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Popping The Average Pill


Looking for a remedy to the pressures of menopause and asthma without the possibility of numerous, harmful side effects such as fever, headache, nausea, and an acute liver disease offered in a typical infomercial for a new over-the-counter drug? Don’t want your pregnant wife handling broken tablets with the risk of injuring your child?

A new study has arrived to relieve your medical woes.

In a recent report entitled “The Science of Eating Right: Vitamins, Minerals, and Dietary Supplements” by the Cornell University Medical College, researchers reveal Vitamin E has the edge on all other vitamins and “boasts the longest and most diverse list of potential benefits.” The seven medical conditions described in the report are:

Avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol — these fluids dehydrate the body rather than hydrate like water and sports drinks.

Heart disease - “The most well-documented benefit of Vitamin E is cardiovascular protection.”

Diabetes - “People with diabetes are more prone to developing heart disease and other vascular (blood-vessel related) problems prematurely, and Vitamin E appears to have special benefits for them.”

Asthma - “As an antioxidant, Vitamin E could theoretically reduce asthma risk by minimizing free-radical-induced inflammation in the respiratory tract.”

Alzheimer’s disease - Studies have found Vitamin E helped slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease. Based on the same theory that Vitamin E can benefit the nervous system, researchers also have found a link between a high intake of Vitamin E and a lower incidence of Parkinson’s disease.

Low immunity - A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that “elderly subjects who took Vitamin E supplements for four months boosted their immune systems by more than 60 percent, with no harmful side effects.” A daily dose of 200 international unity “appeared to be the most effective.”

Cancer - Studies have linked low blood levels of Vitamin E with early-stage cervical cancer, and other studies have found low blood levels of antioxidants in cancer patients.

Menopause - “Vitamin E supplementation is the most common alternative or adjunct therapy to hormone replacement therapy. At doses of 400 international units twice daily, Vitamin E is thought to relieve hot flashes and vaginal dryness.”

"Few people know in hot and humid conditions an active person can become dehydrated in just 15 minutes," said Dr. Moorehead. As little as 1-point-3-pounds of fluid loss for a 130 pound person can lead to early fatigue and increase the risk of dehydration."

Source: Foods for the Future

— Andrew Tufts —


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