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How to supplement your diet with essential nutrients.
For a number of years, the author has studied the effects of the following food and nutritional supplement programs, recommended to a large number of patients. They produced a striking and gratifying improvement in health levels and well-being. Also of greatest importance was the fact that they were found to be instrumental in lowering the cholesterol content of the blood and in reducing the amount of harmful blood fats.

The five-step program. Here are the five steps that patients were asked to follow:

1. Include daily as a food supplement at breakfast two to four tablespoonfuls of Lecithin extracted from soya beans.

2. Add to your diet each day B complex vitamins in the most potent form. Avoid the cheaper preparations which provide only small and ineffectual quantities of the vitamins, and have little or no effect on the body. Your doctor or druggist can advise you which brands provide potent quantities of the vitamins.

3. Also add to your daily diet at least 25,000 units of Vitamin A, and 150 mg. of vitamin C.

4. Take two tablespoonfuls of soya bean oil, corn oil or safflower oil daily to provide the essential fatty acid necessary to proper nutrition. The oil may be used as salad dressing, taken with tomato or fruit juice, or in any way you prefer.

5. Include in your diet two to four tablespoonfuls of whole wheat germ each day. This may be eaten as a breakfast cereal with fruit, or sprinkled in your salad.

Patients who successfully followed the oil-free, soybean Leci¬thin program continually volunteered the information that they felt a sense of well-being. They said they had more vitality, did not grow tired as quickly as they had formerly, and were in better general health than before. It is an especially valuable bulwark against development of "hardening of the arteries" and all the complications of heart, brain, and kidney that follow.

How to use soya oil. Oil extracted from the soybean contains a high percentage of unsaturated fatty acids. Recent research has shown that unsaturated fats or fatty acids, such as those found in soybean oil, may act as "blocking" agents to keep harmful fats out of the blood. Soybean oil is now being stocked by many food markets and all special diet food stores. If it is not available at your grocer's, he or your druggist can order it for you. It should be used in place of rich, fatty prepared oil dressings for your salads. For those who must watch their calorie count, allow 135 calories for each tablespoonful of soya oil.

But exactly what are vitamins? At first medical scientists thought they were bio-catalysts, substances that promote chemical reactions in the body without taking a direct part in these reactions. But today it is evident that vitamins often do more than merely aid in chemical reactions. Some of them may actually be substances used structurally by the body.

Of the 13 vitamins usually considered essential for a healthy body, we are most concerned here with the group known as B complex, and with Vitamins A and C.

In B complex, we have a number of substances fundamentally necessary for normal health. They are vital for normal metabolism, and are very valuable as "lipotropic" or fat-combating agents. In addition to helping our bodies handle fats, they also "spark" our hormones and aid in preventing diseases of the nervous system.

Vitamin A, a yellow compound related to substances found in carrots and leafy vegetables, is essential for growth, many bodily functions in the skin and blood vessels, and for resistance against colds and infections.

Vitamin C, which should supplement the diet given in these pages in substantial quantity, is a crystalline substance easily destroyed by cooking. For that reason cooked foods do not provide a very good source of it. It is needed for formation of connective tissue and red blood cells. A deficiency of this vitamin may be partly responsible for dental caries and infections of the gums, loss of appetite, anemia, and under nutrition.

In addition to these important vitamins, a number of minerals are also essential in our diet, especially a diet aimed at preventing and reducing atherosclerosis. For that reason, a rigid adherence to the menus and instructions given in this book is important.

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