Choosing the Right Multi-Vitamin
THE VITAL ROLE ANTIOXIDANT NUTRITION PLAYS IN REDUCING THE RISKS OF DISEASE THE WORLD SURE HAS CHANGED IN THE PASTFIFTY YEARS!
by Jordon S. Rubin NMD, CNC , Founder and CEO of Garden of Life, Inc.®
Today, we live in a fast-paced society with many modern conveniences and processed foods, created out of demand to support our hurried lifestyles. Paradoxically, along with our busy lives, comes the everyday stress of trying to keep up with this velocity. Add in the multitude of environmental factors, and there is no question as to why it is extremely important to supplement our immune systems with a potent daily multi-vitamin/mineral formula.
As we age, our antioxidant needs become even greater. By 40, our needs are so much higher than ever before that we need powerful whole foods in our diet, as well as nutritional supplements that enable us to meet our body's essential requirements. Clinical studies suggest that increasing the antioxidant status of our blood serum will result in the reduced risk of many chronic degenerative diseases.
Educating health conscious consumers on the vital contribution antioxidant-rich foods and nutritional supplements can make to their health and longevity is of great importance in today's world. Dietary and lifestyle recommendations,along with the use of nutritional supplements (particularly those with the highest antioxidant potencies), will significantly aid in improving your health and reaching your maximum life span, which is generally thought to be 120 years.
ORAC—THE ANTIOXIDANT POTENCY 'GOLD STANDARD'
The term "ORAC", short for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, developed by scientists at Brunswick Laboratories in collaboration with Tufts University, is an in-vitro analysis that measures the antioxidant potencies of foods and other nutritional or chemical substances.
Foods that score high in the ORAC antioxidant analysishelp to protect cells and their components from oxidative damage, according to the USDA's Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. Studies indicate that eating plenty of high ORAC fruits and vegetables (such as blueberries and spinach) may help slow the processes associated with aging in the body and brain.
If these findings are borne out in further research, young and middle-aged people may be able to reduce risks of age-related diseases including senility, simply by adding high ORAC foods to their diets.
IN THESE STUDIES, EATING PLENTY OF HIGH ORAC FOODS:
Raised the antioxidant power of human blood 10-25 percent
Prevented some loss of longterm memory and learning ability in middle-aged rats
Maintained the ability of brain cells in middle-aged rats to respond to a chemical stimulus—a function that normally decreases with age
Protected rats' tiny blood vessels against oxidative damage
TOP SCORING ORAC FOODS
Experts suggest that daily intake should be at least 3000 to 5000 ORAC units to have a significant impact on plasma and tissue antioxidant capacity. According to estimates however, the average American consumes only 1000 to 2000 ORAC units per day.
THE ALCHEMY OF HOMEOSTATIC NUTRIENT COMPLEXES—BRINGING NUTRIENTS TO LIFE
Homeostatic Nutrient (HN) complexes are vitamins and minerals that have been liberated and biology enhanced with probiotic microorganisms and their byproducts, including enzymes and organic acids. This process is not merely a blending of foods in a vat at a manufacturing plant, but rather it is a nutritional "alchemy" that occurs based on both science and an artisan craft.
The process of turning ordinary vitamins and minerals into living whole food structures can be called "organic transmutation". Our bodies naturally recognize organic, plant-derived vitamins and minerals, because nature transforms them into organic materials instead of allowing them to remain in their elemental form. Whenever vitamins and minerals come into contact with the beneficial byproducts of probiotic fermentation, they are naturally dissolved into an ionic form. These nutrients literally become part of the whole food complex during the production of the homeostatic nutrient complexes.
Perhaps the most exciting result of this fermentation process, is the fact that the beneficial microorganisms and enzymes remain viable, creating many powerful antioxidant compounds that are "alive" in the formula, thus imparting to it unique probiotic properties. This abundant array of efficacious probiotics and enzymes, not only expertly deliver nutrients, but also continue to work in the body providing many healthenhancing benefits.
Longer fermentation (21 to 42 days) allows for the probiotics to create a much larger variety and concentration of health-promoting compounds. The end result is that the nutrients have been complexed into their preferred form and made "body ready", thereby activating all necessary co-factors including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
Also created, are multitudes of natunaturally occurring bio-chemicals including the human body's master antioxidant, Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD). In addition to SOD, various immune-supportive beta-glucans, coenzymes, anti-microbial peptides, conjugated linoleic acid, chromium compounds, hydrogen peroxide, lactic acid, glutathione, biotin, and many others are produced – all significantly contributing to a high ORAC value, one of the most important factors when choosing the right multi-vitamin/mineral formula.
FULVIC ACID BOOSTS ORAC VALUE
Again, we return to one of the ancient secrets of health and longevity. We now know that fulvic acid is part of the earth's natural recycling process. Researchers call it "one of the most important missing links in the human food chain", and it was once present in small amounts in our foods and drinking water. Many reports have been published on the beneficial use of humic substances (organic plant matter that forms soil), especially fulvic acid, for human health and medicine.
Fulvic acid contains all of the phytochemical protective substances, amino acid peptides, and nucleic acids from the original plant matter, highly concentrated, refined, transformed, and enhanced by the actions of innumerable microscopic plants. Even small strands of RNA, DNA, and plant photosynthetic materials still remain intact.
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