1. Do you REALLY need to take a multivitamin?

    There’s an easy way to ensure you’re covered on ALL your basic nutrients at once.

    And it costs literally pennies a day.

    So naturally, the mainstream is downright livid over this – launching attack… after attack… after attack… on simple, humble, everyday multivitamins.

    Now, they’re at it again.

    They’re out with a new report in the medical journal BMJ that claims multivitamins do pretty much nothing for most healthy people and don’t prevent non-communicable diseases.

    They claim there’s NO reason to take vitamins… NO reason to take minerals… and even NO reason to take fish oil.

    Yep. Not even a Flintstone for you!

    But don’t toss your vitamins yet – because this study only tells PART of the story.

    And when you look at the big picture, you can see why these aren’t just good to have around.

    They can be downright essential!

    What your multivitamin can do for you

    Multivitamins aren’t a disease-beating magic pill, and no one in natural medicine would ever claim that.

    But they fill in the gaps. And when it comes to gaps…

    Nearly EVERYONE is missing out one SOMETHING.

    That’s not my opinion. That’s a fact. The Linus Pauling Institute looked at data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2007-2010 and found that based on diet alone:

    • 3 percent don’t get enough vitamin D
    • 5 percent miss out on vitamin E
    • 2 percent fall short in magnesium
    • 1 percent fail on calcium
    • 43 percent have insufficient vitamin A
    • 9 percent are low in vitamin C

    And many others fall short in potassium, choline, vitamin K and just about ALL of the B vitamins.

    That’s not even the full list!

    Without a thorough test, there’s no way of knowing what you might be missing. And even if you take a test, that’s just a snapshot of one moment in time, and won’t capture the full range of nutrient levels over weeks, months and years.

    So you can either pay big money for frequent blood tests… and feel like a human pincushion to boot… or just assume that you’re among the vast majority of Americans missing SOMETHING.

    The simplest way to correct nearly all of it at once is with a multivitamin.

    These vitamins aren’t going to CURE any single disease.

    But they WILL cover you on the basics – ensuring at the very least a baseline for nutrition to start from, support against common health concerns and maybe even give you an edge in the fight against conditions such as bone loss, mood disorders and immune system issues, all of which have a strong nutritional component.

    Just think of them as smart, broad spectrum nutrient insurance.

    Then, beyond that, work with a doctor who practices integrative or functional medicine to go over your specific risks and what you might need in addition to a multivitamin for complete protection.

  2. Multivitamins cut heart risk in men

    The vitamins that are proven to cut your heart risk

    For much of your life, a multivitamin – whether it was a Flintstones chewable when you were a kid or something a little more substantial today (I hope) – has probably been as much a part of your daily routine as a bedtime prayer.

    Like that prayer, you might not always notice the protection you’re getting from it – but it’s there.

    So today, let’s take a moment to see what’s going on under the hood, because the latest research shows how a humble multivitamin can protect men from today’s leading killer.

    Heart disease is responsible for more deaths than anything else in the nation – and even when you survive a cardiovascular problem, you could suffer for the rest of your life.

    Stroke, for example, is one of today’s leading causes of disability in seniors.

    But men, you can avoid all that just by taking your multivitamin every day!

    Take it for 20 years or more, and your risk of all major cardiovascular problems plunges by a stunning 44 percent.

    And that’s not all the new study finds.

    If you already have heart disease, taking a multivitamin for 12 years or more will cut your risk of death from a heart attack.

    Sound good? You bet it does – because there’s not a drug in the world that can promise that.

    Not statins… not aspirin… not blood pressure meds.

    But your multivitamin can, and as good as that is, I’d like to make it even better – because two key nutrients that AREN’T in your multi can cut your heart risk even further.

    First up is coenzyme Q10, aka CoQ10.

    This stuff is proven to protect the heart on its own, and it can do even better when you take a multi with selenium along with it. A 2012 study, for example, found that taking both CoQ10 and selenium will cut your risk of death from heart disease by more than half.

    Odds are, your multi also contains very little magnesium because it takes up too much room.

    Even supplements that contain only magnesium can look more like horse pills!

    Don’t let the size scare you. A 2013 study from Harvard University found that every 0.2 mmol/L bump in your magnesium levels will slash your risk of heart disease by 30 percent and your risk of ischemic heart disease by 22 percent.

    There are a number of different forms of magnesium out there. I recommend magnesium glycinate, which is gentler on the stomach and more easily used by your body.

  3. Essential vitamins can prevent death from breast cancer

    Taking a multivitamin with minerals could slash your risk of death from breast cancer, according to new research.
  4. Women and the benefits of multivitamins

    Multivitamins can help improve the mood, beat stress, fight fatigue and more, according to new research.
  5. Multivitamins can help beat cancer

    Multivitamins aren't just good for overall health -- they can also cut your risk of cancer, according to the latest long-term research.
  6. Risky vitamins? Don't believe it!

    Common, safe nutrients and ordinary multivitamins are being blamed for everything in the book -- and now, a new study claims any number of vitamins will cause women to die early.

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