More than "expensive urine"

Since 1965, I've debated the benefits of vitamin and mineral supplements for elderly people with my colleagues. While they've spend the past 37 years telling me that nutrient supplementation does little more than "make expensive urine," evidence has since proven my theory accurate.

Studies prove that nutritional deficiencies increase greatly with age. Supplementing with vitamins and minerals is the only way to combat those deficiencies. And the benefits of supplements may go beyond simply establishing the status quo.

A recent study from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, concluded that supplementation with moderate amounts of 18 vitamins, minerals and trace elements improved short-term memory and overall cognitive abilities and strengthened immune system functioning in 86 elderly people treated over a year. Even if only one of these improvements turns out to be true, it is a valuable finding.

In another study, researchers found that folate and vitamin B-12 may help prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Seniors with low levels of these nutrients have an increased risk of developing the dreaded condition.

Find a good multivitamin-mineral combination and take it religiously.

Ginseng in your ginger ale?

Why can't the junk food people leave bad enough alone? They add vitamin C to their ersatz "fruit" drinks. They "fortify" you with unwanted iron and want to fluoridate your milk. Now they have a money-making scheme that will increase the cost of your food, but do nothing for your health - adding tiny amounts of herbs to practically everything you eat. Do you want aphrodisiacs in your soup? Antidepressants in your juice? Blood pressure reducers in your cereal? Do you want cholesterol "fighters" in your condiments when these people really don't know what they are doing? Are you going to get "psychological benefits" from this nonsense, as they claim?

Read the labels on your food. Avoid making a bad diet worse and eschew this foolish fodder.