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The Art of Balancing Nutrition

Friday, July 25, 2014


The chemicals of life act in balanced concert with one another. Only after the baseline of essential nutrients is met on a daily basis is it considered completely safe to add individual nutrients in higher amounts for therapeutic purposes.  

An example of this can be illustrated through the use of stand-alone vitamin C. Many people supplement with very high doses of vitamin C.

This makes sense, since the work of the late Linus Pauling and others demonstrated that the antioxidant and immune properties of vitamin C can prevent and even shorten a bout with the cold or flu virus as well as lower the risk of developing degenerative eye diseases including glaucoma, dry eyes, macular degeneration, cataract and diabetic retinopathy associated with type 2 diabetes.  

Vitamin C also plays a major role in cardiovascular health, stroke and cancer prevention. It's important in the synthesis of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine, which is critical to brain function and is suggested to affect mood. 

Vitamin C is vital for collagen production and skin elasticity. It helps us maintain a youthful glow at any age. 

What is too often forgotten is that vitamin C is a powerful diuretic that flushes out toxins, which is good, but it also flushes out water-soluble nutrients such as the B complex and minerals. Many people, who constantly take high dose vitamin C without a full-spectrum multiple back up, eventually develop B complex vitamin deficiency as well a minerals deficit including calcium, magnesium and others. What we have learned is that we cannot fragment nutrition and expect optimal results.

Enter the concept of totality. If each nutrient is a part of the vastly complex human biochemistry, it makes sense to ensure that all the players in the infinite chemical dance of life are present and voting. 

Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, and the Biosyntrx staff

We recommend daily use of a well-designed multiple vitamin / mineral / antioxidant formula, particularly when taking high doses of vitamin C.


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The bottom line for optimal health: Eat a clean well-balanced diet that includes the current CDC recommended 9 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day whenever possible. Back this up with daily exercise and a full-spectrum multiple that further guarantees daily consumption of the vital micronutrients too often destroyed by commercial food production processes. 

The Biosyntrx team also uses SightC+ almost every day since we are all very active and seem to feel better when we add a scoop to our morning smoothies. We also frequently add a scoop of SightC+ to a glass of water before brushing our teeth before bed.





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