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Vitamins, Minerals, Juice Plus+® - Role in Prevention

Posted Jan 13 2010 12:00am

Good nutrition and its positive effects on the health of the body seems to need more studies to confirm exactly how and what those specific benefits are. Logic couldn't tell us already that fruits and vegetables and the nutrients contained within them are going to provide most (all?) the support to our health that we need. Let's spend more tax dollars researching what seems to be obvious. We also recommend Juice Plus + because it contains nutrients from a variety of fruits and vegetables, and although there seems to be plenty of common sense as to why Juice Plus + is beneficial, there is also research done to be sure there are benefits and that it's not some snake-oil-pushing scam. Nonetheless, here are some findings on the benefits of having plenty of the right vitamins in your diet and how certain conditions can be prevented:

Findings published in Cancer Causes and Control also showed that carotenoids, niacin, thiamine, and vitamin D may reduce the risk of bladder cancer in older people.

“The effects of vitamin E, carotenoids, vitamin D, thiamin, and niacin in relation to the risk of developing bladder cancer may warrant further investigation,” report the researchers, led by Maree Brinkman from The Cancer Council Victoria in Australia.

“Future studies should focus on optimal doses and combinations of these micronutrients particularly for high risk groups such as heavy smokers and older individuals,” they state.

Bladder cancer is diagnosed in about 336,000 people every year worldwide, and it is three times more likely to affect men than women, according to the European School of Oncology.

Study details

Brinkman and her co-workers analysed dietary data from 322 people with bladder cancer and 239 healthy controls. A 121-item food frequency questionnaire was used to estimate dietary intakes.

Results showed that, in general, people with the highest average intakes of vitamin E (at least 193.4 milligrams per day) were 34 per cent less likely to develop bladder cancer. The highest average intakes of phosphorous (1,557 milligrams) were associated with a 51 per cent reduction in bladder cancer risk.

“Although we observed an approximate 50 per cent reduction in the odds of bladder cancer associated with higher dietary intake of phosphorus, it was not statistically significant,” wrote the researchers. “Given this ubiquitous micronutrient is an important physiological component of DNA, RNA, ATP, and cell membranes, it may be worthy of further consideration.”

When the researchers focused their analysis on smokers, they found that the highest intakes of vitamin E, carotenoids (18 milligrams), and niacin (46.5 milligrams), were associated with a 42, 38, and 34 per cent reduction in bladder cancer risk in heavy smokers.  In older individuals, the highest average intakes of carotenoids, vitamin D (641 International Units), thiamin (3.35 milligrams), niacin, and vitamin E were all associated with a reduced bladder cancer risk.  ( read more... )

Final Comment: There is not enough emphasis on a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. The number of companies and jobs that may suffer from a campaign that encouraged more people to avoid unhealthy foods - fast foods, soft drinks, fatty foods, salty foods - and instead eat more fruits and vegetables, could create a strain on the economy. Regardless, that is the diet that needs to be emphasized, and our tax dollars would be better spent pushing that agenda rather than trying to get everyone access to a doctor and hospital in order that they (we) can go on living an unhealthy lifestyle. Another topic for another day.

The Health & Wellness Institute, PC
Official Juice Plus + Independent Distributor

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