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The Martial Art of Wellness

The Martial Art of Wellness  
What's in your vitamins? 
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Volume 18 - Januray 2019
  

DEAR WELLNESS WARRIORS
Welcome to this month's BioNews. We learn to free ourselves from controls exerted over us. As we research we become FREE, we become powerful. This pursuit of self-defense in wellness, I call "The Martial Art of Wellness." And as we practice we become Ninjas. 

QUOTE OF THE MONTH 
"Be the kind of person who takes supplements - then skip the supplements." 
- Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

THIS MONTH'S TESTIMONIAL ( My newfound energy and state of calm ) 
" I have been on the BAC F3 for 5 months. I LOVE IT. I am a full-time fitness professional and I wake up feeling great every day. In my never-ending quest for the best possible health, I discovered BIOSUPERFOOD. The idea of eating real food (not laboratory chemicals) made good sense to me, so I decided to give it a try. WOW! What a surprising difference! I hadn't expected much, to be honest. But after three weeks had passed, BAM! Suddenly, I was feeling more energetic and alert, with greater mental clarity and a heightened ability to retain and process information. The best part? My newfound state of calm. What can I say? From my own great experience, I must HIGHLY recommend BIOSUPERFOOD!" 

- Brian Mirabella, USA

MARTIAL ART OF WELLNESS (What's in your vitamins?) 

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), hundreds of millions people worldwide are taking supplements for potential health benefits. Unfortunately, it might be dangerous to consume the wrong types, quantities or brand of supplements. 


All supplements are not created equal

Many supplements contain chemical compounds that are not found in nature and that can be detrimental to your health. While they may not kill you, your body cannot utilize them as it can ingredients from plants or other real foods. Some of the chemicals used in these supplements may include nicotine, coal tars and alloxan, which are toxic substances. 

According to the Organic Consumers Association, most fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) are especially dangerous in synthetic form, as they can build up in your body's fat tissues and liver. Because they are unnatural substances that your body cannot readily metabolize, when taken in large megadose these synthetic supplements can potentially be toxic. The Merck Manual for Health Care Professionals reports that nine trace minerals should be consumed in very small amounts because all trace minerals are toxic at high levels. These minerals include chromium, copper, iodine, iron, fluorine, manganese, molybdenum, selenium and zinc. 

Always question the coloring and preservatives  

Many supplements contain ingredients to help preserve their appearance and stability. BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) has been linked to liver toxicity and some forms of cancer. It prevents the breakdown of fats and is used in a range of products to improve the shelf-life of fat-based products. Binders are chemicals that hold ingredients together, often to keep them in the "shape" of a tablet. They are also used to add volume if the active ingredient in the actual pill is very low. Lactose and sucrose are often used as binders. Lactose intolerant should pay careful attention. Coatings such as gelatin are used to make capsules smooth and easy to swallow. Gelatin is made from animal products, not good for vegans. Coloring and flavoring used in many vitamins use artificial colors to make them look appealing. Colorants like FD&C Blue, Green, Red, and Yelloware approved by the FDA and particularly notable in children's vitamins. Many are linked to ADHD and immune system problems. Titanium Dioxide is used as a colorant to give supplements and cosmetics a clean, white appearance. Studies link it to immune system problems, inflammation, DNA damage and kidney toxicity. 

Fillers can be killers

Fillers are used to "bulk" a product up so that it looks larger or more potent. Magnesium Silicate - is talc (as in talcum powder or baby powder) and is used as an anti-caking agent in powder supplements. Studies link it to stomach cancer and lung inflammation. Magnesium Stearate / Stearic Acid - is made from a combination of magnesium and stearic acid. It is used as a lubricant or "flow agent" to keep the materials from sticking to the machines during the manufacturing of supplements. Magnesium stearate is also used as a coating for tablets. Controversy surrounds the use of magnesium stearate because the stearic acid is often taken from cottonseed, canola or palm oil. Most cottonseed and canola oils are sourced from GM crops, and palm oil is unsustainable. Sodium Benzoate is linked to various cancers. Sodium benzoate may form benzene when taken with ascorbic acid. Sodium benzoate damages cells and DNA. 

Many supplements contain heavy metals and toxic chemicals. In March 2010, the Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation commissioned testing on several fish oil supplements. It was found that the supplements contained PCB, a cancer-causing chemical that was banned from use in 1979 but is still very much present in the environment. The group consequently sued the manufacturers of these supplements, including CVS Pharmacy, GNC, Now Health Group, Omega Protein, Pharmavite, Rite Aid, Solgar and TwinLab. 

A May 2010 article in the "New York Times" reported that almost every herbal dietary supplement tested in a congressional investigation contained trace amounts of contaminants such as lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic. Sixteen of the 40 supplements tested also contained pesticide residues. 

Who will you trust? 

The FDA reports that, while the government is responsible for corrective action, it is the responsibility of supplement manufacturers to ensure safety. For this reason, choose a manufacturer that can prove that safety testing has been done on both the supplement ingredients and the finished product. 

So, what can you do? 

Now that you know which chemicals and additives to avoid, you can take extra care... 
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Disclaimer: The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated these statements. These statements and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 
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