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Vitamins and Mineral Supplements 
       It is a common belief that taking vitamins and mineral pills will keep one healthy. Now evidence is slowly accumulating that fruits and vegetables, nature's pills, can not be substituted by any other form. Nature's pills are packed with different nutrients in the right proportions, the natural recommended dose for a healthy body. No natural food is too good or too bad. Each food has its own importance in what they supply to our bodies. The only danger lies in eating only a few natural food items repeatedly.

       More and more research is showing harmful side effects resulting from the use of health food supplements. Dosages are causing more damage than benefit. Even Vitamin E which is considered the super-vitamin anti-oxidant was recently shown in many scientific studies to cause severe side effects. Health specialists argue about correct doses, but that argument comes crashing down when we observe scientific flaws in determining the dosage based on starved animals.

      In 1960, based on scientific research, the NIH recommended smokers to use vitamin A supplements to prevent the harmful effects of tobacco causing cancer. In late 1990s the NIH conducted a study to determine what percentage of smokers were able to prevent cancer by using Vitamin A supplements. They were shocked by what they found. The cancer incidence in smokers was significantly higher in those who took vitamin A supplements than in smokers who did not take the supplements!

       The above incidence is still unexplained; how Vitamin A supplements worked to cause cancer in the study with smokers is still a mystery.

The message we convey to you is not to depend on fragmented and isolated scientific research which may show how something good in theory turns out to be bad for health in the course of time. But we have to carry the burden of that error by damaging our bodies and genes and putting our future generations at risk.

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    We recommend you to consume whole foods that are unrefined, instead of taking toxic supplements. The vitamin and supplement industry is a billion-dollar profiting concern. People are being influenced by them to prescribe to these supplements as getting vitamins and nutrients from food is impossible, or that is what they profess, anyway. These are myths and marketing strategies.

What a joke!

     We refine foods and deplete nutrients and then consume doses of vitamins in the form of pills. What a joke! Man alone has the power to be able to use his intellect; instead man, alone, has managed to create foods that cause disease! The emotional mind, not the intellect, has reigned supreme here. Taste and convenience have won over health.

Supplements or not?

Supplements have the advantage of delivering a suitably active dose but also have several drawbacks. Often polyphenols act with other nutrients and a key example is where polyphenols already present in food slow down the rate of carbohydrate digestion to blunt post‐prandial glucose spikes (Williamson 2013). If taken without food, a supplement would be unable to have any effect on this parameter and so the ideal situation would be to consume the polyphenol with food (i.e. in its natural state). In addition, supplements may have modified bioavailability and can also discourage the consumption of a ‘healthy’ diet in favour of supplementing a poor diet. The use of plant food supplements (botanical supplements) in Europe has been reviewed (Vargas‐Murga et al2011), and in a survey of people from six countries (Finland, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain and the UK), almost 20% of those asked consumed plant food supplements, containing a total of more than 490 different ingredients, with the most common ones being Ginkgo biloba, Oenothera biennis (Evening primrose) and Cynara scolymus (Artichoke) (Garcia‐Alvarez et al2014). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5601283/

Dangerous effects of food supplements - probiotics, polyphenols, antioxidants,  minerals, vitamins etc.

 

The current trend is to ingest food supplements, extracts of foods, herbs at increased levels antioxidants, polyphenols that are high in ORAC values. This is unscientific because it ignores the very homeostasis or balance of the body. In Energy concepts, when we build a hill, we are creating a valley simultaneously. Traditional medicinal methods like Ayurveda and Siddha strike this very balance.

 

The balance between oxidation and antioxidation is believed to be critical in maintaining healthy biological systems. However, our endogenous antioxidant defense systems are incomplete without exogenous originating reducing compounds such as vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids and polyphenols, playing an essential role in many antioxidant mechanisms in living organisms. Therefore, there is a continuous demand for exogenous antioxidants in order to prevent oxidative stress, representing a disequilibrium redox state in favor of oxidation. However, high doses of isolated compounds may be toxic, owing to prooxidative effects at high concentrations or their potential to react with beneficial concentrations of ROS normally present at physiological conditions that are required for optimal cellular functioning. This review aims to examine the double-edged effects of dietary originating antioxidants with a focus on synthetic antioxidants and taking supplements that will be reviewed highlighting that antioxidants at physiological doses are generally safe,.

Exogenous antioxidants—Double-edged swords in cellular redox state

Health beneficial effects at physiologic doses versus deleterious effects at high doses https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2952083/
 
Oxidative stress is damaging and beneficial for the organism, as some ROS are signaling molecules in cellular signaling pathways. The balance between ROS and antioxidants is optimal, as both extremes, oxidative and antioxidative stress, are damaging. Therefore, there is a need for accurate determination of individual's oxidative stress levels before prescribing the supplement antioxidants.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3657405/
 
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Nutritional Countermeasures Targeting Reactive Oxygen Species in Cancer: From Mechanisms to Biomarkers and Clinical Evidence https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3869543/

 

Molecular Strategies for Targeting Antioxidants to Mitochondria: Therapeutic Implications https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4350006/

 

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