||Positive Effects of Vitamin Supplementation|
|The Health of the Naturopath:
Vitamin Supplementation and Psychologic State
by E. Cheraskin, M.D., D.M.D.
Subjects in the supplemented group had higher numbers of certain T-cell sub-sets and natural killer cells, enhanced proliferation response to mitogen, increased interleukin-2 production, and higher antibody response and natural killer cell activity. These subjects were less likely than those in the placebo group to have illness due to infections (23 versus 48 days per year).
He concluded that supplementation with a modest physiologic amount of micro-nutrients improved immunity and decreased the risk of infection in old age. In a subsequent double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 35 additional healthy, noninstitutionalized elderly subjects were once again supplied with multivitamin versus placebo supplementation. (2) Pike and Chandra note that giving micro-nutrients can play a crucial role in the maintenance of normal immune function in the elderly. This piece of work received very little attention because of its lack of drama. After all, these were just ordinary healthy elderly people given a simple multivitamin trace mineral tablet!
It is interesting, in light of these Newfoundland
studies, that a recent USDA survey of food intake, reported only 1% of
Americans meet the minimum standards for dietary adequacy. (3)
Summary and Conclusions
Pike J, Chandra, RK: Effect of vitamin and trace element supplementation on immune indices in healthy elderly international J Vitamin Nutr Res, 1995;65/2 117-120.
(Editor) Do We Really Need to Eat Like a Horse to be as Healthy as One? National Nutritional Foods Association Newsletter 1998; 12/4:13.
Cheraskin, E. The Health of the Naturopath:
Physical Activity. Manuscript in preparation. Natural Medicine Journal
1: #10, 12-15, December 1998
(Reprinted with permission of the author)
Andrew Saul, PhD
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