Why Some Vitamins Work and Some Don’t

It seems every month the media reports a study saying  either vitamins don’t work, or that vitamins do work.

Have you ever wondered why that is?

Do vitamins really work? It often depends on the quality of vitamins used in the study. Click To Tweet

But aren’t all vitamins made the same?  The answer is no.

Do vitamins really work? Synthetic vitaminsThere are a lot of synthetic vitamins on the market and they don’t work at all. We can make synthetic water. When you look at the chemical composition it looks identical to regular water. Yet, when you put fish into the synthetic water they die. Lots of vitamin studies use synthetic vitamins in their study. Then the media reports back that vitamins don’t work.

Next are the label “fluffers”. They make vitamins, not in the ratios found in nature, but to look good on a label. So they’ll pile on the cheap ingredients and skimp on the costly ones. These vitamins have nothing to do with science or nature. They are a marketing company disguised as a vitamin brand. Studies done with those kind of vitamins aren’t going to work either.

Then there are the vitamin makers that “do the bare minimum”. These are the vitamins you find in most stores. They meet basic industry standards. However the manufacturer doesn’t pay to have clinical studies done. There’s no legal requirement to do so. They don’t know if their vitamins actually break down in the body. Vitamins that don’t get into bloodstream aren’t going to do you any good.  They don’t pay extra for the testing to ensure that what’s on the label is in the bottle.  The vast majority of vitamins fall into this category. Recently, the FDA found that the majority of herbal supplements at major retail outlets don’t contain what they claim.  Now you know why. Studies using typical store vitamins are going to be hit and miss in terms of results. Which is what you see reported in the news..

Finally, there’s the rare  company that make vitamins as close to nature as possible. A company like Shaklee who incurs the added expense to ensure the quality, safety and efficacy of their vitamins. To guarantee that what’s on the label is in the bottle. That conducts clinical studies and submits them to peer reviewed medical and scientific journals.

Studies done with vitamins  having gone through rigorous quality testing  often show different results. Results delivering both short and long-term health benefits.

Shaklee has over 125 clinical studies published in peer reviewed medical and scientific journals. All showing significant health benefits of taking Shaklee vitamins and supplements. Including the Landmark Study. One of the largest studies ever conducted on long-term supplement users. (landmark study.com). Nutrition Journal 2007, 6:30doi:10.1186/1475-2891-6-30 Published 24 October 2007

The Landmark Study looked at the health of people who took no supplements. People who took some other brand of multivitamin, and Shaklee multi supplement users.

The study covered people over a 20 year period. It found that Shaklee users had markedly better health than non supplement user. As well as those taking another brand. Shaklee users were shown to have:

11% lower cholesterol ratios, a key marker for cardiovascular healthDo vitamins really work?

33% lower levels of triglycerides, a critical biomarker for heart health

36% lower levels of homocysteine, an indicator of brain and cognitive health

59% lower levels of c-reactive protein, a key biomarker for long term biological stress

And before you say well Shaklee paid for the study so the results are somehow biased. The peer-reviewed study was conducted by a third party with results to be published regardless of which way they went. Shaklee had no say in whether the outcome got published or not.

Telomere Study

Another significant study using Shaklee vitamins was conducted around  telomeres.  Telomeres are a key biomarker of our overall health. Over time our telemores become shorter. In fact, they are now looking at telomere length to determine how long one will live.

Recently a major telomere study was conducted by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn. Dr. Blackburn was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Medicine. Her study compared people using Shaklee supplements for at least 5 years, to healthy nonsmokers living in the San Francisco Bay Area. The study showed that the rate of telomere shortening in Shaklee users was 40% lower than the healthy control group!

A statistical analysis projects that an 80 year old Shaklee user would have the same telomere length as a 41 year old.

The bottom line is that  vitamins made in harmony with nature. Utilizing the best of science. And rigorous testing throughout the manufacturing process can often provide significant health benefits.

So the next time you see a report saying do vitamins really work? Or worse, vitamins don’t work. Remember to ask the question the media never asks. What kind of vitamins did they use in the study?

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