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Isolated Nutrient Mega Doses Are BAD

Researchers hypothesize that introducing mega doses of isolated nutrients into the body can effectively compromise the body’s immune system. This information is based on understanding the physiological properties of how the immune system functions. An isolated nutrient is lacking its co-factors that allow nutrients to work together as nature intended. An isolated/synthethic nutrient will register as a foreign body within the blood stream of the human body. What happens now?

As the natural defense system of the human body is programmed to work, white blood cells immediately react to detain the foreign body and protect the body from damage. The increase in white blood cell presence, especially on a consistent basis since most people take a synthetic multivitamin pill each day, can cause deterioration in the efficiency of the immune system. (Maybe your “Ah-Ha!” moment) This causes the body to be unable to produce adequate amounts of white blood cells to properly fight off any real threat that may enter the body. As evidenced by the Harvard Medical School Special Health Report of 2008, a shift in the need for proper vitamin and minerals nutrients, in industrialized countries, has now focused on lowering the risk of chronic diseases due to vitamin and mineral deficiencies instead of preventing deficiencies all together (Harvard Medical School, 2008, p. 17).

The surprising conclusion that mega dose, vitamin and mineral supplements can be detrimental to the body was released from the Harvard Men’s Journal Watch in 2008 and since then others have joined the research party. Harvard Men’s Journal stated that “between 1997 and 2003 five different studies were conducted and linked to multivitamin use, particularly folic acid, and concluded that high doses were not required to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer ("Multivitamins", 2008, p. 3)."

As a matter of fact, the test group that was consuming the additional multivitamin pills was 67% more likely to have problems with their colons, concluded after appropriate testing. Further evidence supports that taking isolated supplements could possibly be more harmful to the human body than helpful. Additional evidence was concluded within the same report proximities that antioxidants, which currently have a very large following, could actually do more harm to the human body than good in large, over-exaggerated quantities. They used beta carotene as an example stating, “excess amounts of beta carotene increased the risk of lung cancer in male smokers; excess vitamin A is linked to an increased risk of fractures; and [high ORAC count] antioxidant supplements may increase the overall death rate in adults ("Multivitamins", p. 2)."

Some of these statements are nothing short of shocking. It is a little funny to think about that last statement too when we look back at our topic: whole foods. It’s virtually impossible to eat too many whole foods where it becomes potentially hazardous to your health. Think about it; you can’t eat so many fresh, whole food blueberries that you’re putting WAY too many antioxidants into your system. With the amount you’d have to eat, you’d get sick first and probably lose your cookies before even getting close. So once again, this just proves that making whole food choices to meet the nutritional needs of your body is far better than pumping it full of synthetic elements that the body doesn’t even recognize as useful.

References:

Harvard Medical School. (2008). Healthy Eating: A guide to the new nutrition. Retrieved from www.health.harvard.edu.
Multivitamins and your health: A reappraisal. (Cover story). Harvard Men’s Health Watch. 2008; 12:1-4.

 
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