Are Multivitamins Good for your Heart?

Are multivitamins good for your heart?

In 2013 the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research released a study that said vitamin supplements are “probably useless” when it comes to preventing heart disease. This flew in the face of all the research I have come across (see our Research tab). So I read the entire study and found that they made the same mistakes that the debunkers of supplements have been making for years: doses were too low, using the wrong form of the vitamin, synthetic forms, etc. Yet the mainstream media presented this study as the “Last Word” on vitamins (I’m sure that this had nothing to do with the billions of dollars pharmaceutical companies pay to the mainstream media to advertise their drugs!)

Fortunately not everyone has been brainwashed (or bought off) by Big Pharma. Dr. Andrew Saul has compiled 19 studies that show strong correlations between vitamin use and reduced risk of heart disease. Here are just a few:

JAMA 2012: Multivitamin supplements were found to reduce heart disease risk by eight percent.

Panminerva Med 2012: Woman taking multivitamin-mineral supplements for at least three years had a 35 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease.

American Heart Journal 2011: Each 20 micromole/liter (µmol/L) increase in plasma vitamin C was associated with a nine percent reduction in heart failure mortality. Based on the percentage, Dr. Saul calculated that if everyone were to take just 500 mg of vitamin C per day, an estimated 216,000 lives could be spared each year.

The medical establishment has been saying for years that we can get all the nutrition we need from the food we eat. It this true?
I believe it could be true if everyone ate only local, fresh organic food grown in nutrient rich soil. But how many of us do this (or can do this)?
The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) reports in the Natural Medicine Journal:

“Government research shows that Americans have frank nutrient gaps. In fact, recent data show that a large portion of Americans fall below the estimated average requirement (EAR) for certain nutrients, specifically vitamins A, C, D, and E and magnesium and calcium, even when nutrient intake from diet, fortified foods, and supplements is considered.
Intake of some nutrients is low enough to be a public health concern. These include potassium, dietary fiber, calcium, and vitamin D, along with iron, folate, and vitamin B12 for specific population groups.
From a clinical standpoint, MVMM [multivitamins and multiminerals] supplementation provides a safe way to correct these nutrient shortfalls while working with individuals to improve dietary intake of nutrients.”
I have often said that you can think of The Pauling Therapy Essentials Formula (PTEF) as a multivitamin / multimineral for the cardiovascular system. The PTEF contains 19 of the most important nutrients your body needs for it to repair damaged arteries. Without these nutrients, your body will be forced to fashion a patch made of plaque to prevent those damaged arteries from springing a leak. And we all know what that leads to!!!