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Multivitamins and Antioxidants: The Bottom Line

Multivitamins and Antioxidants:  The Bottom Line

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Supplements, like so many other aspects of health information, are confusing! One extreme says we do not need any supplements if we are eating a healthy, whole food diet; the other side promotes using supplements to combat every possible health issue. I grew up with a father who believed in being pro-active with his health, so he took – no kidding – 25 different supplements every single day! He even took all the separate bottles with him while traveling! So, needless to say, I have had to do my homework to find a healthy balance between extremes. Supplements ARE necessary in addition to a whole food diet because much of our food today is nutritionally bankrupt and depleted of many vitamins and, most importantly, trace minerals that are vital for the body to function optimally. This is in part due to the fact that the quality of the soil used for growing food has become degraded and certain fertilizers binds minerals so they are less available for the plants and to us. This is true of organically grown foods as well.

Dr Gladys Block, formerly with the national Cancer Institute, conducted a large study comparing people who regularly took multi-vitamins and anti-oxidants with those who took none or only a low dose RDA multi-vitamin. The study showed that the regular takers had 73% less diabetes risk than non –supplement takers; 52% less risk of heart disease and were 74% more likely to rate their own health as “good” or “excellent”.

How to Identify High Quality Multivitamin Supplements
I do believe that dietary supplements — including vitamins and minerals — can help compensate for some of the damage your body incurs through living in a contemporary culture. However, it’s not wise to use supplements to justify a poor diet. In my experience no amount of supplements will ever be able to substitute for healthy food choices. That being said, the case for taking a daily, high quality multivitamin, mineral and antioxidant supplement is strong, especially as we get older. Several nutrients are less well absorbed later in life and because the body systems become less efficient and need more support to function optimally. You need to look for;

  1. A very high quality line. If the vitamins and minerals are not in the right form and quantities our body will not absorb it properly and it is a waste of money! I recommend femMed highly due to its commitment to nutritional excellence.
  2. Ideally split into two daily doses. Our body can only absorb so many nutrients at once and approximately 12 hours apart allows for optimal absorption.
  3. No binders, fillers, dairy, egg, yeast, gluten, artificial anything.

Multivitamin for Women
Balanced vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients (specific for women – our needs are different!) to enhance energy, stamina and performance. Look for one that also has folate, magnesium, and zinc to support a woman’s cycle; calcium and iron are also important for women as is selenium which can help with thyroid function. If you only take one supplement, choose a high-quality multivitamin that has these components.

Helps us stay healthy and younger by providing a strong defense against free-radicals and may reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. Antioxidants: pomegranate, cranberry, blueberry, grape seed and lycopene can help combat free radical damage. Free radical damage is linked to many chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, cognitive disorders, cataracts, macular degeneration and accelerated aging of the skin, organs and blood vessels.

So, be your own health advocate, become informed and choose only proven, high quality supplements to support your body to be the best it can be!


Camille Lawson
Camille Lawson: Hormone, Sexuality & Nutrition Expert

Camille has been empowering clients as their trusted advisor in the healthcare profession for over 25 years. She is a Registered Nurse, a Hormone Educator and Consultant, Nutrition Expert, and is a private practice Educator specializing in sexuality and relationships. Camille is a committed life-long learner and in her journey has had the opportunity to work at The Regional Women’s Health Centre at the renowned Women’s College Hospital (Toronto) as a Sexuality Counsellor/RN. A highlight for her was training with Dr. John Gray (Men are from Mars, Women Are from Venus)! Camille learned about the integration of nutrition, brain chemistry, sexuality and romance; truly a holistic view. She has trained at the Graduate Intensive Sex therapy programs at University of Guelph as well for ongoing education after obtaining her MEd (Counseling Psych) at The University of Toronto.

Camille is on the medical advisory board for femMED/manMED and is an advocate for using nutrition, BHRT (when appropriate), and knowledge about hormonal balance to assist people in achieving lifelong optimal health. She sees private clients at The Institute for Hormonal Health and via Skype coaching.

Camille speaks professionally to a wide variety of groups with the overall goal of empowering people to be the best they can be! Camille is solution focused, compassionate, and provides clarity. She is passionate and committed to assisting women and men with life changing information in the area of Hormones, Health and Sexuality – these change lives physically, mentally and emotionally. She is also a published author and has appeared on radio and television. She is currently working on a book titled, “No Hot Mess”, with her business partner, Susan Sly. Camille understands the stresses and life changes many women and men go through from her own personal experience and as the loving and proud mother to 3 adult children.

Camille is committed to helping you be the outstanding YOU that is ready to be unleashed, complete with balanced hormones!

Camille is a:
Registered Nurse, Educator, Consultant, Counsellor, Mentor, Therapist, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur and Mother
Camille teaches:
Sexuality, Romance, Relationships, Nutrition, Health and Holistic Wellness;
Camille does:
Empowers, Educates, and Enlightens
Camille is always:
Compassionate, Committed and Caring

Camille has studied at/with:
University of Colorado, York University (BA), University of Toronto (MEd), University of Guelph (Intensive Sexuality Grad Program)
St. Joseph’s Hospital (Emergency Dept.), Women’s College Hospital (Emergency Dept. & Regional Women’s Health Center)
Dr. John Grey (Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus)
Dr. Erika Schwartz (The Hormone Solution)
Contributed to:
TV, Radio, Internet, Newspapers

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