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VITAMINS FIGHT DISEASE: Nutrients Effective but Overlooked
(OMNS Jan 30 2007) Vitamin supplementation fights disease. Although medical research has repeatedly shown this, such has not always been the case in the news media. Recently, however, the popular press is picking up more of the good news: Nutritional therapy is cheaper, safer, and often more effective than pharmaceutical drugs.
NIACIN FIGHTS CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
Niacin was first used to successfully lower serum cholesterol in 1955. (2) Since then, placebo-controlled studies have confirmed that niacin prevents second heart attacks, and niacin also reduced strokes. One study showed that after 15 years, men taking niacin had an 11 percent lower death rate. Although a warm "flush" is a common side effect of niacin, the vitamin is safer than any drug.
VITAMIN D PREVENTS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, CANCER
Multiple sclerosis is known to be more common among those persons living in northern latitudes. But, says Harvard School of Public Healthıs Dr. Alberto Ascherio, "This is the first large prospective study where blood levels are measured . . . (providing) much stronger evidence." (4,5)
AP adds that "Other studies have linked high levels of vitamin D in the blood to lower risks of a variety of cancers."
VITAMIN E EXTENDS LIFESPAN
VITAMIN C PREVENTS STOMACH CANCER
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1. Mason M. An old cholesterol remedy is new again. NY Times, January 23, 2007. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/23/health/23consume.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
2. Altschul R, Hoffer A & Stephen JD: Influence of nicotinic acid on serum cholesterol in man. Arch Biochem Biophys 54:558-559, 1955.
3. 'Sunshine vitamin' protects against MS: Huge study suggests vitamin D reduces risk of debilitating disease. The Associated Press, Dec 19, 2006.
4. Munger KL, Levin LI, Hollis BW, Howard NS, Ascherio A. Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels and risk of multiple sclerosis. JAMA. 2006 Dec 20;296(23):2832-8.
5. Munger KL, Zhang SM, O'Reilly E, Hernan MA, Olek MJ, Willett WC, Ascherio A. Vitamin D intake and incidence of multiple sclerosis. Neurology. 2004 Jan 13;62(1):60-5.
6. Wright ME, Lawson KA, Weinstein SJ, Pietinen P, Taylor PR, Virtamo J, Albanes D. Higher baseline serum concentrations of vitamin E are associated with lower total and cause-specific mortality in the Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention Study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Nov;84(5):1200-7.
7. Jenab M, Riboli E, Ferrari P, et al. Plasma and dietary vitamin C levels and risk of gastric cancer in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC-EURGAST). Carcinogenesis. 2006 Nov;27(11):2250-7.
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