Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Super Nutrition

Super Nutrition for Dad
June 14th, 2011
Important vitamins to keep his heart in tip-top shape.

It was perhaps the greatest health discovery of the 20th century.
In 1997 Harvard-trained physician and researcher Kilmer S. McCully wrote The Homocysteine Revolution. In it he suggested that elevated levels of a potentially toxic amino acid called homocysteine is a more potent risk factor than cholesterol in predicting heart disease—a revolutionary statement, to say the least, and a real game changer in terms of preventing fatal cardiovascular “events.” McCully pointed to one underlying cause: our vitamin B-deficient food supply.

Simply put, three crucial B vitamins—B6, B12, and folic acid—become severely depleted from our foods due to processing and packaging. Consequently, a deficit of these vitamins and the amino acid methionine elevates levels of homocysteine resulting from the normal metabolic breakdown of proteins in the system. In combination with the “bad” LDL cholesterol, homocysteine damages the arterial walls and plaque can build up in the heart. Stroke and blood clots in the legs or lungs have also been tied to elevated homocysteine levels.

Vitamin B12 and folic acid can convert homocysteine to the essential amino acid methionine. In addition, vitamin B6 helps to decrease homocysteine levels by converting toxic homocysteine into cysteine for excretion from the body.

Since learning about McCully’s research, I reformulated the Male Multiple to contain the most therapeutic levels of B6, B12, and folic acid for advanced homocysteine support to help guard against heart disease. To my knowledge, the Male Multiple contains the highest amounts of these three vitamins found in any comparable male multivitamin on the market. A daily dose of three (3) in the am and three (3) in the pm will provide 800 mcg of folic acid, 1,000 mcg of vitamin B12 (from the metabolically active methylcobalamin rather than cyanocobalamin), and 100 mg of vitamin B6.

But the Male Multiple is very unique for another reason. It is iron-free. Next to homocysteine and smoking, stored iron is the strongest risk factor for heart attack. High levels of iron have also been linked to headaches, liver disorders, arthritis, diabetes, and cancer. With all this considered, I’m surprised that iron-free formulas are such a rarity in the marketplace.

This must-have multiple provides broad spectrum male vitamins, minerals, and enzymes for total digestion and absorption, prostate support, and cardiovascular support. It also contains saw palmetto and lycopene for extra prostate protection, alpha lipoic acid for antioxidant support, and a resveratrol blend for anti-aging.

Put all this together and you have a triple-whammy 3 in 1 multivitamin with heart-protection and powerful overall health benefits.

What could be better for the man you love on Father’s Day?

-Edge On Health, Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman