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MEGAVITAMIN MYTH-BUSTING – ORTHOMOLECULAR MEDICINE NEWS ON VITAMINS

Fred Liers PhD megavitamin myth busting orthomolecular vitamins andrew saul omnsAs the year draws to a close, it is a good time to reflect on the past year, as well as to look forward to the New Year with respect to one’s health goals. This includes assessing your nutritional supplement regimen. There is more confusion about nutritional supplements than ever. With this in mind, we present “Megavitamin Myth-Busting” from Andrew W. Saul, PhD and Helen Saul Case from the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service to clear confusion about vitamins and other nutritional supplements, and set the record straight. Enjoy! ~

MEGAVITAMIN MYTH-BUSTING

Commentary by Andrew W. Saul and Helen Saul Case

(Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, Dec 23, 2019)

People are so confused about endless internet vitamin legends. Now it’s time to be blunt and set the record straight.

The media says that taking vitamins will kill me. Is that so? NO.

 

It’s been said that the FDA does not regulate nutritional supplements. Is that true? NO. “FDA regulates both finished dietary supplement products and dietary ingredients.” [U.S. Food and Drug Administration, http://www.fda.gov/Food/DietarySupplements/ ]

 

I have heard that “vitamin supplements are useless” and that “supplements do not prevent or cure disease, and they do not help you live longer.” Is that accurate? NO.
http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/index.shtml

 

I get enough vitamins from my diet. NO, you don’t.
http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v01n03.shtml

 

Aren’t foods a more economical vitamin source than supplements? NO.
http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v09n32.shtml

 

Should I really stop all vitamin supplements for a week (or more) prior to surgery? NO.
http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v11n07.shtml

 

Do I need special vitamin preparations for my body to absorb them? NO. With vitamins, there is usually no absorption issue. All animals need and absorb nutrients, including vitamins. If they didn’t, they’d be long extinct. The surface area of your small intestine, if all the nooks and crannies were flatted out, would be half the size of a regulation basketball court. There is ample opportunity for nutrient absorption.

 

Doesn’t taking vitamins just make expensive urine? NO.
http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v04n21.shtml

 

VITAMIN C

 

Does vitamin C causes kidney stones? NO.
http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v09n05.shtml

 

Does vitamin C interfere with chemotherapy? NO, vitamin C actually enhances chemotherapy.
http://www.doctoryourself.com/Cancer_Why_IV_C.html and
http://www.doctoryourself.com/chemo.html

 

I have heard that ascorbic acid is not really vitamin C. Is that true? NO.
http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v09n27.shtml and
http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v05n10.shtml

 

Will vitamin C from a genetically modified (GMO) source hurt me? NO.
http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v09n27.shtml

 

Does the acidity of ascorbic acid vitamin C destroy probiotics? NO.
http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v09n27.shtml

 

If I take too much vitamin C during pregnancy, will it cause a miscarriage? NO, vitamin C is highly protective of your developing baby.
http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v10n06.shtml

 

Does taking too much vitamin C during pregnancy causes infantile rebound scurvy? NO.
http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v14n12.shtml

 

Is liposomal vitamin C as good as intravenous vitamin C? NO.
https://www.youtube.com/embed/04cOSwZ43II?autoplay=1

 

Will I get to much sodium from taking sodium ascorbate vitamin C? NO, says cardiologist Thomas Levy, MD, JD.
http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v14n12.shtml

 

Does G6PD mean no supplemental vitamin C? NO. The Riordan Clinic has administered 15,000 mg vitamin C by IV to G6PD patients without harm.
http://www.doctoryourself.com/RiordanIVC.pdf

 

But since Linus Pauling died from cancer, didn’t he fail to benefit from all the vitamin C he took? NO.
http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v06n24.shtml

 

VITAMIN A

 

Some persons have a genetic trait that makes it more difficult for them to convert dietary carotene into active vitamin A. Does this mean they must take preformed oil retinol A? NO. Even a poor converter can still make sufficient vitamin A from carotene if they eat lots of fruits and vegetables . . . which we should all be doing anyway.

 

Does beta carotene cause cancer? NO. (But cigarettes do.)
http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v04n09.shtml and
http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v04n23.shtml

 

B VITAMINS

 

Does niacin hurt the liver? NO.
http://www.doctoryourself.com/news/v4n21.html and
http://www.doctoryourself.com/niacin.html

 

Is niacin clinically incompatible for people with methylation issues? NO. Theoretically, perhaps. But Dr. Abram Hoffer, the world’s most experienced niacin physician, has said it is not clinically significant.

 

Aren’t B-vitamins so poorly absorbed that they need to be methylated? NO. Comparing their molecular weights with the simplest of all sugars, we find:

Glucose (C6H12O6) weighs 180 grams/mole
Niacin (C6H5NO2) weighs 123 g/mol
Pyridoxine 169 g/mol
Pantothenic acid 219 g/mol
Biotin 244 g/mol
Thiamin 265 g/mol
Riboflavin 376 g/mol
Folic acid or folate 441 [Methylated may be better. However: 1) See: Bailey LB. Dietary reference intakes for folate: the debut of dietary folate equivalents. Nutr Rev. 1998;56(10):294-299. And 2) The Linus Pauling Institute says: “Unmetabolized folic acid concentrations returned to baseline levels at the end of the study, suggesting that adaptive mechanisms eventually converted folic acid to reduced forms of folate.”
Cobalamin 1,355 g/mol [methylated is probably better in this case]

 

MAGNESIUM

 

I get plenty of magnesium in my diet! NO, you probably don’t.
http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v13n22.shtml and
http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v12n20.shtml

 

VITAMIN E

 

Is vitamin E dangerous? NO. The safety record of all forms of vitamin E is exceptionally good.
http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v07n11.shtml

 

VITAMIN K

 

Do I need to consume vitamin K-2 because K-1 in foods is ineffective? NO. Your body will make the conversion for you. John Cannell, MD, writes that the conversion “occurs through an intermediary molecule, vitamin K3, which is made in the intestine from vitamin K1. [Hirota Y, et al. J Biol Chem. 2013 Sep 30.] “[M]odern humans are deficient in K2 because they do not eat large quantities of vitamin K1 containing foods. If we look at Paleolithic humans, they probably got high amount of vitamin K2 from eating large quantities of kale and spinach-like foods, very high in K1, which then supplied their tissues with all the vitamin K2 they needed. [A]s far as getting enough vitamin K2, the best thing to do is eat your greens.”

VITAMIN D

I drink milk, and I spend time in the sunshine. Don’t I get plenty of vitamin D? NO. If your shadow is longer than you are, you are not making vitamin D from sunlight, says William Grant, PhD. Thus, little vitamin D is made by your body in the six colder months of the year. This is also true in the summer months if only exposed to sun mornings and afternoons.
http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v07n07.shtml

 

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(Andrew W. Saul, OMNS founder and Editor-in-Chief, has coauthored four books with Abram Hoffer, MD, and is editor of the textbook The Orthomolecular Treatment of Chronic Disease. OMNS Assistant Editor Helen Saul Case is the author of The Vitamin Cure for Women’s Health Problems, Vitamins & Pregnancy: The Real Story, and Orthomolecular Nutrition for Everyone.)

 

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Rejuvenate!™ Superfoods in Pregnancy, Nursing, and Early Childhood

By the time I became pregnant in 2007, I had already been taking original Rejuvenate!™ daily for nine months. I could feel the difference in my energy and overall health, as did others to whom I recommended the product. I took two or more scoops (24 g) of original Rejuvenate along with Rejuvenate PRO, which had just become available.

I experienced amazing health during my pregnancy eating an 80% raw, vegetarian diet, which is what I craved. I had a home birth that was under four hours and went incredibly well, especially for a first birth. I attribute this to my optimal state of health, meditation, and listening to my body. When Rejuvenate!™ Plus became available, I began adding that to my diet, giving some variety to my protein intake, along with all the other wonderful nutrients it provides.

When my son was six months old, I began giving him a small amount of chlorella mixed with applesauce. He would eat about a half a teaspoon or more a day. When he was about nine months old, I felt that the chia seeds in the original Rejuvenate! would not be a problem, so I switched from giving him chlorella to original Rejuvenate!. I added about a teaspoon of original Rejuvenate to a serving either of applesauce, or pureed banana or yam.

Rejuvenate! Plus became available when he was about twelve months old. He is now 2 1/2 years old. For more than a year, he has been drinking six to eight ounces of rice milk and water with a scoop of Rejuvenate! Plus, at least twice daily, as his main ‘milk.’ He also requests limeade made with one scoop original Rejuvenate, one freshly squeezed lime, and about a teaspoon grade B organic maple syrup in eight ounces of water.

As he’s primarily a vegetarian baby, I’ve never been concerned about his protein intake since he has two or three scoops of Rejuvenate Plus (or a combination of Rejuvenate products) every day. Even when he is a picky eater, which sometimes happens at his age, I know he is getting good nutrition when he drinks his ‘milk,’ which he loves and never goes without.

He is amazingly bright, has a glowing complexion, and lots of energy compared to his peers. His height is within the norms for his age, yet he is very solid, and people are always surprised he is heavier than he appears. Being a social child, he’s had his share of sniffles, but they are never intense or long lasting. The difference between his version of a ‘cold’ and those of his peers who have lesser nutrition and consume dairy is quite dramatic.

I recommend Rejuvenate Plus to other mothers for their children (and themselves!) and have heard that it makes an immediate difference in the child’s energy level, and over time, in learning and general health. Introducing these types of foods at a later age can require some creativity. One mother finally was able to get her eight-year-old daughter to drink Rejuvenate Plus mixed in orange juice. Another mother of a three-year-old child puts just a very small amount in rice milk. Regardless of how it’s taken, the effects are noticeable. Starting with them as first foods will ensure a taste for greens! I’m certain that drinking Rejuvenate superfoods while pregnant and nursing contributed to my son’s love for them, and I am quite thankful.

Sept 1, 2012 update:

Now that my son is nearly 5 years old, he is still drinking Rejuvenate!™ and lots of it! He has sometimes up to five scoops of primarily Rejuvenate Plus but sometimes a combination of the other flavors. He is still very strong and active, and seems to require less sleep than some of his friends. He has not had any significant illnesses that have gone through the community, and I am thankful that I can use Berries & Herbs to boost his immune system during those times. Most importantly though, I know that he is getting top nutrition!

Additional Resources

Read the Pregnancy Suggested Supplement & Activity Schedule in the HPDI Health Recommendations Index.

Read our Rejuvenate!™ Side-by-Side Product Comparison table.

Olson, Cathe. Simply Natural Baby Food: Easy Recipes for Delicious Meals Your Infant and Toddler Will Love. Goco Publications, 2003. These recipes not only provide truly health meals, but also lend themselves for use with Rejuvenate!™ superfoods. It is easy to incorporate these recipes into a rejuvenation lifestyle for the entire family!

Click here for more information about REJUVENATE!™ superfoods.