Friday, May 3, 2013

More Supplements Shown to Improve Health Status

Okay, so it's not a new study but it's a relevant one, especially when so many scare tactics are used to make people wary of supplements (like recent and totally flawed l-carnitine and ginkgo studies).

The University of California, Berkeley published this study in 2007, "Usage patterns, health, and nutritional status of long-term multiple dietary supplement users: a cross-sectional study." The findings stated that "after adjusting for age, gender, income, education, body mass index that greater degree of supplement use was associated with more favorable concentrations of serum homocysteine, C-reactive protein, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and triglycerides, as well as lower risk of prevalent elevated blood pressure and diabetes." More to the point, more supplements equals better health outcomes.

If you are wondering what the study's supplement users were taking, here's the list:

  1. Multivitamin/Multimineral combo
  2. B Complex
  3. Vitamin C
  4. Vitamin e
  5. Calcium with Vitamin D
  6. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  7. Carotenoids
  8. Flavonoids
  9. Lecithin
  10. Alfalfa
  11. Coenzyme Q-10 
  12. Resveratrol
  13. Glucosamine
  14. Herbal Immune Formulas
The majority of women also took:
  • Gamma Linolenic Acid
  • Probiotics
Men also commonly included:
  • Zinc
  • Garlic
  • Saw Palmetto
  • Soy Protein
Nutrient status basically increased with increasing dietary supplement use. So, more is actually better (as in more different kinds of nutrients--not necessarily mega doses!).

It looks like taking time to count out the capsules and softgels and tablets and be consistent in taking "handfuls" of nutrients each day helps make up for some of the modern stressors and dietary deficiencies. Your body will always use nutrients that are in short supply for essential things like blood clotting (vital to life right here, right now) and postpone things like building bone (which can wait but over times leads to fragile, brittle bones if even small deficiencies occur over many years).