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Vitamins Are Not a Waste of Money

by Raymond Francis

A lot of doctors tell their patients that vitamins are a waste of money and just make expensive urine. As a result, we frequently get questions regarding the effectiveness of vitamins. The truth is vitamin supplements are a necessity for most people, but most vitamin products are ineffective and not worth what you pay for them. Sources of confusion include an editorial and two deeply flawed studies that were published in the 2013 Annals of Internal Medicine concluding that multivitamins are a waste of money because they do nothing to prevent disease. These studies and the opinions expressed in the editorial are outrageous, misleading and dishonest, demanding a thoughtful response.

An estimated half of the population takes vitamin and mineral supplements, and multivitamins amount to about half of all vitamin sales. The so-called experts behind this recent research are urging people to save their money and abandon use of these supplements. Unfortunately, for the most part, this is actually good advice because most multivitamins don’t work. But what about the ones that do work?

Without getting into the flawed methodology used in these studies, there is a major reason the multivitamins were guaranteed to not show benefits. The products used in the studies were low-dose, low-quality multivitamins that could not be expected to produce beneficial results. The studies were doomed to fail from the start because high-quality vitamins were never used.
One study used a popular vitamin brand that contained 75 mg of vitamin C, an amount so inadequate that it is highly unlikely to show measurable health benefits. Minerals such as zinc, magnesium, copper, manganese, and calcium were all in chemical forms that offer low biological activity and minimal benefit. The vitamin E was in a synthetic form that is known to be poorly utilized. The B vitamins did not include the most biologically active forms, and the vitamin B12 was in the form of cyanocobalamin, an unnatural molecular form that is known to have low biological activity and to even have toxic effects.
Among other insults to your health, this brand is loaded with fillers, some of which are allergenic such as corn starch and modified food starch. It even contains toxic talcum powder. This product is full of artificial colors, including FD&C Blue 2, Red 40, and Yellow 6. Artificial colors have a long history of toxicity. It also contains the allergenic and toxic preservative sodium benzoate along with BHT. BHT has been banned in other countries, including England, Sweden, and Australia. It is simply not possible for such a formula to prevent disease.

Yet, when these studies failed, the researchers concluded that all multivitamins are a waste of money. This is nonsense! The only scientifically-valid conclusion is that low-quality multivitamins are a waste of money. Thousands of studies prove that vitamins prevent and reverse disease. Properly designed multivitamins are an excellent source of nutrients to fill the gaps in our less than perfect diets. High-quality formulas are made with biologically correct and active molecules that the body needs and wants. They do not contain anything that can be toxic, allergenic, or interfere with proper metabolism. These formulas work and are worth what you pay for them.

About Raymond Francis

Raymond Francis has been cited as “one of the few scientists who has achieved a breakthrough understanding of health and disease.”

 

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PROTEIN POWDER

Protein powders have been the hot topic for some time. The growth of new fitness trends and awareness of nutritional needs are only boosting the $12.4 billion protein powder industry with no signs of slowing. Whether you’re new to the protein game or someone who settled in before the hype, you’ve probably heard some of the rumors flying around. Most of us know protein is important, but myths and bad science leave many people with more questions than answers. We’ve set the facts straight with our top 5 protein myths debunked!

 

1. More Protein Is Always Better

We know consuming enough protein is crucial, be that through powders, meat, dairy or plant-based sources, but packing your diet full of protein isn’t the key to a fit physique or healthy diet! Exactly how much protein you need per day depends on a few things, like your size, gender, and activity level.

The average individual only needs 0.8g of protein per kg of lean body weight, so a sedentary 150-pound person only needs 54g of protein per day. Looking for your individual protein requirement? Try this simple calculation:

Body weight (in pounds) x 0.36 =

Your recommended daily intake of protein (in grams).

Of course, this can change depending on your goals and personal exercise routine, but it’s a good rule-of-thumb to start with!

 

2. Protein Goes Straight To Your Muscles

Some believe that the more protein you eat the more muscle you build. In a perfect world, maybe. But, as it turns out, too much of anything is a bad thing!

Our bodies use about 25 to 30 grams of protein at a time for muscle growth + repair depending on how often you’re training. Any protein you consume beyond what your body needs is just extra calories that get broken down like a carb. This means it’s either used for energy or stored as fat.

 

3. "Real” Protein Is From Meat, Not Plants

Sources of protein found in meat are excellent, but to assume that you can only get your protein from that single source is simply incorrect! Foods such as eggs and dairy are also popular sources, as well as:

  • Protein powders
  • Quinoa
  • Edimame
  • Chickpeas
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Chia Seeds
  • Tempeh
  • Nut Butters
  • Seitan

Much of the confusion stems from the fact that different protein sources contain different types and amounts of amino acids. Yes, animal proteins have higher amounts of branched-chain amino acids to support muscle synthesis and growth and plant proteins are often lower in those amino acids. This is why plant-based sources of protein are known as ‘incomplete’ sources of protein.

If you’re vegetarian or vegan, simply aim to mix and match your protein sources to acquire the full array of essential amino acids. If you’re opting for a protein supplement, find a plant-based protein shake that blends different plant-based sources to create a complete protein like your TLS Plant-Based Protein Shake!

 

4. Too Much Protein Hurts Kidneys + Bones

Protein is processed by your kidneys, but protein isn’t going to hurt them as long as you’re eating a healthy diet. A little extra protein won’t hurt them but, like anything, you can have too much of a good thing. As long as you aren’t eating an extraordinary amount of protein (think 300g) then your kidneys shouldn’t have a problem.

Now, for the bones. The worry with bone demineralization is that too much protein increases your body’s acidity, causing it to take the calcium from your bones in order to neutralize that acid. This rumor was pulled into the limelight when acidity was sensationalized in popular media, but there’s no real evidence that bone mineral density drops when you up your protein intake. In fact, research suggests that a high-protein diet may actually support bone health and that healthy people shouldn’t worry about protein leaching calcium from their bones.

 

5. Only Bodybuilders Use Protein Powder

There’s more than one rumor that sounds like this floating around out there.

“Protein makes women bulky.”

“Protein powder makes you gain weight.”

“I’m an endurance athlete, so I don’t need to worry about building muscle.”

Sound familiar? While bodybuilders and heavily invested weight trainers are usually the ones focused on macros and protein supplementation, they aren’t the only ones who need to worry about their protein intake! It’s important to keep in mind the fact that protein does a lot more than just help us pick up heavy things and create a muscular physique; protein plays a major role in supporting the body’s normal ability to :

  • Repair and maintain organs
  • Maintain a healthy metabolism and other biochemical reactions
  • Regulate hormones
  • Transport molecules
  • Regulate cell division
  • Form antibodies
  • Repair muscle fiber

As you can see, protein is more than a bulking component. It’s a part of a healthy, balanced diet and is especially necessary for those who are leading active lifestyles!

 

Isotonix products have certain quantities of fructose, glucose and maltodextrin. These entities have been placed to improve, delivery of, and the taste of many key nutrients. Many nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and plant extracts have a quite a bitter taste. Our products are devoid of any binders, fillers, animal gelatin or colorants which characterize many pills, soft gels or hard capsules.

Isotonix products are isotonic and this is one of the strongest selling points due to the remarkable 97% delivery to the small bowel within 5-15 minutes. That isotonicity is made possible due to the fructose, maltodextrin and glucose present in the formulations. Fructose is the major sugar in our products and it's glycemic index is 19 out of 100, whereas glucose is 100 out of 100. Glucose is known to facilitate absorption of nutrients.

Do we want the nutrient to be absorbed or are we happy to just swallow it and subsequently flush it? Isotonix products contain approximately 2 grams of sugar which is mostly fructose; keep in mind the low glycemic index of fructose. An 8 ounce serving of grape juice contains 36 grams of sugar and 121 mg of OPC whereas 2 doses of OPC contains 250 mg of bioflavinoids (anti-oxidants) of which 150 mg is OPC and contains only 4 grams of sugar. You have options; do nothing (not a good option) or drink juice and a lot of it. You will get some nutrients but your sugar intake greatly escalates; best to take Isotonix with better delivery, more nutrients and less sugar. The glycemic index in Isotonix is far less than the equivalent amount of OPC intake in fruit juice.

To give you a frame of reference, Isotonix products will have between 2-4 grams of fructose per serving depending on the dose or product. This is equivalent to a small bite of sweet fruit. A 12 ounce can of soda has approximately 30 grams of fructose. An 8 ounce serving of orange juice has 35 grams of fructose/glucose and sucrose.

Maltodextrin, the third form of sugar ingredient is a form of starch which is used in very small quantities and adds very little to the glycemic index of the products. It is used primarily as a drying agent in the product line.

All in all, there are very good reasons to utilize Isotonix products; knowing that much thought has been placed into the products for your benefit.

I would like to thank Dr. Patricia J. Danaher for her excellent discussion on this question. Her presentation has been reformulated for the lay person in mind.

Dr. Ed

 

* Not intended to Diagnose, Treat, Cure, or Prevent Disease

 

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