Choosing a Multi-Vitamin/Mineral Supplement

Vitamins and minerals are available in a variety of chemical forms, each offering dramatically varying benefits. Most
common brands of vitamins contain undesirable chemical additives such as artificial colors, preservatives, lubricants,
binders or fillers, because they are cheaper. Many nutrients are synthetically produced form petroleum, while others
come from potentially contaminated sources like fish liver, oyster shell and bone meal.

A high quality vitamin uses only natural ingredients from the most hypo-allergenic sources and meets the highest
FDA standards for purity. Scientifically formulated from superior quality raw materials, these supplements are bal-
anced and free of sugar, starch, soy, fish oil, acacia and salicyates, and are easily tolerated by even the most sensitive

A Word About Anti-Oxidants

What is meant by the term “anti-oxidants” and what function do they perform in the body?

Oxidation is the chemical process by which we burn our fuel. It provides our body with usable energy, but during oxi-
dation, benign substances are oxidized into unstable, harmful ones that break down to form free radicals. These
highly destructive molecules range through the body destroying tissue, and some researchers theorize, may contrib-
ute to the cancer process.

Research indicates that anti-oxidants might prevent the oxidation process. Vitamin E, the most potent anti-oxidant,
protects fatty acids from free radical attacks in membrane and muscle walls. In the lungs, where a substantial amount
of oxidation is always underway, Beta-carotene, a form of Vitamin A, protects not only mucus lining but also the red
blood cells that pass through and pick up their loads of oxygen for delivery. Vitamin C, a water soluble vitamin, helps
guard the body against harmful reactions occurring within the cells, and the trace mineral Selenium is a necessary
component of certain enzyme systems that destroy free radicals.

By taking a supplement high in anti-oxidants, you can help ensure that your body has ample supplies of these critical
nutrients if dietary intake falls short of the required amounts.

A Reminder About RDAs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has established recommended daily allowances for 19 important nutrients.
RDAs are only intended as guidelines; everyone has unique nutritional needs and individual requirements may vary
from day to day depending on stress, exercise, diet, disease and other factors.

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