, more optimal levels of key health biomarkers, lower levels of diabetes and elevated blood pressure.
In fact, they determined that as a group they were 73% less likely to have diabetes and 39% less likely to have high blood pressure.
No surprises here really!
A simple multi vitamin/mineral supplement just doesn’t ‘cut it’ if you want optimal health! Vitamins and minerals are only a small part of the overall health equation. There are many other substances that are much more powerful in helping prevent the degeneration of your cells and DNA. Vitamins and minerals are often just co-factors to help these other nutrients.
In other words they are essential, but not the answer for optimal health just on their own. Put another way, if you want to give your body the ammunition that it truly needs to avoid degenerative disease, don’t rely on vitamins and minerals alone. Also, don’t get ‘hooked’ by the premise that ‘more’ is better and the answer is simply to increase the intake of vitamins and minerals. That won’t work either.
Interestingly we were one of the first supplement manufacturers in the world to recognize this important premise. In fact, back in 1999 we were the first company to combine enzymes with our multi-nutrient supplement Total Balance. Since then other companies have followed, but it is only as a token because in order for the enzymes to work in their role of improving the bio-availability of nutrients they must be enteric coated.
So, if you want to maximize your long term health, start as early as you can and use a broad based supplement such as our Total Balance. Also remember that it is never too late to start and start accruing the benefits.