Vitamin and Mineral Profile

Why we need them
If our foods were the same as those of our ancestors, we would probably not need any extra vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, this is not at all the case. Exhausted soils, fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, pesticides, refrigeration, storage, cooking, lifestyle, the unavoidable pollution of our environment by toxic wastes, the deliberate pollution of tobacco and excessive alcohol, etc, all negatively affect the vitamin and mineral content of our foods and of our bodies.
Although our soils may be exhausted of beneficial minerals, they may be also enriched in heavy or toxic metals, like aluminum, arsenic, lead, mercury, strontium, but also cadmium, cesium, radiation, plastics and detergent breakdown products, and so on - the list is long and depressing. The point is that all pollutants deplete our bodies of nutrients. That is precisely why aside from eating intelligently, we need to take vitamins and minerals. The poor state of our food resources and the excessive pollutants of our environment, leave us no choice. We have to take additional vitamins and minerals.

Example 1: Nutrient adequacy
However, this is not as simple as it sounds. Most lists of vitamins and minerals you see have been compiled for an average or norm, that may bear no relationship to your present health condition, nutritional status or dietary needs. A notable case is the RDAs, the aim of which is to avert nutrient deficiencies. But if, for example, you have a history of cancer in the family, and you also like your hot-dogs or your knackwurst, you may know that you need extra vitamin B6 for fat metabolism. What you may not know is that you also need at least ample amounts of vitamins C and E, well above any RDAs. This is to protect you from the carcinogenic nitrosamines formed in your body, from the nitrous salts placed in all processed meats to prevent botulism, the worst kind of food poisoning that could virtually kill you overnight.

Example 2: Nutrient interactions
Again, if you happen to form kidney stones easily, you may have been advised to cut down on calcium- and oxalate-rich foods. In time a calcium deficiency may develop, which may readily cause a manganese excess. The excess manganese may depress potassium levels, which in turn may allow an excess of sodium to accumulate. These mineral relationships and interactions are real; they are not theoretical considerations.

So although there is no direct link between calcium and sodium, a calcium deficiency may indirectly cause a rise in your blood pressure. If you come from a family with a history of strokes or other blood pressure related disorders, this is not at all an optimistic prospect. What is worse is that it may be difficult to understand the sudden rise in your blood pressure, unless one is fully aware of these nutrient interactions.

Example 3: Other interactions
The problem is that nutrient-nutrient, drug-drug, drug-nutrient, herb-nutrient and herb-drug interactions are many and increasing as we learn more. Thus iron and calcium interfere in each other's absorption, although both are necessary for sound health. Iron supplementation can also reduce the effectiveness of many drugs, like antibiotics, thyroid hormones, heart and blood pressure drugs, etc. Vitamins are poorly absorbed in the presence of certain drugs. On the other hand, tetracycline antibiotics but also quinolones are badly absorbed in the presence of excess calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc, as during supplementation.

The heart stimulant digoxin may threaten your life if taken together with another heart drug called quinidine, but this could also happen if you eat licorice with digoxin. Felodipine, another heart drug may become an agent of ischemic attack if you drink grapefruit juice, but the juice can also cause dangerous arrhythmia if taken together with the antihistamine terfenadine. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors may react with tyramine containing foods such as some cheeses, liver, avocado and Chianti wine and cause very high blood pressure. The trouble is that there are thousands of such interactions, not all of them dangerous, but very frequently counterproductive. And we are only beginning to understand herb interactions.

Our program
We think that now you understand perhaps that it is relatively easy to find out what is the normal complement of vitamins and minerals the average person needs. It is even simpler to take them. But knowing exactly what and how to take it for your particular circumstances, genetic predisposition, family medical history, food choices and eating habits, present lifestyle, and all these things that distinguish you as an individual, is neither easy nor simple. It requires expert knowledge, but also a conscientious effort to examine all the variables involved, and especially their possible interactions. That is precisely what our comprehensive program offers you.


Namely:

  1. Comprehensive measures. The interpretation of the questionnaire you fill, mainly in terms of micro-nutrient imbalances present in your current diet.
  2. Diet. Changes in your diet to accord better with your particular work and lifestyle, and special food preferences and eating habits.
  3. Nutritional supplements. A nutritional supplement program in terms of vitamins and minerals, when and how to take them, so as to avoid objectionable nutrient interactions.

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