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Vitamins Effectiveness, Never Proved, A Placebo

In Health on March 30, 2013 at 07:13

I have seen elders seeking the Doctor out for Vitamins to treat them for fatigue ;if slightly informed, as the imagine themselves to be,  even ask for B12.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K

 

What is basic is that the necessary Vitamins for the Body comes from the natural foods, like Vitamin D from Sunlight ,C from Lemon,Citrus Group,B from Milk, liver, eggs, peanuts,A from Carrots.

 

Vitamins from Natural food.

Vitamins from Natural food.

Follow the Link at the end of the post.

 

This has been taught to us in the school.

 

Yet there is a craze for Vitamin Tablets and injections and Doctors oblige, even unasked for the get their commission from the Pharmaceutical Companies.

 

Has the efficacy of the Vitamins , especially B12 , been proved?

 

The answer is No.

 

Vitamins are not Effective.

 

‘Primary-care practitioners have been fielding such requests about this reputedly potent fatigue-fighter for at least a half-century. So you would think the revitalizing properties of vitamin B12 for healthy individuals would be well established by now. Well, think again. And you might also be surprised by how many people truly are vitamin B12 deficient.

The oversized reputation of vitamin B12 probably stems from long-ago research at Boston City Hospital that established the vitamin’s importance in relieving the fatigue associated with pernicious anemia, a disease that impairs the absorption of vitamin B12 from food.

The injectable red liquid quickly gained a reputation as a magic antidote for everyday fatigue in otherwise healthy people with normal vitamin B12 blood levels. This belief has persisted despite the lack of good scientific evidence for its use as an all-purpose energizer. In 1985 a National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey recorded about 2.5 million vitamin B12 injections, of which less than 400,000 were for diagnoses compatible with B12 deficiency disorders…

It wasn’t until 1973 that the first randomized controlled clinical trial—involving 29 subjects and lasting only six weeks—took place. The participants, all with normal vitamin B12 blood levels, were given either a twice-weekly dose of the vitamin or a placebo for two weeks, followed by a rest period of two weeks, and a final two-week phase in which the vitamin and placebo recipients were secretly switched.

The study was flawed because only the group that received the vitamin first was analyzed. No statistical differences were noted in appetite, sleep patterns, and fatigue, but those initially given vitamin B12 were “happier” and “felt better.”

In another small randomized controlled study from 1989, five people with chronic fatigue syndrome were given a mixture of liver extract, folic acid, and B12, or a placebo, at different phases of the month-long study. Their fatigue levels were the same regardless of which phase they were in.

The role of vitamin B12 has been much better established as replacement therapy for people who are really deficient in the vitamin, which is essential for DNA synthesis, red blood cell development, peripheral nerve integrity, and cognitive function. B12 is not made in our bodies and can be obtained only from animal proteins (or artificially fortified grains). Once it’s ingested, stomach acid is necessary to pry it from food, after which the vitamin combines with something called intrinsic factor, a substance made in the stomach, before eventually being absorbed in the small intestine.”

Vitamin Chart.

Natural Food like Egg,Milk,Carrots, Rice/Wheat Bran,Lemon , Citrus Fruits,Peanuts,Whole Grains, Spinach,Lentils,Green leafy Vegetables.

 

This is the Link for details.

 http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/guide/vitamins-and-minerals-good-food-sources#

Information Source for Vitamin Study.

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/02/vitamin-b12-cure-all-or-placebo/index.htm?EXTKEY=NE33000H

 

Please remember that Natural food is safe and effective.

 

Artificial Vitamins and excess of Vitamins in the body may lead to serious consequences to your Health.

 

Diet Facts and Popular Misconceptions.

In Health on October 5, 2011 at 09:47

Some popular misconception of Dieting  are detailed here.

Taking MultiVitamin

There is some evidence to suggest that taking a daily multivitamin may actually aid weight loss. Several studies have shown that dieters who take a multivitamin either lose more weight or feel less hungry than those who take a placebo. Nutrition experts think that when you’re low on certain vitamins and minerals, your appetite revs up, encouraging you to eat more and replenish those missing nutrients. Keeping those nutrients at healthy levels with a multivitamin may then help stave off extra appetite. Although it’s best to get your vitamins and minerals through food, eating fewer calories may cause some dieters to become deficient. So cover your bases with a multivitamin.’ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eatingwell/easy-ways-to-lose-weight_b_985117.html?ref=mostpopular

I understand from experienced Doctors that multivitamin may not really contribute in any way to your Health and they are rejected by the Body and thrown out.

You may notice that when you take Greens/iron Tablets, stools appear green.It is the excess of  Greens/iron expelled by the body.

In the case of Vitamin, you will notice the same and while passing urine notice change in color and smell of the medicine.

Any source other than Natural Source is not good and even then excess of vitamin is not accepted by the body.

‘In 2006 the National Institutes of Health convened an expert panel to examine the available evidence on nutrient supplements.

This review concluded that “Most of the studies we examined do not provide strong evidence for beneficial health-related effects of supplements taken singly, in pairs, or in combinations of three or more.” They noted that multivitamins could provide health benefits to some groups of people, such as postmenopausal women, but that there was “disturbing evidence of risk” in other groups, such as smokers. The panel’s report concluded that the “present evidence is insufficient to recommend either for or against the use of Multivitamin/Mineral Supplements by the American public to prevent chronic disease.”.. Similarly, a 2006 report for the United States Department of Health and Human Servicesconcluded that “regular supplementation with a single nutrient or a mixture of nutrients for years has no significant benefits in the primary prevention of cancer, cardiovascular disease, cataract, age-related macular degeneration or cognitive decline.”However, the report noted that multivitamins have beneficial effects in people with poor nutritional status, vitamin D and calcium can help prevent fractures in older people, and that zinc and antioxidants can help prevent age-related macular degeneration in people at a high risk of developing this disease. In 2007 the United Kingdom Food Standards Agency published an updated set of recommendations for eating a healthy diet. The recommendations stated that pregnant women should take extra folic acid and iron and that older people might need extra vitamin D and iron. However, the report advised that “Vitamin and mineral supplements are not a replacement for good eating habits” and stated that supplements are unnecessary for healthy adults who eat a balanced diet. One study from 2008 found that multivitamin use had no effect on prevention of lung cancer. Participants in this observational study had been taking multivitamin supplements for an average of 10 years, and this use appeared to have no effect on the prevention of lung cancer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multivitamin#Evidence_of_little_or_no_benefit_.28neutral.29

Drink lots of Water at least Two liters a day. It is advisable to take half a liter of water on an empty stomach in the morning.It removes toxicity in the body. Buying cut up,vegetables and storing in the fridge is not healthy. Buy fresh Vegetables, clean them with skin on and use immediately.

Preferable to take leafy vegetables and greens.

Take more of Fiber rich foods to ensure smooth bowel movement and prevent the occurrence of piles.

Taking of calcium tablets,  energy Drinks, Vitality tablets and Tonics are to be avoided.

Exercises for slimming have negligible impact in thinning.

‘ More and more research in both the UK and the US is emerging to show that exercise has a negligible impact on weight loss. That tri-weekly commitment to aerobics class? Almost worthless, as far as fitting into your bikini is concerned.The Mayo Clinic, a not-for-profit medical research establishment in the US, reports that, in general, studies “have demonstrated no or modest weight loss with exercise alone” and that “an exercise regimen… is unlikely to result in short-term weight loss beyond what is achieved with dietary change.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/sep/19/exercise-dieting-public-health

Some Doctors prescribe minimum time to be spent  on Walking,normally an hour daily.

This can not be taken as a general Rule.

Walk only to the extent you can.

There is also a misconception unless you walk in the open it may not be effective.

Women spend more time in walking at Home while   doing Household chores.in fact they might be doing it more than what is required.

Open air walking helps you get fresh air(?)

Never go to a slimming Club or liposuction.

In fact my brother’s daughter died of this.

Science has not yet determined why people become fat or obese.

It might be due ti genes.

Best is to eat less,use natural Food and do have an active Lifestyle , not a sedentary one.

 

 

 

Health- BMI (Body Mass Index) -Health parameters Online.

In Health on August 26, 2011 at 23:36

Simplified graph of body mass index

Image via Wikipedia

You can check your Body Mass Index online by clicking the Link.

Good site for Health/F

ood Parameter Calculations.

http://www.livehealthclub.com/calc/emlbmi.php?frm=update_bmi&utm_source=member&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=update_bmi

http://www.webmd.com/diet/calc-bmi-plus?ecd=wnl_wlw_120311

Body Mass Index(BMI),

  • Waist-to-Height RatioBody shape (determined by Waist-to-Height Ratio) is often considered to be the best indicator of health related to weight.
  • RMR – Resting Metabolic RateThe number of calories you burn if you do nothing all day.
  • Healthy Body Weight RangeThe range with the least risk of weight-related health problems.
  • Daily Caloric IntakeThe recommended number of calories from food/drinks to meet your weight goals.
  • Target Heart RateThe heart rate needed to achieve maximum exercise results.

All these parameters which indicate your general health can be found at the above sites.

Foods that Fight Cancer.

In Health on February 6, 2011 at 22:37

Be a vegetarian,avoid fast/Junk Food,eat two meals and a heavy breakfast and have a good sleep.

Eschew Tobacco, Drinks and intoxicants,

Some of the healthiest foods in the world are actually very, very cheap. Planet Green lists a number of foods that are great for your body but won’t break the budget:

Kale

It’s loaded with vitamin C, vitamin B, and calcium, and costs just over a dollar a bunch.

Broccoli and Cabbage

These low-cost cruciferous vegetables neutralize toxins in your liver.

Winter Squash

It’s just a few dollars a pound, it’s a good source of vitamin B6 and folate.

Sweet Potatoes

They’re full of fiber, protein, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

Adzuki Beans

Adzuki beans contain some of the highest levels of protein of any variety of beans, and they also contain high levels of potassium, fiber, B vitamins, iron, zinc, and manganese.

Black Beans

These are a good source of folate, dietary fiber, manganese, protein, magnesium, vitamin B1 (thiamin), phosphorus, and iron.

Sunflower Seeds

Raw sunflower seeds contain 76 percent of the RDA for vitamin E.

Almonds

Almonds are good for heart health and loaded with vitamin E.

To see the rest of their cheap superfood selections, along with a recipe for each food, click on the link below.

Sources:

Health Starts with Your Diet

Your body was designed to maintain equilibrium of health, and one of the basic cornerstones is your diet. Unfortunately, most Americans are flat out delusional about what constitutes healthy eating.

When you’re misinformed about what foods are actually healthy, then even the strictest adherence to your diet will get you nowhere.

I think part of the problem is that a lot of people do not understand what “processed food” means. They keep thinking they’re eating healthy because they leave the lettuce on their Big Mac’s, and they choose vitamin water over soda and eat microwaved veggies with their dinner…

One key aspect of eating healthy is eating non-adulterated foods—foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. If you do that, then basically everything you eat is a “superfood.” You need nutrients—all of them—and nutrients are found in abundance in fresh, raw foods.

Still, lists like the one by Planet Green above, and mine below, can be helpful to steer you in the right direction. Just remember that broccoli, for example, will likely not be a superfood any longer if you buy the pre-packaged, sauced-up variety that comes in a microwaveable bag… Ditto for canned health foods like beans and vegetables, and irradiated and pasteurized almonds.

In order for any of these foods to impart the health benefits you’d expect, they must be eaten as close to their natural state as possible. If you don’t understand (and implement) this key point, you’ll never experience the truth of your diet being your number one health insurance policy.

Eating for Your Personal Biochemistry

Another important factor is that we all have different nutritional needs. Everyone needs the basic nutrients of fats, protein and carbohydrates, but the ratio of these will vary from person to person based on their personal biochemistry, or simply “nutritional type.”

There is no one-size-fits-all diet—even if you’re only eating healthy foods.

A simple way to ascertain how well-suited your diet is for your constitution is to evaluate how you feel after eating. If you feel hungry, irritable, sleepy or sluggish after you eat, it’s a sign that you’re likely not giving your body the fuel that it needs to do its job properly.

I outline the details of nutritional typing in my book Take Control of Your Health, but I’m pleased to now also be able to provide the entire online nutritional typing program for free to everyone. We’ve previously charged $29 for this program that we’re now offering free of charge. It’s such an important factor, I urge you to take advantage of this offer to improve your health.

Take a fresh salad, for instance. On the surface, this is a healthy meal. Yet, the same salad is not ideal for everyone. Your body may do best with some chicken, olive oil and onions added. Or you may feel better by adding some grass-fed steak, and using spinach instead of lettuce.

Additionally, while vegetables have potent medicinal qualities, the amount and type of vegetables you should eat daily will also depend on your nutritional type.

For example, Swiss chard, as well as collard greens, kale, and regular lettuces are typically too high in potassium for protein types and will tend to cause biochemical imbalances, whereas these veggie varieties are on the recommended list for carbohydrate types. Protein types tend to do better with vegetables that are lower in potassium, such as cauliflower, green beans, spinach, asparagus, mushrooms, and celery.

So, although some foods may not be deemed a “superfood” in general, if they’re right for your constitution, then they are superfoods for you (again, provided they’re not processed or cooked into oblivion).

Once you know which foods your body needs (and which you do better without), you will truly be on the road to increased energy, an upbeat mood, and a decreased risk of chronic disease. In short, you’ll be on your way to reaching optimal health.

Diet as “Health Insurance

While the Green Planet article above focuses on nutrient-dense foods that are easy on the pocketbook, I want to redirect your attention here to foods rich in nutrients that can help stave off a majority of health problems—foods that really give you lots of value. Some of these foods would not make the ‘Most Inexpensive’ list, but their value to your health is tremendous.

As I’ve discussed on numerous occasions, one of the primary risk factors of diseases of all kinds is chronic inflammation in your body. Low inflammation levels and a strong immune system typically go hand in hand, and together these two factors lay the groundwork for robust health.

Some of the foods below are both inexpensive and highly nutritious while others do cost a bit more but can go a long way toward healing your body of chronic inflammation and boosting your immune system naturally, without resorting to either supplements or drugs.

Some of these foods are also excellent detoxing agents, which is yet another important factor to consider as most of us are exposed to toxic chemicals on a daily basis, even when we actively try to avoid them.

Optimal Health “Superfoods” that Harness the Innate Power of Your Immune System and Quench Inflammation

Unpasteurized grass-fed milk — Raw organic milk from grass-fed cows contains both beneficial fats and bacteria that boost your immune system. An outstanding source of vitamin A, zinc, and enzymes, raw organic milk is not associated with any of the health problems of pasteurized milk such as rheumatoid arthritis, skin rashes, diarrhea and cramps. Although raw milk availability is limited in the US, depending on where you live, you can locate the source closest to you at RealMilk.com.

Whey protein — Even if you don’t have access to raw milk, you can use a high-quality whey protein derived from the milk of grass-fed cows to receive much of the same health benefits. Whey protein contains beta-glucans and immunoglobulins, which protect your immune system and support your body’s natural detoxification processes.

Fermented foods — If you are serious about boosting your immunity, then adding traditionally fermented food is essential. One of the most healthful fermented foods is kefir — an ancient cultured, enzyme-rich food full of friendly microorganisms that balance your “inner ecosystem” and strengthen immunity. Besides kefir, other good fermented foods include natto, kimchee, miso, tempeh, pickles, sauerkraut, and olives.

Raw organic eggs from free-range chickens – Raw, free-range eggs made it to my 2008 list of the 10 Healthiest Foods Under $1, and they’re still an inexpensive and amazing source of high-quality nutrients that many people are deficient in, especially high-quality protein and fat. A single egg contains:

  • Nine essential amino acids.
  • Six grams of the highest quality protein you can put in your body. Proteins are nutrients that are essential to the building, maintenance and repair of your body tissues such as your skin, internal organs and muscles. They are also the major components of your immune system and hormones.
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin (for your eyes).
  • Choline for your brain, nervous- and cardiovascular systems.
  • Naturally occurring  B12

And as long as you have a good source for fresh, organic eggs, you need not worry about salmonella if you choose to eat them raw. To find free-range pasture farms, try your local health food store, or go to http://www.eatwild.com orhttp://www.localharvest.org.

Grass-fed beef or organ meats – Grass-fed beef is very high in vitamins A, B12 and E, omega-3 fats, beta carotene, zinc and the potent immune system enhancer CLA (conjugated linoleic acid, a fatty acid). But don’t confuse “organic” with grass-fed, since many organically raised cows are still fed organic corn, which you don’t want. However, most grass-fed cows are raised organically.

Coconut oil — Besides being excellent for your thyroid and your metabolism, coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which converts in your body to monolaurin – a compound also found in breast milk that strengthens a baby’s immunity.

Its medium chain fatty acids, or triglycerides (MCT’s) also impart a number of health benefits, including raising your body’s metabolism and fighting off pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and fungi. Additionally, a very exciting and recent discovery is that coconut oil may serve as a natural treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, as MCT’s are also a primary source of ketone bodies, which act as an alternate source of brain fuel that can help prevent the brain atrophy associated with dementia.

Make sure you choose an organic coconut oil that is unrefined, unbleached, made without heat processing or chemicals, and does not contain GM ingredients.

Berries – Blueberries and raspberries rate very high in antioxidant capacity compared to other fruits and vegetables. They are also lower in sugar than many other fruits. Other good ones include natural cranberries, which have five times the antioxidant content of broccoli, and have been found to decrease total cholesterol and LDL (bad cholesterol) levels in animal studies. Unsweetened cranberry juice has also been traditionally used to successfully treat urinary tract infections.

Broccoli – Broccoli is also on Green Planet’s list, and for good reason. This humble vegetable is indeed a superfood with near miraculous powers of healing and disease prevention. It contains the highest amount of isothiocyanates, a cancer-fighting compound, of all the crunchy vegetables. Isothiocynates work by turning on cancer-fighting genes and turning off others that feed the disease.

Other vegetables containing isothiocyanate include:

  • Brussel sprouts
  • cauliflower
  • cabbage
  • arugula
  • watercress
  • horseradish

Research has shown that eating cruciferous vegetables can significantly reduce your risk of breast, bladder, lung and prostate cancer. Best of all, you don’t need to eat massive amounts of these veggies to take advantage of their health benefits. Studies have shown that just 10 spears a week (5 servings) can make a difference in your health.

Chlorella – A superfood if there ever was one, chlorella is a single-cell freshwater algae that acts as an efficient detoxification agent by binding to toxins (most of which promote chronic inflammation), such as mercury, and carrying them out of your system. The chlorophyll in the chlorella helps you process more oxygen, cleanses your blood and promotes the growth and repair of your tissues. (For more information, please see my interview with expert, Ginny Banks.)

Tea – As for beverages, clean pure water is a must for optimal health, but if you want another beverage, a good choice with added health benefits is high quality herbal teas.

Matcha tea is the most nutrient-rich green tea and comes in the form of a stone-ground powder, completely unfermented. The best Matcha comes from Japan and has up to 17 times the antioxidants of wild blueberries, and seven times more than dark chocolate. Tulsi is another tea loaded with antioxidants and other micronutrients that support immune function and heart health.

Is Organic Worth the Price?

Last but not least, when shopping for fresh foods, do you have to buy everything organic?

I’ve noted a few instances in my list above where organic is essential, such as when buying eggs, dairy products (including milk, yoghurt, cheese and butter) and meats. Ideally, you’ll want these to come from free-range, grass-fed animals that have been raised organically. If you can’t afford to buy everything organic, focus your attention on these instead of organic vegetables. They will actually give you the greatest health benefits for your money.

This is because conventionally-raised animal foods, which are given pesticide-laced feed, tend to have higher concentrations of pesticides. Non-organic meats can have up to five times more pesticides than non-organic vegetables! Conventionally-raised animal products also contain inferior nutrition.

That said, most fruits and vegetables contain unacceptable and unsafe levels of pesticides, so it’s a wise choice to buy organic produce as often as you can. Alternatively, and perhaps even preferably, look for fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables that are in season, as oftentimes locally grown foods are raised according to organic standards at a more affordable price.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/01/31/15-superfoods-for-under-20-stocking-your-pantry-on-the-cheap.aspx


Complan-‘Growing Tall Ad’ and what the company says

In Advertising, Health on February 3, 2011 at 16:23

The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration has taken Heinz India to court over an advertisement for its health drink Complan. The advertisement claims the drink can add two inches to a child’s height. The FDA chargesheet, naming seven officials of Heinz India, calls it an exaggerated advertisement. In an email response, Heinz India officials said, “We are not aware of any such complaint having been filed. We stand by our claim and would defend the same with appropriate research study.”

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/tall-claims-in-complans-ad-challenged/126296-3.html?from=rhs

This is what the Company has to say about its product.

Note the company is careful enough  not to specify specific properties.

Just to escape the law.

These ads should be banned.

Not a bad idea to have a mechanism to verify claims of manufacturers before they advertise.

http://www.complan.com/complan.php

About Complan
Complan has been established around the world as a trusted provider of nutritional supplements for more than 50 years.

Complan was first developed by Glaxo in the 1950s as a powdered food for use in hospitals. When reconstituted with water, it provided all essential nutrients and could be fed to patients through a tube, as well as by mouth. Its name is derived from COMplete PLANned nutrition.

Following its success in the hospital environment, Complan developed as a product suitable for outpatient care and eventually became available for purchase in pharmacies and shops.

Complan has continued to develop over the years. Flavoured varieties were first introduced in the 1970s and the range has since expanded and also includes savoury varieties. By 1985, nutritional thinking had advanced and Complan was again reformulated to reflect this. The quantity and type of fat content was revised in line with a Department of Health report on diet and cardiovascular disease.

All Complan sold in the UK is manufactured in the UK. There are variations in product make-up and methods of manufacture around the world. But wherever it is made, Complan consistently offers balanced nutrition in line with local nutritional requirements. [ how to buy ]

Today Complan is focused on providing nutrition products suitable for all members of the family, through three core products: Complan ( balanced nutrition for the family), Casilan ( higher protein for sports performance and illness recovery) and Com

clinical malnutrition).

 

 

Complan » for weight management » gaining weight

Complan is a trusted, fortified nutrition supplement, providing protein and energy, packed with 24 vitamins and minerals that you need in your daily diet, or add it to your food to increase your intake . You can drink Complan between meals to give you a nutritional boost, to help you build your weight back up

A single serving of Complan made with water provides 250 calories – the equivalent to a light meal. And if Complan is mixed with semi-skimmed milk, a single serving provides 340 calories. Made with whole milk Complan provides 380 calories.

So why not try adding one or two Complan drinks to your diet between meals today and build your weight back up?

http://www.complan.com/complan_weightgain.php

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