We clearly need a new measure to answer the question, What
are the optimum levels to maintain health, rather than
the minimum levels to prevent disease?
One version of this measure is called the SODA Suggested
Optimum Daily Amount.
From surveys of healthy diets I have calculated SODAs for the
nutrients which research shows are capable of strengthening the
immune system and defending against free radical damage - and
therefore cutting the risk of heart disease, strokes, certain
cancers and Alzheimers.
Since most vitamin and mineral supplements on the market use
the RDAs as their baseline, it follows that most supplements are
It makes no sense to take less than the therapeutic dose.
Research shows that the nutritional healing approach based on
SODA levels can work wonders. It can dramatically reduce the risk
of heart disease; it can open blocked arteries, improve a failing
immune system, speed up the body's ability to heal wounds. It
can increase energy, maintain mental function, and boost the sex
And it can do more. Life extension is no longer over the horizon.