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About the Author

Nancy Bruning is the author or coauthor of more than twenty books, including The Real Vitamin & Mineral Book and The Natural Health Guide to Antioxidants.
Shari Lieberman, Ph.D., CNS, FACN, a certified nutrition specialist (CNS), is a faculty member at the University of Bridgeport, School of Human Nutrition. She runs a private practice as a clinical nutritionist in New York City, where she frequently counsels women on weight loss. She is also well known to viewers of QVC, where she sells her own line of weight-loss supplements for women on an exclusive basis.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; 4 edition (May 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158333274X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583332740
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book based on the stellar reviews on Amazon. I'm very happy with it and refer to it constantly. I particularly like that the doses recommended are above and beyond the RDA, which is the MINIMUM needed for optimal health (the book cover says: RDAs "are designed only to prevent the most obvious deficiency diseases -- they are the 'minimum wages' of nutrition. RDIs are not adequate for anyone looking for optimal health." The book has handy tables for each vitamin and mineral and breaks down the maximum doses for optimal health. It also lists side effects. Turns out most vitamins are not toxic unless taken at levels that most humans really have to try hard to attain. Most side effects are completely reversible by simply not taking the vitamin any longer.

I trust this book over other sources because it has data backed by clinical studies from reputable organizations such as the American Medical Association and New England Journal of Medicine. Fro example, the book says it's okay to take 400-800 IU of vitamin E daily for heart health. I've seen other sources say it's too much -- presumably based on a study that the media jumped all over that said high doses were unsafe, but the study was flawed by several variables as they were not comparing apples to apples. I think when others recommend daily doses, they are referring to the RDA, the "minimum wage" needed, and not the dose needed for optimal health.
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This is the best book there is on nutritional supplements, and well-documented to boot. Buy one for yourself and give one to your doctor and any other health professionals you work with who have not caught on to the real power of nutritional medicine. This healing modality can no longer be tossed aside, as the 100 pages of research summaries in the back of the book show. I teach nutrition to physicians, and if there is one popular press book I insist they all read, this is it. Superb.
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The supplementation recommendations in this book are excellent and not based on outdated information as they are in some other books. The amounts of each vitamin and mineral recommended in this book are not needlessly low and they tally reasonably well with what the best authors of health books recommend.

The author recommends for the average reader:

Vitamin A: 5000 - 25 000 IU
B1: 100 - 500 mg
B2: 100 - 300mg (500 mg for some)
B3/niacin: 500 - 1000 mg
B5: 100 - 500 mg (900 mg pantethine in cardiovascular diseases, and even larger doses for Lupus upwards of 2 g)
B6: 25 - 300 mg (500 mg for some)
C: 5 - 10 g (for healthy people)
Folate: 1 - 5 mg (the higher amounts in cardiovascular disease)
Manganese: 15 - 30 mg
Chromium: 200 - 600 mcg
Selenium: 200 - 600 mcg
Zinc: 50 mg
Boron: 3 - 6 mg

(These figures are from my own messy handwritten notes and so some errors may possibly exist. Please do not take these figures for fact, do your own reading first! This is also not a complete list.)

I would disagree with the claim that this book is the definitive guide to supplements as I found the information in the books Dr. Atkins' Vita-Nutrient Solution: Nature's Answer to Drugs and also books by Abram Hoffer such as
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By djonn on May 12, 2013
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I bought this book to round out my knowledge of supplements. I have been taking supplements for 15 years based on the advice of my dietician and have purchased many books on the topic in the interim (my favourite that of Phyllis Balch's).

This book frightened me. The author did not inform the readers in her book about the side effects of the supplements. I found this irresponsible. For example, I was surprised that she did not mention that too much vitamin A causes overt psychosis, liver damage and even death (the reason that the Inuit who traditionally ate bear meat never ate its liver, a fact corroborated decades ago by science), that too much vitamin D can cause hypercalcemia, that D-Ribose, a substance extracted from mastic, spurs action from the ovaries (Yemenite jews traditionally used it for women's fertility) and should be used with caution by women taking conventional fertility treatments and menopausal women and patients in hospital have gone into toxic shock when mistakenly overdosed with magnesium through the magnesium pump. The assertion that any side effects caused by over-supplementation are reversible by just ceasing supplementation is ludicrous and dangerous! There are just too many examples of lack of full disclosure of side effects to list.

I wanted a book that would round out my knowledge but this book to me felt like a big push to buy, buy, buy supplements. Although Shari Lieberman advocated cancer prevention and treatment through supplementation in this book, she herself died of cancer at age 51. Beware!
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