Watching these two mice interact made me realize that “young” one could be me. At 50 I was going down that slippery slope of extreme joint pain, tiredness, and feeling old. Fortunately I was introduced to a natural line of supplements that turned my health around. Now at 71 I am healthy, prescription-free, pain-free and actually feel like the clock is turning back regarding aging. The company that produces these supplements actually published a landmark-first-of-its-kind study that supports the potential benefits of long-term supplementation in a unique consumer population. The study, called The Landmark Dietary Supplement Study: Usage patterns, health, and nutritional status of long-term multiple dietary supplement users: a cross-sectional study, can be found here.
The results were stunning! Long-term dietary supplement use was consistently associated with more favorable blood levels of important nutrients and key heart health biomarkers. More importantly, long-term users of multiple dietary supplements generally reported lower prevalence of disease in self reported health conditions including elevated blood pressure and diabetes, when compared to single multivitamin users and nonusers.
This first-of-its-kind study was conducted on a unique study population using new online data collection methods employed for the very first time in collaboration with renowned nutritional epidemiologist Dr. Gladys Block, from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.
Information regarding diet and supplement intakes, exercise and health status was obtained from online questionnaires and on-site physical examinations from 278 long-term Shaklee multiple dietary supplement consumers. Data for 602 matched nonusers and 176 single multivitamin supplement users was obtained from the Nationwide Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) the largest and longest running national health and nutrition survey, sponsored by the National Center for Health Statistics.
The long-term multiple supplement users included more females, were slightly older, better educated, had higher incomes, and lower body mass index (BMI) than the other groups. Dietary supplements consumed on a daily basis by more than 50% of the multiple supplement users included such products as multivitamin/mineral, vitamin B-complex, vitamin C, carotenoids, calcium with vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, flavonoids, glucosamine, an herbal immune supplement, a probiotic supplement (women) and a soy protein supplement (men). Check out the results on the link above to see the differences.
I am truly grateful that I began a supplement program when I did. Practicing prevention (by taking these supplements) instead of waiting for chronic diseases to appear, has made a huge difference for me. I hope you check out the results of the LandMark Study and also check out the link above “Products I Use” and see what a difference it can make for you as well.