Information from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)* shows that a large number of the US population do not get enough of several key vitamins and minerals. For vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, calcium, choline, magnesium and potassium levels are especially low. Eating a healthy diet is always number one but a good whole food raw food multi is a cheap insurance against mal nutrition.
The Swedish Professor Emeritus, Per Arne Öckerman comments on Bruce Ames’ work: “Bruce Ames is one the giants in the medical field. He is known by all researchers in medicine worldwide for his methods to measure the effect on the genes and carcinogenicity. He was also an early adopter of a methodology for measuring free radical damage. Recently, Bruce Ames published a study in which he shows that too low levels of essential nutrients, which is shown to be common in the population, increases the risk of serious diseases such as cancer and atherosclerosis. It can cause potential damage to the DNA, and Bruce Ames says that [low levels of essential nutrients] plays a thousand fold greater role for the population than the aggregate effect of all pesticides and heavy metals. Bruce Ames therefore recommend supplements to the entire population and argue that this would be extremely cost-effective and provide a significant reduction in morbidity at a low cost. “
*National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The survey is unique in that it combines interviews and physical examinations. NCHS is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has the responsibility for producing vital and health statistics for the Nation.
Helene Sandström, Näringsmedicinsk tidskrift. Öckerman P.A. Den nya medicinen, 2 uppl. 2008. ISBN:91-970087-6-1