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From: The Sproutarian (
Subject:         Re: My Zinc and Copper yesterday + fairytale ideas on nutrition
Date: November 12, 2014 at 4:02 am PST

In Reply to: Re: My Zinc and Copper yesterday posted by temp on November 12, 2014 at 2:41 am:

Keep up the good work Temp, more poeple need to be made aware of potential deficiencies on the vegan diet.

The fact is that nutrient inbalances such as with most vegan diets can have adverse affects on different people's ability to metabolise nutrients, and a simple blood test is not enough to really ensure we are in the clear.

Some people who eat almost identicle diets can have vastly different blood work,so this tells us that getting 100% RDA's for nutrients does not ensure one will be healthy.

It is important to create diet synergy to try and help optimise nutrient metabolism (virtually no vegan diets do this), and it is important to exceed all RDA's because we need to remember than RDA's are only an average recommendation...the fact is that some people require more nutrients than others, so always best to get more than 100% RDA's and in synergy because it is better to get alittle more than not enough.

Someone the other day was saying that raw vegans can require significantly less nutrients than the average person, but this is only a theory that is not backed by peer reviewed studies, and given that people can have higher needs for various nutrients it is better we get more than risk getting deficient....we don't want to try to buy into theories in order to justify diets that are low in various nutrients because risks deluding oneself, and that can be costly to our health. It has been said that 30% of people need much more B12 than the RDA (they feel better when they exceed the RDA), and that various people have been shown to require 10 times the RDA for B vitamins. Lets not play games here, lets get good levels of nutrition and quit with the fancy theories.

Someone the other day was mentioning about sodium here and saying 68 mg is enough. If that person is eating lots of fruit high in potassium that is going to further reduce the metabolism of sodium in the diet. Sodium is an essential nutrient for good reason and trying to justify such low levels of sodium is dubious reasoning at best. The biggest sodium study ever done in history recently reported what various studies have reported that under 1,500 mg causes early death along with various health problems to numerous to list here right now, and now the peer reviewed studies are recommending up to 4,000 - 5,000 mg of sodium on the provision that potassium is also very high in order to prevent high blood pressure. You may say that 5,000 is too high, but l also say that 100 mg is way too low given what various peer reviewed studies are suggesting. 100 mg is not even 7% of the RDA.

Here is the new landmark study. If people think they can get away with 100 mg or less, l strongly recommend they read the study and rethink that idea.

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