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Scientific studies don’t lie. Instead of just making general statements about health and well being, studies reported in respected medical journals indicate that what follows is valid.

Simply stated, an intake of vitamins above the RDA (recommended daily allowance) levels enhances resistance to infection, improves intellectual performance, and reduces the risk of birth defects, cancer and heart disease. *(However, it must be noted that before one takes vitamins over the RDA,  the individual should check with his or her doctor to make sure there are no adverse interactions with medicines they are currently taking).

Dr Emanuel Cheraskin and colleagues from the University of Alabama studied this matter. They studied 13,500 people over a fifteen year period living in six regions of the United States. Each participant completed in-depth health questionnaires and was given physical, dental, eye, and other examinations, as well as numerous blood tests, cardiac function tests, and a detailed dietary analysis. The object was to find which nutrient-intake levels were associated with the highest health ratings.

The results consistently revealed that the healthiest individuals meaning those with the fewest clinical signs and symptoms were taking supplements and eating diets rich in nutrients relative to calories. The researchers found that the intake of nutrients associated with optimal health was often ten or more times higher than the RDA levels. ( I personally do not take amounts that high, but I do take some higher levels of vitamin C, D and some B’s, but in  multivitamin hypo-allergenic vegetable capsules).

Research was also continued at the “Institute of Optimum Nutrition” headed by its founder Patrick Holford a leading nutrition expert in Britain. The Institute identified  levels of intake of nutrients that are optimum by looking at studies that prove better health with additional intake of nutrients above the so-called “well-balanced diet”.

Some vitamins that were identified (by the Institute of Optimum Nutrition) as having a larger shortfall from the recommended daily amount and the optimum diet plus supplement  amount were Vitamin A, Vitamin C,  Folic acid, Calcium and Omega 3. Vitamins A and C were the highest and might be worth supplementing.

In another study of vitamins, Professor Morris Brown at Cambridge University gave two thousand patients with heart disease vitamin E or a placebo. Those taking Vitamin E had 75 percent fewer heart attacks.

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