A SUPPLEMENT GUIDE
Lyle MacWilliam, a Canada-based author, educator, biochemist and nutritional expert, says that degenerative diseases are not illnesses that you can “catch”, like a flu or cold. Rather, these are “diseases of lifestyle, the consequences of years of neglect and abuse to the nutritional needs of the human body.”
“Their onset is slow, most often completely unnoticed; but once set into motion, these disease processes unleash a cascade of harmful events that result in degeneration of the tissues and organs of the body,” he says.
Costs and causes of chronic diseases
The root causes of many degenerative diseases are slowly being unravelled. These diseases include heart disease, cancers, and stroke, as well as arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, and inflammatory bowel disorder, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Mr MacWilliam points out, “There is growing medical evidence that cancer and other degenerative processes initially develop through oxidative damage and through inflammatory events caused by oxidation.”
Also, “The fact that oxidative stress and inflammation are so closely linked to diet and lifestyle suggests that onset of chronic disease is based on long-standing inadequacies in the nutritional status of the body, that have left it vulnerable to attack.”
What to eat
Mr MacWilliam has written a book that graded nutritional supplements is based on a standard that his company, Nutrisearch, devised, called the ‘Blended Standard’. According to Mr MacWilliam, this approach was developed based on the findings of current nutritional science, and that this standard “provides a comprehensive listing of nutrients with recommended daily intakes deemed essential for optimal health. “
According to him, the best nutritional supplements achieved 100% of the Blended Standard’s recommended nutrient amounts, measured by 18 health support critieria. Here’s some of them, as espoused in his book.
For heart health, the product should contain vitamin E (including alpha tocopherol and gamma tocopheral or mixed tocopherols), beta carotene, conenzyme Q10, calcium, magnesium, l-carnitine or acetyl-l-carnitine, procyanidolic oligomers (PCOs), phenolic compounds, and lycopene. Consumption of these lead to a lower-than-average risk of cardiovascular disease and helps protect the heart and cardiovascular system.
For eye health, the product should contain antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin E (including alpha tocopherol and gamma tocopheral or mixed tocopherols), vitamin A (including beta carotene) and the carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin. Consumption of these led to good eyesight and prevention of cataracts and macular degeneration.
For metabolic health (glucose control), the product should contain vitamin B3 (including niacin and niacinamide), vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin E (including alpha tocopherol and gamma tocopheral or mixed tocopherols), biotin, conenzyme Q10, chromium, magnesium, manganese, and zinc. Consumption of these protect against diabetes and regulates the risk of metabolic changes that lead to diabetes.
For liver health, the product should contain vitamin C, n-acetyl cysteine (including cysteine), selenium, vitamin B2, and vitamin B3 (including niacin and niacinamide). Consumption of these optimize levels of glutathione, the body’s pre-eminent detoxicant, and enhances liver function.
For bone health, the product should contain vitamin D, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folic acid, boron, calcium, magnesium, silicon and zinc. Consumption of these assist in bone remodeling, protecting against osteoporosis and other diseases that weaken the skeletal framework.
For antioxidant support, the product should contain vitamin C, vitamin E (including alpha tocopherol and gamma tocopheral or mixed tocopherols) vitamin A, beta carotene, alpha-lipoic acid, lycopene, coenzyme Q10, and selenium. Consumption of these prevents and treats many of today’s common ailments, preventing and repairing cellular damage caused by oxidation.
Vitamin E should be the natural type (d) isomer of alpha tocopherol, not the less-useful synthetic (d/l) isomers of alpha tocopherol, as the synthetic form is only half as effective as the natural form. *
And these are just eight of the criterion. The other 10 include bioflavonoid profile, phenolic compounds profile, glycation (aging) control, inflammation control, methylation support (homocysteine levels), mineral forms, gamma tocopherol type, vitamin E bioactivity, completeness and potency.
Complicated stuff for sure, but is this information you can afford not to know.
* All of the above information is taken from the book, Nutrisearch Comparative Guide to Nutritional SupplementsTM Consumer Edition, by Lyle MacWilliam, Msc, FP, currently available in all good bookstores.