The Role of Nutrition in Disease and Health

Q. What is the simplest thing you can do to prevent cancer and a host of other diseases?

A.  Take a multivitamin! 

Recent research showed a reduction in cancer rates for men by about 8% in a very large long term randomized trial (1). They didn’t even use a particularly effective multivitamin brand, since several studies have looked at absorption of this vitamin being poor when compared to high end vitamins.

So what’s going on with this simple little pill?

There are many severe nutritional diseases that plague most of the world. Deficiencies such as Vitamin A, Iodine, Iron, Zinc and certain B vitamins affect almost 50% of children and pregnant women worldwide. Luckily in the US many of our foods are fortified with those minerals precisely because at one point we had the same problems in our society.

But aside from those highly visible diseases what are we still missing? There is a growing sentiment among healthcare providers that subclinical deficiencies may be the cause of many of our modern day ailments such as chronic fatigue, restlessness, insomnia, rising rates of cardiovascular disease and even cancer.

The foods we eat, the way we process or prepare them and even the time of day can all affect absorption rates. If you’re experiencing any unexplained symptoms of pain, poor function, sleep loss, fatigue or lethargy, consider consulting our doctors at Los Gatos Chiropractic and Wellness Center.

As the old saying goes “You are what you eat” but perhaps even worse is what you don’t eat enough of!

1. Gaziano, J. Journal of the American Medical Association, published online Oct. 17, 2012

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