For years now I have bought and consumed many supplements and read countless scientific articles on studies for both prescription medicine and herbal supplements. After doing searching online, it's clear to me that there are entities in the drug company arena that seek to submarine/undermine the nutritional supplement industry.
I'll make a case here for supplements and show how the big pharma industry is offering virtually identical prescription remedies.
First and most importantly, heart health.
The pharma industry's big drugs:
Lipid profile improvement drugs:
Statin based drugs like Lipitor
Lipid based drug like Lovaza
The supplement industry's hearth health products:
Red Yeast Rice
What is the difference between these products/drugs? NOTHING! Red Yeast Rice is a naturally occurring chemical that curiously looks like a statin drug under chemical analysis:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) position is that red yeast rice products that contain monacolin K, i.e., lovastatin, are identical to a drug and thus subject to regulation as a drug. In 1998, the FDA initiated action to ban a product (Cholestin) containing red yeast rice extract.
The FDA's attempt failed and the drug company's attempt to patent a naturally occurring substance that has been used as a supplement for centuries failed too. I submit the accusation here and now that statin drugs developed by drug companies weren't an accidental discovery. They KNEW Red Yeast Rice's effects on cholesterol and attempted to patent it and submarine the supplement industry in court so they could have the profit for themselves. It FAILED but you don't hear ANY news media on the subject and can only find scant articles online if you dig.
Big pharma is still at it.
Red wine? Resveratrol. Showing in studies to switch on the Sirtuin-1 gene which extends life span, incredibly improves heart health and lipid profiles as well as staves off age related diseases such as diabetes. The big pharma companies are researching sirtuin-1 gene switching drugs based off of, you guessed it, Resveratrol. A supplement you can buy NOW and take NOW to get all the benefits that future "drugs" are going to give you in 20 years when all their "research" and "chemical alterations" are done so they can patent what is already available.
Fish oil? After years of the major drug companies trying to use media propaganda in the 1990's to tell people fish oil/omega-3 fats weren't proven to do anything for health, are now having to accept proven clinical studies that it indeed prevents and treats major hearth health conditions as well as dramatically improving lipid profiles and also cleans arteries of plaque.
CoQ10? Again, this is the chemical your body naturally produces to fuel your heart. It must be taken with statin drugs to maintain proper levels of energy for your heart to beat.
The big pharma industry isn't just stopping there. Let's focus now on prostate reduction therapy, which of course is also tied to hair loss reduction:
The drug industry's medication for prostate reduction:
The supplement company's offering for prostate health:
The mechanism of action? DHT inihibitors. BOTH Avodart AND the listed supplements inhibit DHT production. BUT Nettle Root offers an even more awesome addition which is as an SHGB competitor and estrogen anti-aromatase inhibitor! The great benefit? Reduction of DHT, reduction of estrogen (increased estrogen is a major problem in aging men), and an increase of free testosterone! This has the effect of improving muscle mass, skin elasticity, youthful vigor. However, DHT is a big part of sex drive, so there can be a side effect of decrease sex drive. DHT is testosterone, but it's the testosterone that promotes agressiveness, sex drive, body hair and hair loss. The standard testosterone is more responsible for muscle growth and tissue regeneration. Nettle Root is more gentle than a brute force DHT inhibitor and has several important factors that lend improvement in prostate reduction. I recommend Nettle Root for every man over 30 years of age, period, especially men over 40.
Items that the drug industry have yet to make drugs to emulate but the supplement industry ALREADY offers you for improved health:
Antioxidant supplements such as Resveratrol, Astaxanthin, Quercetin, N-Acetal Cystein and various drink mixes which contain many combinations of these awesome antioxidants. Herbs such as Milk Thistle & Tribulus.
The benefits of these antioxidants include:
Resveratrol = Cellular life extention, postponement of aging diseases due to organ failures such as diabetes & heart disease & circulatory/arterial strength, improved skin elasticity, improved physical endurance, improved immune system health.
N-Acetal Cystein = Lung health promotion and lung function improvement. Already doctors are starting to prescribe this for treatment of asthma and other lung diseases.
Astaxanthin = Improved endurance, youthful skin with better eslasticity, improved immune system response, improved free radical removal.
Milk Thistle = Liver cleanser and liver detoxifier and liver protectant.
Tribulus = Hormone promotion and fertility enhancer. Studies using pure form tribulus as found with the Sopharma and Thermolife brands show increased hormone production and also have shown increased sperm activity and increased sperm count in men. For men with low sperm counts and low sperm activity, tribulus could be used by doctors as a male fertility treatment.
The list goes on and on and you can bet that the drug companies are going to be patenting and advertising their own versions of these same substances to treat these same conditions that these supplements ALREADY help. Also, when taken responsibly, most of these supplements have no known side effects (except POSSIBLY mild sex drive reduction in the case of DHT inhibitors like Nettle Root and the need to take CoQ10 with Red Yeast Rice).
When someone actually bothers to educate themselves on supplements and their fantastic potential on our health, it's no wonder the drug industry constantly wants to lobby to sneak in legislation to limit, control, eliminate the supplement companies. They are direct competition for the most popular current drugs and even FUTURE drugs that are being developed right now.
Here is a list of supplements that I take daily and recommend every man over 30 to take regularly to enhance their quality of life for decades to come:
Resveratrol (for life extention and improved physical endurance)
Astaxanthin (for promoting youthful cellular activity)
N-Acetyl Cystein (I use this to treat my asthma now)
Omega-3 fish oil (10 years ago, I tested and showed a terrible lipid profile, they wanted to put me on drugs, after taking omega-3 fish oil for a few years, my profile is consistently perfect now)
Vitamin-D (my male family members have all tested to have deficiencies in vitamin-D, so I have started on this recently)
Subligual Vitamin-B12 (my male family members have all tested to have deficiencies in vitamin-B12, so I have started on this recently)
CoQ10 - (for heart energy to enhance fitness and exercise endurance)
Tribulus - Thermolife's Tribosten (to enhance my testosterone and hormonal levels)
Nettle Root - (for prostate health and to keep my estrogen low, free testosterone high and to reduce hair loss)