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Vitamins Are Better Than Big Pharma Drug

Posted Feb 11 2010 12:00am

We believe, and logic would dictate, that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is the best way to get the nutrients your body needs for the prevention of sickness and disease.  Most people don't, which is why we recommend Juice Plus+® .  Although eating those foods in their raw state would be preferred, Juice Plus+® at least can provide nutrients from a variety of fruits and vegetables. 

This is rare, although we have seen many studies about the benefits of vitamin D, but a study confirms that one particular vitamin had more benefit than one of Big Pharma's popular prescription drugs.  While we can't and never would say that  vitamins can treat or cure anything, it can be said that specific vitamins can be used to help certain conditions. In this case, Niacin (Vitamins B3) was shown to be more helpful than Merck's Zetia drug. Imagine that! Here's more --

It is not often that we get a study comparing vitamins to a popular drug by Big Pharma.
But sometimes pigs do fly and we have such a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine comparing an inexpensive form of vitamin B (Niacin) to a popular cholesterol drug (Zetia) made by Merck. And guess what? The vitamin was better!

Niacin had a beneficial effect on the plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries that supply blood to the brain, but despite the fact that Zetia reduced LDL by almost 20 percent in patients who already had LDL cholesterol levels of less than 100 mg/dL, patients taking the drug had a slight worsening of the plaque build-up. Moreover, nine patients in the Zetia arm had heart attacks, stroke, or died from heart disease, versus just two patients taking niacin. Results reported here Sunday may not put the nail in the coffin for a once wildly popular cholesterol-lowering drug, but they do put Zetia at the bottom of the list of medications that doctors will be using.

The niacin used in the study is not variety available in health food stores and drug stores. It is a prescription product that has a special timed-release formulation, which may cut down on the hot flashes that are associated with niacin use. ( read more... )

Bottom Line: We will never know how poweful Mother Nature's whole food fruits and vegetables are, in addition to specific vitamins, unless more people start eating healthier diets and using these nutritional supplements to provide some meaningful data. For overall health, whole food nutritional supplementation is better than singled out vitamins. 

The Health & Wellness Institute
Official Juice Plus+® Independent Distributor

Although we recommend Juice Plus+ as a daily nutritional supplement because it contains nutrients from a variety of whole foods, it is not implied that Juice Plus+ can treat or cure any health condition. Always speak to your doctor if you have any symptoms or are need treatment for any health problem.

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