"Vitamins Give You Expensive Urine"
Startling Scientific Proof Completely Debunks This Myth…
For many years that has been the traditional rap on vitamins from conventionally trained, nutritionally-illiterate doctors.
I’d like to think this statement is so ridiculous that no self-respecting doctor - even those who have never taken a nutrition course in their lives - would still repeat it today.
Unfortunately, many do.
So, first let’s tackle the "expensive urine" argument.
Most substances you ingest will show up in one way or the other in your urine. This includes…
- anabolic steroids and other performance enhancers
- recreational drugs
- prescription drugs
- just about anything you ingest!
Go tell an addict that cocaine doesn’t do anything for him, it just gives him "expensive urine."
Or try that argument on Barry Bonds. I mean, really! Just because the traces of a compound are detectable in the urine hardly means it hasn’t done anything in your body!
So the next time a doc tells you vitamins give you expensive urine and nothing more, ask him why he’s prescribing a drug.
Doesn’t that just give you "drug-rich urine?"
OK, hopefully that will demolish this ridiculous argument once and for all. But now let’s turn to the positive stuff, of which there is a ton.
Scientific Proof That You Should Be Taking Vitamins
A recent study showed that men taking multivitamins had significant improvements on major clinical measures of stress and general well-being.
In the study, 215 healthy males were randomly assigned to receive either a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement or a placebo, for just over a month.
Compared with the placebo, those taking the multi-vitamin had significant improvements on:
- the Perceived Stress Scale
- the General Health Questionnaire
(a measure of mental health)
- the Serial Subtractions Test
(a measure of cognitive function)
- the Profile of Mood States
(used to measure vigor and vitality)
The multi-vitamin included high doses of:
- vitamin C
- other substances typically found in a high-quality multiple vitamin formula
According to the icon of integrative medicine Alan Gaby, MD:
"Many people take vitamins and minerals because they perceive that taking them improves various factors such as tolerance to stress, mental health, energy level, and cognitive function."
"The new study provides scientific documentation for what many of us have known for a long time."
Two studies in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association were very positive on the subject of vitamin-taking.
One study, "Vitamins for Chronic Disease Prevention in Adults: Clinical Applications" stated:
"Suboptimal intake of some vitamins, above levels causing classic vitamin deficiency, is a risk factor for chronic diseases and common in the general population, especially the elderly."
"Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone. Pending strong evidence of effectiveness from randomized trials, it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements."
Remember, this is the (very conservative) Journal of the American Medical Association talking!
The Long-Term Effects of "Minimum-Wage Nutrition"
In a second article in JAMA, "Vitamins For Chronic Disease Prevention In Adults: Scientific Review" Robert Fletcher, MD, MSc and Kathleen Fairfield, MD, DrPH, concluded:
"Some groups of patients are at higher risk for vitamin deficiency and sub-optimal vitamin status."
"Inadequate intake of several vitamins has been linked to chronic diseases, including coronary heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis".
Note the welcome distinction between "vitamin deficiency" and "sub-optimal intakes." Very few of us have true nutritional deficiency diseases like scurvy, rickets and beri-beri. But the "recommended" doses are based largely on what’s believed to be the minimum dose to prevent such diseases.
To me, that’s like minimum-wage nutrition. Sixty milligrams of vitamin C a day will prevent scurvy, but is that even close to the optimal amount of this critical vitamin?
Not even close!
Dr. Robert Heaney of Creighton University, Omaha addressed this very issue in an article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition entitled "Long-Latency Deficiency Disease: Insights From Calcium and Vitamin D," he distinguished the basic nutritional deficiencies like scurvy from what he terms long-latency deficiency diseases which often take many years to manifest themselves.
Heaney argues, quite correctly, that vitamin intake recommendations based solely on the amounts needed to prevent specific nutrient deficiency diseases (i.e. rickets, scurvy) are simply obsolete:
"Discerning the full role of nutrition in long-latency, multifactorial disorders is probably the principal challenge facing nutritional science today. Because intakes required to prevent many of the long-latency disorders are higher than those required to prevent the respective index diseases, recommendations based solely on preventing the index diseases are no longer biologically defensible."
Bruce Ames, PhD, a professor at University of California, Berkeley is one of the world’s most respected researchers. In a pro-vitamin article published in the Journal of Nutrition, he wrote of the need to educate the public about the crucial importance of optimal nutrition (as opposed to "minimum wage nutrition" exemplified by the RDAs), adding that it was important for clinicians and educators…
"to abandon outdated paradigms of (vitamins) merely preventing deficiency disease and explore more meaningful ways to prevent chronic disease and achieve optimal health through optimal nutrition."
He spoke glowingly of "the potential health benefits of something as simple and affordable as a daily multivitamin/multimineral supplement."
Hopefully I’ve convinced you that a high-quality multi-vitamin should be part of your daily routine.
Are You Taking a High-Quality Multivitamin?
Note the emphasis on "high-quality." Sorry, folks, but those "one-per-day" formulas are pretty much the bottom rung of the multiple ladder. To really get everything you need every day you must take a few more than "one-per-day."
I actually take over 65 supplements a day to ensure peak performance... but I realize that my regimen isn’t practical for the average person who wants to be healthy.
Case in point: My girlfriend is a busy business-owner with 2 young kids. When she told me she "didn’t have time" to take her vitamins every day I searched high and low for a product that met these conditions:
- Highly portable – daily dose fits in purse, briefcase, etc
- Well-rounded – Good nutritional profile of the basics
- Bio-Available – Ingredients are easily absorbed
- Easy – Only a few pills that need to be taken 1x a day
- High Quality – Manufactured by a company I trust 100%
Only 1 product met all of my high-minded requirements…
Four Pillars Daily Supplement
This is a really innovative approach to complete basic supplementation. Just four capsules a day keeps you covered on the basics:
- Vitamin and Mineral Capsule contains a wide spectrum of 32 nutrients from bio-available sources.
- Essential Fatty Acid Capsule contains 660mg of omega-3’s.
- Antioxidant Capsule gives you a ton of goodies not normally found in multiples, such as green tea extract, quercetin, mixed berry extract, lycopene, lutein and ellagic acid.
- Probiotic Capsule contains living organisms important for digestion, assimilation, gut health and immunity.
Pillar 1: Vitamins and Minerals
The vitamin and mineral capsule contains 32 different ingredients ranging from vitamin A to Zinc, including two minerals not normally found in ordinary multiples:
Ingredient Spotlight: Boron
Boron is a trace mineral that plays a role in helping to maintain strong and healthy bones and may be useful for preventing and/or treating osteoporosis. There's some evidence it may be important for energy and thinking. Several studies compared the effects of low-boron diets (approximately 0.25 mg/day) with high boron diets (about 3.25 mg/day). Low boron intake resulted in a deterioration of certain aspects of cognitive and motor function. (1)
Ingredient Spotlight: Silicon
Silicon is a trace mineral that may be useful for preventing and/or treating osteoporosis and atherosclerosis.(2) Foods high in silicon include beer, bananas, wheat bran, green beans, root vegetables and soybean meal. But the bioavailability of silicon varies considerably among foods and not all silicon-rich foods are good sources of bio-available silicon. I like that Pharmax includes silicone in this formula.
- Vitamin A (as vitamin A acetate) 1500 iu.
- Vitamin C 400 mg (as ascorbic acid: freeze dried mineral ascorbates 3:2)
- Vitamin D (as vitamin D3) 400 iu.
- Vitamin E (as freeze dried d-alpha tocopherol) 100 iu.
- Vitamin K 80 mcg
- Thiamin (Vitamin B1) (as thiamine hydrochloride) 12.5 mg
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) (as pure riboflavin) 12.5 mg
- Niacin (Vitamin B3) (as pure niacinamide) 2 5 mg
- Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine hydrochloride) 12.5 mg
- Folic acid 800 mcg
- Vitamin B12 (as pure hydroxycobalamine) 500 mcg
- Biotin 300 mcg
- Pantothenic acid 50 mg (Vitamin B5) (as calcium pantothenate)
- Calcium 250 mg (as calcium carbonate:di-calcium phosphate: freeze dried calcium citrate 12:2:1) :
- Iron (as freeze dried iron malate) 7.5 mg
- Phosphorus (as di-calcium phosphate) 20 mg
- Iodine (as potassium iodide) 150 mcg
- Magnesium 180mg (as magnesium oxide: freeze dried: magnesium ascorbate 2:1)
- Zinc (as zinc citrate) 7.5 mg
- Selenium (as L-selenomethionine) 100 mcg
- Copper (as copper gluconate) 1 mg
- Manganese (as freeze dried manganese ascorbate) 2.5 mg
- Chromium (as chromium polynicotinate) 120 mcg
- Molybdenum (as potassium molybdate) 75 mcg
- Potassium (as tri-potassium citrate) 12.5 mg
- Inositol 5 mg
- Choline bitartrate 37.5 mg
- Para amino benzoic acid (PABA) 5 mg
- Vanadium (as vanadyl sulfate) 25 mcg
- Boron (as boron proteinate) 500 mcg
- Nickel (as nickel sulfate) 12.5 mcg
- Silicon (as sodium metasilicate) 17.5 mcg
Pillar 2: Essential Fatty Acids
There are two essential fatty acids—one is an omega-6, one is an omega-3. Problem is you can’t swing a rope without hitting twenty foods that are loaded with omega-6’s, including (but hardly limited to) virtually every vegetable oil in your cabinet.
That’s why supplementing with omega-3’s is..well, essential!
Literally hundreds of studies (3) have been done on omega-3’s and the research shows they:
- improve mood
- lower triglycerides
- lower blood pressure
- support brain health
- support heart health
Studies show that low levels of omega-3’s in the blood are associated with everything from attention and behavioral problems to depression to increased risk for cardiovascular disease.
The two best-researched omega-3’s are DHA and EPA, the ones found in fish.
FOUR PILLARS gives you well over a half gram of combined EPA and DHA in each capsule, in the proper ratio of 3:2.
Pillar 3: Antioxidants
Antioxidants are one of the most important classes of nutrients you can consume. They help fight free radical damage which can harm your cells and your DNA (and age your skin to boot)!
Virtually every degenerative disease involves oxidative damage. Oxidative damage "rusts" us from within just as surely as iron rusts over time when exposed to oxygen.
I like that Four Pillars includes an additional antioxidant capsule (in addition to the antioxidants found in the multiple like vitamin C and selenium).
Included in the antioxidant formula is ellagic acid, lutein and lycopene, quercetin, green tea extract, grapeseed extract and mixed berry extract. These provide antioxidants that are rarely found in ordinary multiples.
Ingredient Spotlight: Quercetin
Quercetin is a member of a group of plant chemicals called flavonoids that give color to many fruits and vegetables. It’s a powerful antioxidant which helps disable harmful particles known as free radicals. Free radicals can damage cells, injure your DNA and even cause cell death. Antioxidants like quercetin can reduce or prevent some of this damage. Quercetin is both a potent anticancer agent as well as being anti-inflammatory.(4)
Ingredient Spotlight: Ellagic acid
Ellagic acid is a phytochemical (plant chemical) that’s found in raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, pomegranates and a few other foods. According to the American Cancer Society website (4) a fair amount of research shows that ellagic acid may slow the growth of some tumors. Like quercetin, it’s also an antioxidant and has even been found to cause cell death of cancer cells in the laboratory.(5)
Ingredient Spotlight: EGCG
Green Tea extract is a concentrated form of the catechins found in green tea that are responsible for so many of its health benefits. The main catechin in green tea is known as EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) and is believed to be responsible for green tea’s anti-cancer benefits. It’s now established that green tea may help prevent several different types of cancers in humans.(6) A study on green tea and heart disease concluded that the more green tea people consumed, the less likely they were to have coronary artery disease.
- Alpha lipoic acid 40 mg
- CoQ10 20 mg
- N-acetyl cysteine 80 mg
- Beta-carotene (freeze dried) 5 mg
- Lycopene (freeze dried) 1.5 mg
- Lutein (freeze dried) 1.5mg
- Natural mixed carotenoids 150 mcg
- Ellagic acid 7 mg
- Green tea extract 20 mg
(providing 12mg polyphenols and 8mg catechins) :
- Grapeskin extract 7 mg
- Quercetin 20 mg
- Soy isoflavones (providing 2mg isoflavones) 5 mg
- Pine bark extract 3 mg
- Bilberry extract (Vaccinium myrtillus) 20 mg
- Mixed berry extract 100 mg equivalent to antioxidant content of 25g fresh fruit. (black berry, black currant, blueberry, black cherry)
- Watercress (freeze dried) 20 mg
Pillar 4: Probiotics
Probiotics are living beneficial bacteria that naturally reside in our digestive system.
Many nutritionists now consider probiotics to be one of the basic pillars of a smart supplementation program. They’re that important for optimal health. Probiotics are one of the main reasons naturally fermented foods like yogurt (with active cultures) are so good for us.
Probiotics confer many benefits:
- Immune system support
- Better absorption and assimilation of nutrients
- Maintenance of a healthy gut flora which helps to protect against Candida overgrowth
- Providing direct protection from invasion by pathogenic microorganisms
- Maintaining intestinal integrity and functionality
The Four Pillars probiotic component has been proven in human clinical trials to be effective in protecting against potential enteric infections and overgrowth of undesirable microorganisms as well as providing relief to numerous gastrointestinal complaints.
The Probiotics capsule contains the LAB4 Consortium (2 billion viable cells):
- Lactobacillus acidophilus (2 strains)
- Bifidobacterium bifidum:
- Bifidobacterium lactis:
Everything You Need to Feel Great Everyday…
Packed in to Just 4 Little Pills!
Conveniently packaged for life on the go, this product is perfect for busy people who need a quick and easy way to…
- improve tolerance to stress
- feel great every day
- increase energy levels
- improve memory
Even if you usually take more than 4 pills a day, Four Pillars Daily Supplement is great for traveling so you don’t have to bring a bunch of vitamin bottles with you… or worse yet – an incriminating-looking plastic baggie full of unidentified pills.
Why I Have 100% Confidence Recommending
Anything Made by Pharmax
Pharmax meets (and almost always exceeds) all global manufacturing process requirements for supplements. In fact, every step of their manufacturing process from raw materials manufacturing to packaging and labeling is done in a "clean room" complete with humidity control and dust extraction.
Besides having floors so clean you could literally eat off of them, Pharmax uses innovative technology to improve stability, viability and bioavailability of their ingredients. For example, their NEO-3 and CRYO-3 processes ensure that fish oil retains the natural structure of glycerides that are found in the original oil.
You can't find out much about Pharmax on their website – you can only access the site (and sell their products) if you are a licensed healthcare practitioner (like me).
Rave Reviews for Four Pillars Daily Supplement
"The Four Pillars Daily Supplement is the perfect solution for a busy, on-the-go mom like me. I decided to order the product because I knew that I should take more than just one daily multi-vitamin, but was confused about what other supplements to take, how much, when and how they might interact."
"Four Pillars does the 'work' for me and takes the guesswork out of daily supplements. Plus it is recommended by Jonny, whose advice I value very highly. I love that I can simply throw one daily strip in my bag and have supplements on the go. Terrific product!"
— Sandy from Columbus, OH
"I honestly love Four Pillars Daily not only for the quality but for the convenience. I throw one blister pack in my bag, take the four pills with any meal, and I’m done. They never repeat on me or give me any digestive problems. I’ve been on them for six months now and I’m a fan!"
— Michelle from Sherman Oaks, CA
"I bought four pillars to make taking a multivitamin easier. I didn't want to buy a bunch of separate pills, or take pills multiple times a day. Four pillars worked for me because it took the guesswork out of which pills to take - each daily strip includes the basic supplements, including fish oil and probiotics."
— Elina from Tel Aviv, Israel
"I have purchased and would highly recommend the "Four Pillars Daily Supplement. I love the convenience in the packaging: color-coded tablets in blister packs. I often use them for travel or days when I am on the go. I feel confident that I am getting the necessary supplementation with the ease of just 4 high quality tablets."
— Patrice from Long Beach, CA
"Last year my husband and I turned to a natural food, organic lifestyle to improve our health. When we started out, we were taking 10 or 15 individual vitamins. All of them synthetic.
When we didn't see any changes in our health, we started researching other products and found Four Pillars Daily Supplement on your website. The supplement was exactly what we had been looking for."
"First of all, it wasn't synthetic because the formulations were food based. It gave us vitamins/minerals, antioxidants, omega-3s and probiotics in four easy-to-take capsules."
"We especially liked how the vitamin/mineral and antioxidant supplements are made with each component working together to provide us the best nutrition possible."
"We call them super supplements because they are so much more than your drug store variety vitamin supplement and definitely worth the price. Four Pillars really does provides a good foundation for building a healthy lifestyle. Thank you Jonny Bowden for recommending this great product!"
— Carol & Joe from Paw Paw, WV
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If you don't want to take a fist-full of pills 3x a day then this product is THE BEST option for basic supplementation. It's perfect for busy people who want to take a big step toward improving their health.
Give Four Pillars Daily Supplement a try. I'm sure you'll love it!
Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS
PS - Just 4 capsules a day keeps you covered on The Basics. It's that easy! Still not sure? Try a 1 month trial »
- Nielsen, FH Biochemical and physiologic consequences of boron deprivation in humans. Environ Health Perspect 1994; 102 (Suppl 7): 59-63
- Gaby, Alan, "Nutritional Medicine", (Fritz Perlberg Publishing, 2011)
- Stoll, Andrew, "The Omega-3 Connection"