"Era of Nutrient Supplements to Promote Health and Reduce Illness is Here to Stay"


May 12, 1997

In an editorial in the May 7, 1997 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Ranjit Kumar Chandra, O.C., M.D., from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Janeway Child Health Centre, St. John's, writes: "The era of nutrient supplements to promote health and reduce illness is here to stay. In selected groups such as the elderly, there is overwhelming evidence of immunologic enhancement following such an intervention. Some data suggest that a reduction in the incidence and duration of infection may also occur. In North America, a year's supply of micro-nutrient supplementation costs less than three visits to a physician and much less than hospitalization for one day ... and may be a cost-effective preventive intervention in old age."

Dr. Chandra also notes that elderly people often don't get enough vitamin E because they can't eat or properly digest the soybeans, nuts and grains that contain it.