A rather extraordinary thing happened this past week. But it slipped by virtually unnoticed by most.
To be fair, it did make it into the news but because it just seemed just so darn obvious…and because it was eclipsed by far flashier stories like the connection between cell phones and cancer…it was essentially glossed over by the media.
In fact, I’m guessing that it barely made more than a blip on your radar screen.
I’m talking about the mainstream’s finally being forced to admit that supplementing with vitamins and minerals is not only not harmful or wasteful but it also can be a powerful and important antiaging tool.
If, as I have been, you’ve been on the receiving end of “well-meaning” comments (and perhaps even some snickering) from friends about your “wasting your money” on supplements, it turns out that you can now have the last laugh…perhaps even literally.
No one would argue with the fact that we need to fuel our bodies with vitamins and minerals in order to live and thrive. But the naysayers ridicule the idea that we may need to supplement our diet in order to get the most out of the nutrients our bodies need. Their argument has always been that unless you live in an undeveloped country in a Third-World situation you get everything you could possibly need in your daily food intake.
But now new research, published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal, says that the mainstream has, frankly, gotten it all wrong.
Researchers from the Nutrition and Metabolism Center at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute in Oakland, California, found evidence that deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals—like selenium and vitamin K for example—show up over time as we age, leading to a whole host of age-related diseases.
For example, the scientists were able to show that when there’s a limited amount of selenium for your body to draw on it compensates on a cellular and tissue level by protecting those selenium-dependent proteins that are considered essential to life and leaving those that are “nonessential” to fend for themselves and suffer the consequences of being unprotected.
Over time, these cumulative vitamin and mineral deficiencies can eventually contribute to a variety of diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and cognitive decline.
The bottom line is that this research should make it clear to even the most hardheaded of the naysayers that everyone interested in counteracting the effects of aging should indeed…at the very least…be taking a good-quality multivitamin every day.
And perhaps if you do you’ll have your snickering anti-vitamin friends eating a bit of crow.