Sunday, April 19, 2009
A Pill Will Cure Everything
Driving in the early morning (6:00) and listening to AM talk radio is a fascinating experience. While surfing channels I learned so much about health.
Dr. Stewart was being "interviewed" in talk show format and told the listeners all about "C-Max" It turns out that this formula of vitamin C can add 6 years to your life. Also if you take this wonder pill, it prevents heart attacks and strokes and diabetes too. He quotes large studies from somewhere (30,000 people) that prove simple vitamin C is the elixir of health. When the "talk show host" asked "Why aren't other doctors talking about this?" He replied, "It's not their fault. They only got 2 hours of nutrition lectures in medical school. They just don't know." Thank you Dr Stewart for educating me. Channel flip...
Next I heard another "talk show" with a very energetic and knowledgeable Dr. Bond. I didn't catch the name of the formula but it contained Lutein and Co-Q10. This wonder pill does even more than Vitamin C. It turns out it prevents blindness, makes skin smooth, prevents heart attacks, strokes and cancer. He quotes studies from somewhere that show the brain needs these ingredients so it even prevents alzheimers..."order today".
Let me be clear. We do need Vitamin C, Lutein and Co-Q10 in our diets. Lutein is found in dark green leafy vegetables. Fresh spinach and broccoli are cheap and available at all markets and steamed with a little garlic will provide ample lutein. Vitamin C is easily obtained with citrus juice or fruit. Co-Q10 is a little harder to get in the diet because we don't each much mackerel. There is conflicting data on the benefits of supplementing Co-Q10 (sorry Dr. Bond) and it is an expensive supplement.
I have reported before about well controlled, large trials that debunked the benefits of antioxidant supplements (Vitamin E, beta Carotene, Vitamin C etc.) These vitamins and minerals are essential to good health but taking a pill will not get you the good health you want.
What do I take? Vitamin D, CoQ10 and Omega 3. Except for the CoQ10 (I'm hedging on that one) they have data that shows benefits. I am data driven and hate to waste money. 5 fruits and vegetables a day in the diet is the way to get the best nutrients.
The radio infomercial talk shows are quite entertaining, however.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 7:54 AM