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Rethink Your Multivitamin/Mineral

Which multivitamin is right for you?

Get more than just vitamins and minerals. Plant-based foods including fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, oils, and grainsprovide more than macronutrients (protein, fats, and c... arbohydrates/fiber) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). Plants are also a source of thousands of bioactive secondary metabolites called phytonutrients that are known to support the body in multiple ways. Eating plans that include a number of plant foods rich in phytonutrients, like the traditional Mediterranean diet, are associated with increased health and longevity.

Non-essential, but extremely beneficial. There are no established daily intake requirements (yet), but scientists continue to uncover the many benefits of phytonutrientssuch as resveratrol, lutein, lycopene, citrus bioflavonoids, polyphenols, and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). These individual phytonutrients may target different health systems, and they may also complement each other to support the body in general wayslike protecting cells from oxidative stress that can increase with age, pollutants, unhealthy lifestyle habits, and even certain processes with the body itself. That's why health experts recommend eating a minimum of five daily servings of a wide variety of colorful, plant-based foodsto supply essential nutrients (proteins, fats, carbohydrates/fiber, vitamins, minerals) plus a spectrum of valuable phytonutrients.

Where most multivitamin/minerals fall short. Scientific opinion now suggests that a multi with only "essential" nutrients does not address the benefits of a daily intake of important phytonutrients. But merely adding a few plant extracts or phytonutrients at clinically insignificant levels may not be the answer either. But there is a brave new, scientifically tested combination of phytonutrients and essential nutrients that may just change everything.

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Peter Egan Jr. September 10, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Most supermarket and drug store multivitamins are not easily absorbed and offer little by way of nutritional value to consumers. I take only top-quality supplements that are processed in such a way that they can be absorbed and used by the human body. They're not cheap though. About a 2-day supply costs the same as a bottle of drugstore or supermarket multivitamin/mineral supplements. In addition to vitamin D3 supplements, I also take zinc picolinate and a multivitamin, mineral, phytonutrient, enzyme, antioxidant, bioflavonoid, polyphenol and omega-3 supplement called the Essential Nutrition Pack (http://www.eganmedical.com/Essential-Nutrition-Pack-p/msvs-enp65965.htm). It's definitely among the best supplement formulations on the market. I alternate between the Douglas brand and the one sold under the EWC brand.
Eric Robert Santiago September 10, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Peter, check out www.vibranthealthcompany.net Metagenics is currently 30% off and Pure Encapsulations is 20% off, two of the finest supplement manufacturers in the world.
Frank C December 31, 2012 at 08:58 AM
Thank you for the suggestion. I publish supplement-related content fairly regularly, and am interested in speaking with you in private (in a more commercial tone than would be appropriate for this forum) about the products of which you speak.
Eric Santiago December 31, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Frank, call me anytime at 631-675-1828 Mon. Fri. 9-5
Peter Egan Jr. March 03, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Will do. Thanks!

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