Vitamins fail to prevent cancer

In the January 7th article in USA Today entitled “Vitamins get ‘F’ in cancer prevention” by Liz Szabo, vitamins pills were studied to determine their effectiveness individually at keeping cancer at bay.  Based on the findings, experts are advising consumers to get their vitamins from plant foods (fruits, veggies, grains, etc.) since they contain compounds of vitamins that may work together better than on their own.  The vitamins tested were C, E, D, and the Bs.  In one of the studies, vitamin E even led to increased prostate cancer risk, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.
I have long since abandoned multivitamins.  For one thing, the B12 in many of them actually comes from a derivative of cyanide.  Also, it’s too easy to overdose on one and underdose on another.  Only in nature can you find the perfect balance.
Also, the iron found in meat products is the wrong kind of iron -- it’s called “heme” iron and doesn’t care if you already have too much iron in your body; it barges in and can cause unhealthy levels.  However, the iron found in vegetables (dark green leafy ones) is like “smart iron” and can determine if you need iron or not.  If you do, it absorbs; if not, then it doesn’t.  Much of the vitamins and minerals in nature are this way -- and the proof is that vegans do not have a higher risk of anemia than do meateaters.  For example, 1 cup of lentils contains 6.6 mg of iron, whereas a sirloin steak contains only .9 mg of iron per 100 calories.
Bottom line is -- eat your vitamins and minerals in whole foods; not in pills that end up getting flushed down the toilet along with your wallet.

(For a B12 supplement that does not come from cyanide, I recommend BioEntopic’s B12 Creme (yes, it’s a lotion!) that gets its B12 from methylcobalamin.)