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(News Article):Megavitamin Myth-Busting:Commentary by Andrew W. Saul and Helen Saul Case
December 23, 2019
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This article may be reprinted free of charge provided 1) that there is clear attribution to the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, and 2) that both the OMNS free subscription link http://orthomolecular.org/subscribe.html and also the OMNS archive link http://orthomolecular.org/reso.....ndex.shtml are included.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, Dec 23, 2019

Megavitamin Myth-Busting

Commentary by Andrew W. Saul and Helen Saul Case

(OMNS December 23, 2019) People are so confused about endless internet vitamin legends. Now it's time to be blunt and set the record straight.

VITAMIN C

VITAMIN A

Some persons have a genetic trait that makes it more difficult for them to convert dietary carotene into active vitamin A. Does this mean they must take preformed oil retinol A? NO. Even a poor converter can still make sufficient vitamin A from carotene if they eat lots of fruits and vegetables . . . which we should all be doing anyway.

B VITAMINS

  • Does niacin hurt the liver? NO. http://www.doctoryourself.com/news/v4n21.html and http://www.doctoryourself.com/niacin.html
  • Is niacin clinically incompatible for people with methylation issues? NO. Theoretically, perhaps. But Dr. Abram Hoffer, the world's most experienced niacin physician, has said it is not clinically significant.
  • Aren't B-vitamins so poorly absorbed that they need to be methylated? NO. Comparing their molecular weights with the simplest of all sugars, we find:
  • Glucose (C6H12O6) weighs 180 grams/mole
  • Niacin (C6H5NO2) weighs 123 g/mol
  • Pyridoxine 169 g/mol
  • Pantothenic acid 219 g/mol
  • Biotin 244 g/mol
  • Thiamin 265 g/mol
  • Riboflavin 376 g/mol Folic acid or folate 441 [Methylated may be better. However: 1) See: Bailey LB. Dietary reference intakes for folate: the debut of dietary folate equivalents. Nutr Rev. 1998;56(10):294-299. And 2)
  • The Linus Pauling Institute says: "Unmetabolized folic acid concentrations returned to baseline levels at the end of the study, suggesting that adaptive mechanisms eventually converted folic acid to reduced forms of folate."
  • Cobalamin 1,355 g/mol [methylated is probably better in this case]

MAGNESIUM

VITAMIN E

VITAMIN K

Do I need to consume vitamin K-2 because K-1 in foods is ineffective? NO. Your body will make the conversion for you. John Cannell, MD, writes that the conversion "occurs through an intermediary molecule, vitamin K3, which is made in the intestine from vitamin K1.

[Hirota Y, et al. J Biol Chem. 2013 Sep 30.] "[M]odern humans are deficient in K2 because they do not eat large quantities of vitamin K1 containing foods. If we look at Paleolithic humans, they probably got high amount of vitamin K2 from eating large quantities of kale and spinach-like foods, very high in K1, which then supplied their tissues with all the vitamin K2 they needed. [A]s far as getting enough vitamin K2, the best thing to do is eat your greens."

VITAMIN D

I drink milk, and I spend time in the sunshine. Don't I get plenty of vitamin D? NO. If your shadow is longer than you are, you are not making vitamin D from sunlight, says William Grant, PhD. Thus, little vitamin D is made by your body in the six colder months of the year. This is also true in the summer months if only exposed to sun mornings and afternoons. http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v07n07.shtml

(Andrew W. Saul, OMNS founder and Editor-in-Chief, has coauthored four books with Abram Hoffer, MD, and is editor of the textbook The Orthomolecular Treatment of Chronic Disease.

OMNS Assistant Editor Helen Saul Case is the author of The Vitamin Cure for Women's Health Problems, Vitamins & Pregnancy: The Real Story, and Orthomolecular Nutrition for Everyone.)

Nutritional Medicine is Orthomolecular Medicine. Orthomolecular medicine uses safe, effective nutritional therapy to fight illness. For more information: http://www.orthomolecular.org

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  1. Ilyès Baghli, M.D. (Algeria)
  2. Ian Brighthope, M.D. (Australia)
  3. Gilbert Henri Crussol (Spain)
  4. Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D. (USA)
  5. Damien Downing, M.D. (United Kingdom)
  6. Michael Ellis, M.D. (Australia)
  7. Martin P. Gallagher, M.D., D.C. (USA)
  8. Michael J. Gonzalez, N.M.D., D.Sc., Ph.D. (Puerto Rico)
  9. William B. Grant, Ph.D. (USA)
  10. Tonya S. Heyman, M.D. (USA)
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  12. Ron Hunninghake, M.D. (USA)
  13. Michael Janson, M.D. (USA)
  14. Robert E. Jenkins, D.C. (USA)
  15. Bo H. Jonsson, M.D., Ph.D. (Sweden)
  16. Jeffrey J. Kotulski, D.O. (USA)
  17. Peter H. Lauda, M.D. (Austria)
  18. Thomas Levy, M.D., J.D. (USA)
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  20. Stuart Lindsey, Pharm.D. (USA)
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  22. Charles C. Mary, Jr., M.D. (USA)
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  24. Jun Matsuyama, M.D., Ph.D. (Japan)
  25. Dave McCarthy, M.D. (USA)
  26. Joseph Mercola, D.O. (USA)
  27. Jorge R. Miranda-Massari, Pharm.D. (Puerto Rico)
  28. Karin Munsterhjelm-Ahumada, M.D. (Finland)
  29. Tahar Naili, M.D. (Algeria)
  30. Todd Penberthy, Ph.D. (USA)
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  32. Jeffrey A. Ruterbusch, D.O. (USA)
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  34. Thomas L. Taxman, M.D. (USA)
  35. Jagan Nathan Vamanan, M.D. (India)
  36. Garry Vickar, MD (USA)
  37. Ken Walker, M.D. (Canada)
  38. Anne Zauderer, D.C. (USA)

Andrew W. Saul, Ph.D. (USA), Editor-In-Chief

Editor, Japanese Edition: Atsuo Yanagisawa, M.D., Ph.D. (Japan)

Robert G. Smith, Ph.D. (USA), Associate Editor

Helen Saul Case, M.S. (USA), Assistant Editor

Ralph K. Campbell, M.D. (USA), Contributing Editor

Michael S. Stewart, B.Sc.C.S. (USA), Technology Editor

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