Some vitamins are vital to the health of your DNA. Recent research has shown that the body has a mechanism for blocking “bad genes”. Genes that promote diabetes, obesity, and other common problems are masked with “methylating agents”. Methylating agents bind to our DNA so the bad genes are not used. What are methylating agents? They come from the diet from vitamins like B12 and folic acid. Many Americans are deficient in both. To protect the health of your DNA and your children’s DNA, make sure you are getting plenty of B12 and folic acid. It is a good idea to supplement these things unless you are sure you are getting enough. Want to find out if you need more? Track your diet on www.fitday.com for a week and see for yourself.
Many drug store multivitamins are made of the lowest quality ingredients possible. In fact, if I had to choose between a high-grade multivitamin once per week and a daily vitamin from the drugstore up the street, I would choose the former. You need to make sure you are getting enough nutrients to protect your DNA, but make sure the nutrients look like the ones in your food. The cheap ingredients in your vitamin are not chosen for quality. They are chosen because they are cheap. Your body might not be able to use them, and low quality vitamins may even interfere with the utilization of the good nutrients you are getting from food. Don’t trust that the most expensive vitamin at the health food store is a good one either. Have an experienced person review your vitamin to make sure it is a good one.
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