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Many Multivitamins Don’t Have Claimed Nutrients

By Linda Carroll
updated 6/20/2011 7:22:53 PM ET

Correction: An earlier version of this story did not make clear that the ingredients in the  Hero Nutritionals Yummi Bears are in compliance with the Daily Value standards set by the federal Food and Drug Administration. ConsumerLab instead evaluated the supplement using the more recent standards established by the Institute of Medicine for upper tolerable limits. Dr. Tod Cooperman stated that excessive Vitamin A levels have been linked to liver abnormalities and other health concerns, but he was not speaking specifically about any particular multivitamin tested by his company.

A new review of popular multivitamins found that one in three did not contain the amount of nutrients claimed in their labels or improperly listed ingredients.

After testing 38 multivitamins for a new report published online this week, researchers at ConsumerLab.com discovered that eight contained too little of specific nutrients, two contained more nutrient than claimed and three improperly listed ingredients. The good news: some of the best vitamins were also the cheapest.

“We found a wide range in the quality of multivitamins,” said Dr. Tod Cooperman, president of the company. “Interestingly, the more expensive products didn’t fare any better than those that are just a few cents a day.”

While medications are closely overseen by the federal Food and Drug Administration, supplements like vitamins don’t get regular testing by any government agency. So there’s no way of knowing — outside of independent testing — whether a bottle of supplements contains what it’s supposed to.

The problems with quality control found by ConsumerLab don’t surprise Dan Hurley, a medical journalist and author of “Natural Causes,” a book on the supplement industry.

“That’s really pretty average for supplements. It’s a real crapshoot,” Hurley said. If a drug company had these kinds of lapses, it would be shut down, he said.

Although low levels of certain nutrients can be a problem, doses that exceed recommendations are especially worrisome. Several products evaluated by ConsumerLab, including some designed for children, had this issue. For the report, ConsumerLab used the recommended daily allowances and upper tolerable limits established by the Institutes of Medicine.

ConsumerLab is a Westchester, N.Y., company that independently evaluates hundreds of health and nutrition products and periodically publishes reviews. For this test, ConsumerLab purchased a selection of multivitamins and sent them, without labels to a lab for testing. If a problem was found, the product was sent to a second lab for confirmation.

ConsumerLab focused on some of the more important ingredients, such as folic acid, calcium, vitamin A (retinol and beta-carotene), zinc, and iron. Cooperman and his colleagues also looked to see how quickly vitamin tablets broke down in liquid. If a pill doesn’t break down fast enough, the body won’t be able to absorb as much of the various nutrients.

Among the supplements that had too little of a particular nutrient were Trader Joe’s Vitamin Crusade (just 59 percent of the vitamin A advertised on the label), Melaleuca Vitality Multivitamin & Mineral (just 42 percent of the touted vitamin A) and All One Active Seniors (less than 2 percent of the beta-carotene, 73 percent of the retinol and 49 percent of the vitamin A listed on the label).

Centrum Chewables had the opposite problem, with 173 percent of the vitamin A listed on the label. This is of particular concern because too much vitamin A can spell trouble.

“If you get too much vitamin A it can be toxic to your liver,” explained Dr. Michael Cirigliano, an associate professor of medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “People don’t realize that everything they put in their mouths is bioactive. Whether it’s baby aspirin or food, it has an effect on the body. People think that if you can get it without a prescription it’s safe — that’s baloney.”

One product, Alpha Betic, took twice as long as it should have to break apart in solution, found ConsumerLab. The supplement also contained less vitamin A than it should have.

Particularly worrisome were high levels of certain nutrients in some of the children’s multivitamins.

Hero Nutritionals Yummi Bears, if given to children at the suggested dose, would exceed recommendations by the Institute for Medicine for Vitamin A in youngsters aged 1 to 3. However, the multivitamins were found to be in compliance with the standards set by the FDA. ConsumerLab considers the FDA’s standards to be outdated.

ConsumerLab found almost no connection between price and quality. Many of the cheaper pills (prices ranging between $0.03 and $0.14 per day) passed all the tests, while some of the most expensive ones (priced as high as $1 per day) failed.

Among the supplements that passed testing were several very inexpensive options, such as Equate Mature Multivitamin, at $0.03/day, Kirkland Signature Mature Multivitamins and Minerals Adult 50+ at $0.03/day and Flintstones Plus Bone Building Support at $0.14/day.

ConsumerLab also tested several pet supplements, one of which, Pet-Tabs Complete Daily Vitamin Mineral Supplement for Dogs contained lead at unhealthy levels.

Ultimately the new report is a strong argument for more regulation of the supplement industry, both Cirigliano and Hurley said.

“People are using these products more and more,” Cirigliano explained. “There needs to be more regulation.”

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July 2, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, children, Fitness, Health, Health and Wellness, kids vitamins, Men's Health, Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, Vitamin, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

SYS – Save Your Skin

SYS: Save Your Skin

As teenagers, many of us scoffed at the idea of wearing sunscreen and reached for zero-protection, greasy baby oil instead. We sizzled and fried in the pursuit of the perfect tan. Our skin paid the price and today the sun damage is reflected in brown age spots, more pronounced wrinkling, leathery skin, or worse — skin cancer.

Sun damage is caused by two types of ultraviolet radiation (UV). While UVB rays are the main cause of sunburn, UVA rays are the most damaging. These stronger rays penetrate the deeper layer of skin and break down collagen and elastin. The result: wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots.

UVA rays, present throughout the year, are also the chief cause of skin cancers. The rays can penetrate clouds and windows. Even on a cloudy day, 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through the clouds. Sand reflects 25 percent of the sun’s rays, while snow reflects 80 percent of the sun’s rays. That’s why wearing screening is essential — no matter what the weather.

How to Use Sunscreen

Despite your years in the sun, you can still reduce your skin cancer risk — and your children’s — by wearing sunscreen now.

No matter what your skin type, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends you wear a broad-spectrum (protects against UVA and UVB rays), water-resistant sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 all year round. UVA-screening ingredients include avobenzone and oxybenzone among others.

Sun protection can prevent premature skin aging and skin cancer. Here’s how to best protect your skin:
• Apply sunscreen to dry skin 15 to 30 minutes before going in the sun.
• Use one ounce (a shot glass full or 2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to coat all areas of the skin liberally. Pay particular attention to the face, ears, hands and arms.
• Apply lip balm with an SPF of 30 or more to lips.
• Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours or after swimming or perspiring heavily. Even water-resistant sunscreen can lose effectiveness after 40 minutes in the water.
• If you rely on moisturizers or cosmetics that contain sunscreen, be sure to reapply often for continued UV protection.
• Avoid too much sun exposure from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
• Wear a broad-rimmed hat and sunglasses in the sun.
• Avoid tanning booths. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has now classified them as cancer-causing in humans.
• Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
• See your doctor once a year for a professional skin exam.
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June 23, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, Health, Health and Wellness, Men's Health, Nutrition, Women's Health | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Statin Drugs Provide No Benefit: 4 Million in a Study Prove It

Statin Drugs Provide No Benefit: Study of 4 Million People

Aside from demonstrating that statins provide no benefit to most people, the study also demonstrated that the so-called gold standard, randomized double blinded placebo controlled, study is a farce.

by Heidi Stevenson

24 May 2011

Disgruntled man questioning taking drugs in his hand

A population-based study in Sweden shows that the massive deployment of statins has provided no benefit. Three times as many statins were being taken by Swedish people in the year 2000 than in 1998. Yet, the numbers of people suffering or dying from heart attacks were unchanged by it.

Not only does this demonstrate that the massive push to press people into taking statins has been based on flawed ideas, it also turns the claim that randomized double blinded placebo controlled (RDBPC) drug trials are the gold standard.

The study with the unwieldy name, “No connection between the level of exposition to statins in the population and the incidence/mortality of acute myocardial infarction: An ecological study based on Sweden’s municipalities”, was published today in the journal BioMed Central.(1) The authors’ conclusion is quite clear. They do not hem and haw about it:

Despite a widespread and increasing utilisation of statins, no correlation to the incidence or mortality of AMI [acute myocardial infarction] could be detected. Other factors than increased statin treatment should be analysed especially when discussing the allocation of public resources.

The results are clear. There is no truth behind the claims of benefit from statins. Even though three times as many Swedish people between ages 40 and 79 were taking statins, there was no reduction in heart attacks. It’s unfortunate that the study didn’t also investigate the adverse effects caused by them. Then we would know how many people were harmed by these drugs that are known to cause muscle pain and destruction.

The study covered nearly the entire Swedish population aged 40-79 for the years 1998-2000. They included the data from 289 municipalities, which included all areas of the country, urban, suburban, country, industrial, and everything inbetween. The only one left out could not be included because of missing data. The total numbers were 1,926,113 men and 1,995,981 women—a total of 3,922,094 people.

Results from virtually the entire Swedish population demonstrated that the threefold increase in statins use provided no benefit.

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May 25, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, Diets, Fitness, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Reliv, Vitamin, Women's Health | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Oh, The Wonders Of Omega 3

Oh, The Many Wonders of Omega-3

Despite the abundance of food in most developed countries, our diets today are still sadly lacking. One key power nutrient missing? Omega-3, an essential fatty acid. And more studies are showing that increasing omega-3 in our diets can pay off in significant health benefits, from weight loss to decreased risk of heart disease.

Essential fatty acids are vital to the body’s normal development and function, especially for the brain and eyes. Memory, performance and behavior are all affected by omega-3 intake. If your body doesn’t have enough essential fatty acids, it can cause reduced growth, infertility, impaired wound healing and decreased ability to fight infection.

Deficiencies in omega-3 — specifically DHA — during pregnancy and in babies can cause developmental problems in the nervous system and vision. That’s why some baby formulas now include a DHA supplement.

Not getting enough omega-3 may also lead to many health problems including heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, certain cancers, osteoporosis, premature birth, depression, asthma and diabetes.

Symptoms that you may have an omega-3 deficiency include extreme tiredness, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression and poor circulation.

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SOURCES:

Diabetes Self-Management, Jan/Feb 2008, p. 8-14, Alisa G. Woods, PhD

University of Maryland Medical Center: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega–3–000316.htm

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March 4, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, children, Diets, Health, kids vitamins, Nutrition, Reliv, Sports Nutrition, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Could Pain Killers Do More Harm than Good?

Most of us take an over the counter pain medicine. Could pain kills do more harm than good?

This is an article I found at www.latimes.com/health

Nausea, stomach bleeding, heart disease and more: The list of potential dangers from taking over-the-counter pain medications is lengthy. One of the most recent findings, published in January in the journal BMJ, formerly the British Medical Journal, looked at results from 31 trials that included more than 116,000 people. It found that ibuprofen use tripled the risk of stroke, even though overall risks were still small.

For ibuprofin and other so-called nonsteroidal anti-imflammatories (NSAIDs), body chemicals called prostaglandins — which painkillers act against — are at the root of the problem. That’s because, in addition to versions that cause pain and inflammation, there are also “good” prostaglandins that, for example, protect the lining of the stomach and regulate blood flow through the kidneys.

Over-the-counter NSAIDs are indiscriminate in their battle against prostaglandins. As a result, taking them at doses that are too high or for periods that are too long can knock out the protective ones, leading to ulcers, holes in the gastrointestinal tract and kidney damage, among other problems.

People who should avoid NSAIDs include those with diabetes, kidney problems or a history of gastrointestinal problems or ulcers. For everyone else, the maximum recommended over-the-counter doses are 1,200 milligrams a day for ibuprofen, 660 mg a day for naproxen and 4,000 mg a day for aspirin. But people often fail to read the labels, and even if they do, they may fail to take the limits seriously.

“A lot of people have said that if NSAIDs were just coming to the market now for the first time, the FDA would have been very slow to approve them because of all their potential side effects,” says Steven Vlad, a rheumatologist and epidemiologist at the Boston University School of Medicine.

Acetaminophen brings fewer side effects because it spares prostaglandins; that makes it the safest drug for most people in pain to try first, says Janet Engle, a pharmacist at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a member of the Non-prescription Drugs Advisory Committee at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But taking too much can also cause serious problems.

Acetaminophen overdose is the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States, according to the FDA. In 2009, acetominophen overdose was all or partly responsible for more than 41,000 calls to poison control centers around the country, the American Assn. of Poison Control Centers reports. Most people who overdose do it by mistake, either because they are trying to stop chronic pain from escalating or because they take multiple products that contain acetaminophen, such as cough and cold syrups or a combination of prescription medicines that also contain it.

The current recommended maximum daily dose on labels of acetaminophen is 4,000 mg, or eight typical extra-strength pills. But unlike some of the other painkillers, whose labels provide leeway below prescription-safe doses, 4,000 mg is the absolute limit of how much people should get.

And that, some experts think, makes overdosing far too easy. In recent panel discussions, the FDA has asked experts to consider whether limits should be lowered from 1,000 mg to 650 mg for a single dose and from 4,000 mg to 3,250 for a daily dose, says Engle, who has been part of those panels. But there isn’t any good science to say whether those doses are high enough to be effective or low enough to protect people from overdose.

Even if you stay within recommended limits for any of these painkillers, beware: Taking over-the-counter painkillers can be dangerous while drinking alcohol, studies show, and none of these drugs should be used as a strategy to prevent hangovers. Alcohol plus acetaminophen puts a double dose of stress on the liver. And alcohol aggravates the lining of the stomach, allowing more damage from NSAIDs.

If you find yourself taking moderate doses of painkillers day after day for more than 10 days, it’s probably time to see your doctor, Engle adds. The daily dose won’t necessarily hurt you, but you could have an undiagnosed problem that might respond better to surgery or other drugs.

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Always interesting to find out what we have been taking for years could now harm you. I find it ironic that after 22 years Reliv’s simple nutrition has helped many of the issues noted above. Also note that medicine does not come with a money back guarantee but Reliv’s patented nutrition does. My money is on Reliv, where’s yours?

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February 14, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Reliv, Wellness, Women's Health | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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