Thursday, August 27, 2009

Fruits and vege’s are good for you – dooh

Are vitamins every found by them selves in nature? Have you ever seen a vitamin C tree, that produces 100% vitamin C, covered by a thin layer of skin. Of course not! Then why do we think that having high levels of one nutrient would work miracles? Common sense tells us that vitamins are always found in combination with other important nutrients.

But aren’t you the guy who is writing a book about optimal vitamin content? Yes I am and I believe passionately that you need more vitamins than you are currently getting. However I also believe that you should eat like you are not taking any supplements and supplement like you are eating no nutrients. I also strongly recommend where possible you have whole food supplements. That is food which has had the moister and cellulose (fiber) removed, as well as removal of sugar(s).

Thus were could predict that studies that dose high of one nutrient will likely not show large benefit, but studies that dose a range of nutrients, or even better concentrated fruits and vegetables should have a positive benefit.

Thus today’s blog post highlights a pilot study were they used concentrated fruits and vegetables in powder form on blood pressure and weight. The concentrated fruits and vegetables gave a equivalent of 10 fruit and vegetables servings a day.

The control group had no change in blood pressure or weight. Where as the test group after 90 days of supplementation had a drop in blood pressure and no weight change. For the tech’s
“The systolic blood pressure decreased from 140.4 ± 17.7 to 128 ± 14.2 mm Hg, and the diastolic blood pressure decreased from 90.2 ± 7.7 to 83.1 ± 7.4 mm Hg.”
Thus eating fruits in vegetables, even in powdered form is good for your health! I predict we are going to see more and more of these studies as people figure out that high doses of one vitamin is not going to help, yet high doses of multivitamins and plant extracts are going to be very beneficial.

Reference: Zhang et al The effect of fruit and vegetable powder mix on hypertensive subjects: a pilot study Journal of Chiropractic Medicine
Volume 8, Issue 3, September 2009, Pages 101-106

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