Use this section to ask Ladd McNamara questions about nutritional supplements, and check back often for the replies to other people's questions. (Please do not ask questions regarding any person's medical condition, or as to what to take for any specific problem. You must discuss personal medical conditions with your own doctor. Nutritional supplements are part of an overall health program. This is only for questions pertaining to the function and importance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids as they pertain to the cellular and metabolic functions, and in regard to health in general, as well as what has been published in the medical literature.)
To see an indication of a top quality nutitional supplement brand, please refer to Lyle MacWilliam's book, the Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements, now in it's Fourth Edition: http://www.comparativeguide.com/guides/adultguide.html.
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Did you know that over 30 years of medical research indicates that nutritional supplements; vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids are associated with a decreased risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, respiratory diseases, Alzheimer's disease, osteoporosis, wrinkling, and may even slow the aging process? To keep it simple, it all has to do with oxidation. If you wanted to increase your risk of disease, wrinkling, and accelerate the aging process you would simply need to smoke several packs of cigarettes per day for several decades. The more packs per day you could smoke the more likely you would get a disease. This has to do with more oxidative damage caused by cigarette smoking.
Antioxidants essentially work the opposite of cigarette smoke. They neutralize free radicals in the toxins of smoke that damage cells. Cells being protected from damage are able to maintain health, repair themselves, and stay as young as possible. Healthy cells are by definition not diseased cells. It's almost as if antioxidants are the opposite of cigarettes. This is not really the case; it's only an analogy, but hopefully it gets the point across.
It is true that nutritional supplements, along with a proper diet, exercise, reduced stress, proper sleep, and reduced exposure to environmental toxins can have a very positive influence on many disease processes and promote health. This is NOT to imply that supplements are a cure or a treatment for any disease, but not only do they help promote health in "healthy people," they may exert a positive effect in people suffering from chronic degenerative diseases that are caused and worsened by oxidative damage. The following is NOT to indicate a list of diseases that nutritionals can "cure," but rather how people with such ailments may experience health promotion with proper lifestyle changes, including the use of quality nutritional supplements.
- Arthritis (Rheumatoid and OsteoArthritis)
- AutoImmunne Diseases
- Breast Cancer
- Cardiovascular Disease (Heart Disease)
- Cervical Dysplasia
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrone
- Colon Cancer
- Diabetes (Type 2)
- Insulin Insensitivity
- Lung Cancer
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson's Disease
- Periodontitis (gum disease)
- Prostate - Benign Hypertrophy (Enlargement)
- Prostate Cancer
The purpose of listing the above conditions is not to be complete, but to give the reader the idea that the many diseases may be influenced by a proper diet, exercise, and proper nutritional supplementation. Certainly taking quality nutritional supplements is no guarantee that a person will not develop a disease, ....and certainly everyone will eventually die. However, since many of us are "living too short and dying too long," it is worth doing all we can to reverse this trend.
Please use this opportunity to share your short comments about how quality nutritional supplements have made a difference in your life and health. Please do not mention brand names, or jump to unsubstantiated claims. However, if you feel your experience with quality nutritional supplements is significant please feel free to share it here.
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