Sunday, April 20, 2014

Multivitamins are Bogus!

New studies fro John's Hopkins University prove that multivitamins do not work! The study said that multivitamins do not work because even though you are getting a wide array of vitamins, the dosages in them are no where near therapeutic levels.  So you are getting the illusion of "I am doing the best I can for myself by taking this multivitamin because it has a lot of vitamins and what do I know about vitamins anyway".  If that's what you are going for, then you are just fooling yourself.  The fact is that vitamin supplementation has come a long way and vitamins should be treated like medicine in my opinion. What do I mean by that? Well, we take prescription drugs to achieve a desired effect. How do drug companies come up with the dosages for the drugs they are peddling?  The answer is clinical trials or as I like to call it "Evidence based medicine". Trial and error eventually leads to an optimal dosage regimen. The same is true for vitamins! Evidence based nutrition is the key. You need to do the research to know what you are getting. For example. There is a product called Statinzyme. It is a combination of 9 different vitamins, enzymes and fatty acids, but what makes it special is that it was developed according to evidence based nutrition.  For example, it is enteric coated which increases the absorption rate of CoQ10 from 3% to virtually 100%.  This has been achieved by ground breaking research from the Linus Pauling Institute. This is just one example of evidence based nutrition. I reccomend Statinzyme to amost all of my patients. But there are exceptions too, since Statinzyme has high levels of fatty acids it can lower someones blood pressure. So if you suffer from low blood pressure, this may be an issue for you.
To make a long story short, do your research and make sure you are the captain of your own health care. It is your body and ultimately you are in charge.  Take time and read the studies! 
Yours Very Truly,
Dr. Paul Faerstein