ATTENTION: Multivitamin Takers
A recently published study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that taking a daily multiple vitamin significantly lowered the risk for cancer.1
That’s great news because here at Rockwell we’ve got to fantastic multi-vitamin choices that stand out above the rest – more on that in a second.
What the Study Found…
The study followed approximately 15,000 men over 50 for roughly 11 years.2 Approximately half of the men were assigned to take a multivitamin daily while the other half took a placebo.
At the end of the study period, those taking the multivitamin had an 8% reduction in their risk for cancer. When prostate cancers were excluded from the analysis, the reduction in risk went up to 12%.
“It appears that there may be a modest benefit in preventing cancer in men over the age of 50,” said J. Michael Gaziano, MD, lead author of the study.
Later this year the researchers will report their findings of the effects of multis on other conditions such as cardiovascular disease. Don’t be surprised if they’re favorable.
And while this study only included men, there’s no reason to believe the effects wouldn’t apply to women as well.
And here’s the rub: The multiple vitamin used by the researchers was a cheap, low-potency commercial formula available at the drugstore.
Since there is positive research on individual ingredients used in the higher-quality multivitamins we are recommending below, we suspect that the results would be even more impressive if a high-potency, high-quality multiple were used.
Expensive Urine? Not so much…
The old party line from the medical establishment about multivitamins was that they just give you “expensive urine.” This study shows that that “conventional wisdom”—which was anything but wise—is not supported by the science.
This isn’t the first time multivitamins have shown big benefits. A 2010 study found that those taking multivitamins had significant improvements on major clinical measures of stress and general well-being.3
And two studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association were also vitamin positive. In one of those studies the researchers stated: “Pending strong evidence of effectiveness from randomized trials, it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements”.4
Stand-Alone or All-In-One?
High quality multivitamins come in various formulations. Some are stand-alone multiples which can act as the centerpiece of your own customized supplementation program. Others come as part of a “packet” of essential daily supplements that include such things as omega-3’s, calcium and magnesium.
We’ve searched high and low and looked at nearly every stand-alone and multivitamin packet out there and there is one brand that stands head-and-shoulders above the rest and has earned our Rockwell Recommends distinction.
For a stand-alone multiple, we recommend Designs for Health’s Twice Daily Multiple. It’s a terrific product that includes meaningful doses of all the major vitamins as well as important minerals like zinc and selenium.
If you like the idea of an “all-in-one” packet then Designs for Health’s Twice Daily Essential Packets is for you! Each packet contains the Twice Daily Multiple with a calcium-malate chelate, a magnesium-malate chelate and 1 OmegaAvail Synergy.
Why We Like Designs for Health: The Folic Acid Controversy
One of the many reasons we like Designs for Health is that they use natural folate in their formulas. Recent research has suggested that the synthetic folic acid fortification of white flour, rice, breakfast cereals and the like has led to significant increases in cancer in susceptible people.
DFH transitioned its entire product line to NatureFolate, a blend of natural folates including those from spinach. These are safe, natural forms which are quickly and easily utilized by the body.
Remember, too little folate is a known risk factor for cancer, so you never want to be without folate in your multiple. The trick is to use the right kind, which is exactly what DFH does!
We also like the fact that DFH uses Albion™ Chelate for their calcium and magnesium, known to be best for its superior absorption and efficacy.
And their OmegaAvail Synergy is a very complete omega supplement, containing not only the usual EPA and DHA (i.e. fish oil) but also some GLA (gamma linolenic acid), the important omega-6 found in evening primrose oil, as well as 400 mg of oleic acid, the monounsaturated omega-9 fat found in olive oil and macademia nut oil.
You can’t go wrong with either of these multivitamin options. So make sure to take advantage of this special discount today and leverage the growing research that shows multivitamins gives you much more than expensive urine.
Wishing You Health and Wellness,
The Rockwell Nutrition Team
3 Kennedy, et al, “Effects of high-dose B vitamin complex with vitamin C and minerals on subjective mood and performance in healthy males”, Psychopharmacology (Berl), 2010 Jul; 211(1):55-68 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20454891
4 Fletcher, Fairfield, “Vitamins for chronic disease prevention in adults: clinical applications” JAMA 2002 Jun 19; 287(23):3127-9