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I've done some research on vitamins and thought I'd pass it along (I'd like to see more practical info on this site). The folks at Rodale press (organic gardening) have basically come to the conclusion that all vitamin supplements are so highly processed that the extra expense one incures buying "natural vitamins" is not necessary. Vitamins A,B,C,and D and the minerals zinc,calcium,and magnesium are required in greater amounts during times of stress. Ascorbic acid powder is probably the cheapest form of Vit.C. Because of its bulk Vit.C is not found in adequate amounts in a multi-purpose supplement. Calcium is the other nutrient not found in adequate amounts in multi-vitamins. Bioflavinoids are nutrients that often accompany Vit.C in nature and are found in combination in some supplements. These bioflavinoids have been shown to ameliorate the effects of radiation sickness. If you have a sensitive stomach calcium ascorbate is a good alternative to ascorbic acid. Vit.E is an important immune system booster. Radiation exposure can create free radicals in the body and Vit.E appears to neutralize these potentially harmful molecules. Zinc is important for proper functing of the immune system and for wound healing. The human body easily absorbs zinc in any form, so choose the cheapest- zinc gluconate. Supplements that contain vitamins and minerals together don't store well (shelf life of about 2 years) because certain minerals interact with the vitamins, lessening their potency. Freezing nutritional supplements extends their shelf life. For more info on food storage send an e-mail request.

-- skipper clark (, July 15, 1998


This is really a question Skipper, what do you think of Aphanizomenon flos-aquae as a source of vits/amino acids/ minerals. I find it marvellous, better than any other supplement I've used. It's saved my life by restoring my mental balance after years of insomnia. I recommended it to others who say its cured chronic problems (eg headaches). Regards Richard

-- Richard Dale (, July 16, 1998.

I recommend to all purchasing and reading "The Wheatgrass Book" by Ann Wigmore. Pay attention, buy extra wheat for your food storage, buy a wheatgrass juicer and start growing wheatgrass. There is not, in my humble opinion, very amny things that you can put in your body that will do as much good for it as freshly juiced wheatgrass. It is loaded with vitamins,. mineral and enzymes, all vitally important to the body, and has been proven to actually reverse the damage done on a cellular level caused by radiation exposure. The book is inexpensive (under $10.00) and growing wheatgrass is cheap and easy. It requires a "grinder" which runs anywhere from $69.00 for a good heavy manual grinder that comes with a lifetime guarantee up to about $200.00 for a fancy electric grinder. The manual grinder can also produce juices form soft fruits for anyone who happens to be fortunate enough to live in a climate where anything like that might grow naturally.


-- cynthia (, July 17, 1998.

IMO wheatgrass juice and sprouts are a critical part of any storage program. Wheatgrass juice contains 17 amino acids, including every one our bodies cannot synthesize. It supplies many minerals in the form of easily absorbed mineral salts. It is a good source of calcium,sodium, potassium,magnesium,it contains some iron,and other trace minerals as well. It is a good source of the B-complex group. I use groundcover planting flats to grow the grass in, and put about 1" of compost I've created in it. I think this is an important step to increase the nutrient levels- my grass is dark green, unlike the paler green I've seen at juice bars. Use scissors to cut the grass once it has gotten 5-7" tall. Juice and drink it (1-4 oz.) immediately- the benefits dissipate quickly. Purchase a quality juice- not a $40-50 model. Two sources are at 800-248-1475 and 330-857-5757. I don't grow the grass for cutting a second time- it gets kind of tough. I feed it to my chickens. I understand the juice speeds healing when used as a poultice, and that it soothes sunburned skin and can act as a disinfectant. The chlorophyll (up to 70% of the juice's content) ameliorates the toxic effects of exposure to radiation. Using a little kelp powder mixed in the water you use to water the grass the first day or two is supposed to add extra trace minerals and iodine to the juice you extract later. Sprouts are the other superfood you must be ready to grow. The basic rules of sprouting are 1. Keep the sprouts moist,never soggy. 2. Rinse the sprouts often- at least twice a day. 3. Grow the sprouts at room temp. 4. Give the sprouts room to expand and breathe. Several combinations are 1. 1/3 each of mung,lentil and alfalfa (the tastiest combo). 2. Wheat,rye and flax (2 parts wheat,2 parts rye,one part flax). Eat this combo when the sprouts are only as long as the seeds. Lifesprouts 801-245-3891 has come up with an interesting mix- adzuki beans,fenugreek (doesn't take much of this),lentils,whole green peas,mung beans,triticale and wheat. The owner of lifesprouts believes the seed should be packaged in air- but he is wrong on this account. His seed mix in air lasts about 8 years,whereas I've tested seed stored twice that long that had sprouting rates of over 90%. Your food storage plan MUST include these live foods to be a success. There are nutritional deficiencies in professionally prepared plans! Also store sunflower seeds and almonds.

-- skipper clark (, July 19, 1998.

I found the new phone number for Life Sprouts; 435-245-3891 or try their web site at

-- Ken D. (, November 23, 2004.

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