Dec 5, 2012

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New Multivitamin Research

I like it when our employees send me articles and information on nutrition and exercise. That tells me they’re interested in what’s going on in wellness and that they’re interested in getting the word out and helping others. And of course, I often learn something too!

Vitamin BottleAn article was sent to me a couple of weeks ago that I thought was very interesting and that tied into the importance of being proactive against different forms of cancer. This article stated that “Multivitamins may cut cancer rates by a modest 8 percent” According to Duffy Mackay, ND, vice-president and regulatory affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), “This new study may swing the windows and doors wide open when it comes to the benefits and safety of multivitamins.”

Dr. Mackey also stated that, “the study’s finding reinforces the value of long term consistent use of a daily multivitamin as a convenient and affordable insurance policy for good health. She went on to say that “whether or not this study can be generalized to the total population is not answered by this study; however there are other well-researched benefits for the multivitamin in the general population.”

The study was lead by Dr. Michael Gaziano of Brigham and Women’s hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. The researchers analyzed 14,641 Physicians who participated in the Physicians Health Study (PHS). The men were randomly assigned to receive a daily multivitamin or an equivalent placebo.

The average follow-up on each subject was 11.2 years-a fairly lengthy time to track. From this data, the number of documented cases of cancer was 2,669. A total of 2,757 men died prior to the follow up, including 859 (5.9%) due to cancer. The data indicated that the men taking a multivitamin had a modest but significant 8% reduction in total cancer incidence. While researchers found that no effects were observed for multivitamin use and prostate cancer, they did observe a significant reduction in the risk of total cancer excluding prostate cancer.

Professor Balz Frei from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University commented that an 8% drop of cancer rates is not small. According to Pauling, “there are 1.6 million new cancer cases that are diagnosed in the U.S. each year, this translate into 130,000 cancers that are being prevented each year! That’s a lot of health care cost saving plus more importantly, human suffering.” Professor Frei goes on to say “that at around a penny a day, a multivitamin is the cheapest health insurance a person will ever buy.” This study should finally answer the question “is it worth the time and money taking a multivitamin?” By this study the answer is a resounding YES!

  • The multivitamin is the most popular supplement on the market.
  • 52% of American adults take a multivitamin; and 42% of Americans take multivitamins regularly.
  • 56% of American adult women take a multivitamin and 48% of American men take a multivitamin.

So the next time your customers ask for a recommendation, look toward the trusty multivitamin. It’s a great starting point for those looking to up their fitness routines, or those looking for improved health. Call your sales rep to make sure you’re stocked with the latest multivitamins and supplements.

pic_Chip_Sigmon Chip Sigmon
 Europa Sports Products Fitness/Wellness Coordinator

 Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Appalachian State University 1984-1990
 Strength & Conditioning Coach Charlotte Hornets NBA team 1990-2001
 Certified NSCACSCS*D


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