When administered in high doses, vitamins can be used to treat various diseases, including many diseases that conventional medicine fails to cure such as the case of schizophrenia or arthritis.
In the 50s began the first research showing the therapeutic effects of vitamins. In 1955, the Canadian doctor Abram Hoffer published a study showing that niacin (vitamin B3) reduced levels of cholesterol without causing any side effects.
Then there were many researches replicated this study with the same results. Unfortunately, pharmaceutical companies have achieved much more power when it comes to market and sell their pharmaceutical products to lower cholesterol, so many doctors do not even know these investigations.
However, in 1986 a major study was conducted comparing niacin with drugs commonly used to lower cholesterol and niacin was more effective than either of them. From that moment, he began to spread the use of niacin, so now niacin is recognized as one of the most effective treatments to lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and raise HDL (good cholesterol).
In fact, vitamin B3, due to the huge number of functions performed, is one of the most commonly used vitamins to treat diseases such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, tension headache, detoxification, cholesterol, alcoholism, cancer and schizophrenia.
Gradually, the interest increased in learning about the use of vitamins and minerals to treat various diseases, leading to orthomolecular medicine, a term coined by biochemist namely Linus Pailing, that is, one that uses dose of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals or amino acids much higher than recommended to treat psychological and physical disease.
While all people need vitamins to live, the needs vary by age, sex, health status and stress level of a person. So the normal dose that most healthy people need is very different from the dose much higher, requiring a person with a certain disease or subjected to high levels of stress.
Since vitamins, especially the water-soluble, such as vitamin B or C can be taken in high doses without producing toxic effects and can be used safely and are available without prescription at any herbalist, which is a mode to everyone to maintain health and treat their own illnesses. For example, taking several pills of 500 mg of vitamin C in a day can cause flu is more like a mild cold for two or three days. With the fat-soluble vitamins such as A and E should be more careful and it is preferable not to use them in high doses without medical supervision.
Orthomolecular medicine allows people to be their own doctors, maintaining a young age thinking brain, keep free of disease over time by regular use of vitamin and mineral supplements, and treat their own illnesses.
When using supplements!
Supplements can be used in case of illness, during particularly stressful periods after surgery in admissions in hospitals (where food is not usually good and the stress level may be high), in cases of imbalance or emotional upset, or as prevention for certain times.
Some people take supplements regularly every day throughout their lives. Among the physicians practicing orthomolecular medicine, it is usual to do this and the fact is that each emphasizes its longevity, good health, vitality and desire to work at ages when most are retired and are not wanting to work at all.
Why do orthomolecular medicine work?
Actually, it makes perfect sense that vitamins and minerals serve to treat diseases, since the body has a great capacity to heal itself, prevent disease and stay healthy, even in old age, but to do so you need to have basic working tools i.e. sufficient amounts of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids. Unfortunately, they are not always obtained with dietary required amounts either due to poor diet or by increasing requirements for certain vitamins or by low nutritional value of many foods today. This makes the body less able to heal and fight infections and we become more prone to the emergence of all kinds of diseases.
In short, it still seems that there is much to learn about vitamins and their use, which can only be achieved if the investigation continues and you consider that each vitamin is different and may require a different way of using it is necessary to discover its effects. Please, visit Mens Weekly to enrich your knowledge in this regard.