MegaFood Reinvents Their Multiple Vitamins With a Purpose

Dr. Erin Stokes


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I have been a MegaFood customer for over 40 years. There is no other company that even comes close to being around that long. Most supplement companies of today were not even around at that time. And most companies from that time are no longer in existence. It’s astounding to me to reflect on that. I remember what attracted me to the company when their brand was Essential Organics. They were one of the first brands to include food and herbs in their vitamins. I loved that brand. I have been a customer all through the years as it morphed into MegaFood and FoodState. MegaFood has now become one of the top tier food based company in the natural products industry.

Recent years have seen the collaboration of MegaFood with Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Tieroana Low Dog. This collaboration has lead to an innovative rethinking of the role of multi vitamins and how they can be designed to better serve the consumer. MegaFood does a lot of specific things to differentiate itself and we have done many interviews here where we discuss these distinctions. You can easily learn more by listening to our other MegaFood interviews.


In some ways I think the first step is for consumers to consider MegaFood as a supplement line. It is very different and MegaFood strives to add nutritional value to their supplements in way that is unlike any other company. It is important that you understand and appreciate the MegaFood difference. Once you are on board with MegaFood, then you get to explore their many products.

Fortify Your LifeThis interview is largely about the new approach to multi-vitamins. You can learn more from Dr. LowDog in her new book Fortify Your Life. Dr. LowDog and MegaFood worked long and hard to create products that will meet most of your basic nutritional needs. Dr. Erin Stokes will discuss the rationale behind the formulas. The approach is basically this; your multi-vitamin is two per day and is age and gender specific. There is no calcium in the multi-vitamin as calcium is impossible to get in significant amounts in most multis. MegaFood has a separate calcium bone formula that is designed to let you adjust the calcium to your specific needs and to get enough calcium to make a difference in the formula. Separating the multi from the calcium helps ensure you will get the best amount of both. You can also listen to my previous interview with Dr. LowDog on her book Life is Your Best Medicine. Dr. LowDog is an inspiring healer.

Another common problem with multi-vitamins is that they are very high in some vitamins and very low in others. MegaFood dosages are in the range of the recommended daily values and designed to provide most nutrients in significant values. The nutrients are in the forms most easily utilized. MegaFood nutrients are in food state form and are easily digested by people, even with the most sensitive stomachs.

In this interview with Dr. Erin Stokes, you will learn about how Dr. LowDog and MegaFood have addressed some of the issues with common multi-vitamins. One way to have confidence in a brand is to look at who recommends those brands. If you have confidence in an expert like Dr. Andrew Weil, then his endorsement should go a long way in giving you confidence in the products he recommends. It’s good to have friends in high places.

MegaFood CertificationsMegaFood products are certified to be pure and free of most common allergens. They are easy to digest, even by people with the most sensitive stomachs. MegaFood products are easily tolerated even on an empty stomach.

About Dr. Erin Stokes

Dr. Erin Stokes, is a Naturopathic Doctor and the Medical Director at FoodState.  Erin received her Naturopathic Doctor degree from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, in 2001. She combines her experience as a Naturopathic Doctor with an extensive background in the natural products industry. Erin’s personal mission is to empower people with the inspiration and tools to change their lives. Dr. Stokes practices naturopathic medicine in Boulder, CO.





A Scientific Approach to Building Better Bones

Richard Passwater, Jr.

Bone Support

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Do you remember the days not so long ago that the only recommended solution to bone loss was “Take more calcium”? Doctors routinely told women to increase calcium to 1200 mg to 1500 mg. per day. They were also told to just take cheap calcium carbonite because the form of calcium was unimportant. Millions of women did just that only to discover that it did not build healthier bones. Bone loss continued for women who relied on that advice.

There was never any consideration for the multitude of other nutrients that are necessary for healthy bone support. It’s not so much that we didn’t have the understanding that we now have about the important roles these other nutrients play, it is the certainty that doctors prescribed the calcium solution as if it were settled science. Take more calcium was the mantra for decades. Problem is, it doesn’t work. The other problem is that we now know that too much calcium can be an issue.

Now we have a medical model that only wants to recommend the bisphosponate drugs as the solution the the osteoporosis crisis. The risks and side effects are seldom considered as cautions by doctors. These drugs are recommend for 5 years and then women must come off them. Then what? I’ve never met a woman who kn0ws what are the options after 5 years. This is a big concern.

The solution to building bones naturally is to take a comprehensive approach that includes some very specific nutrients. The challenge is to take all of these nutrients in the dosages required and in the forms that have been shown to produce results. We have done many shows on bone health and the nutrients needed. You can listen to those podcasts and you will have a great nutritional model to follow. In all cases, you should take the correct form of the nutrients in the recommended dosage. You need to take them consistently between bone density scans. If you commit to doing all of the right things you will have the best chance for success.

One of the most significant nutrient for bone health is orthosilicic acid, sold as BioSil. BioSil is a form of silica that has been shown through clinical studies to increase the bodies production of collagen. Collagen is the protein that forms the framework for bones. Collagen provides for flexibility and calcium provides the strength. Bones should be strong and flexible, which helps bone withstand stress. Increasing collagen throughout the body can improve structure throughout the body. BioSil has also been clinically shown to support skin, hair and nails. You can learn more in my previous interviews with Richard Passwater Jr.

In this interview with Richard Passwater you will learn about the clinical science with BioSil and bone strength. BioSil has shown these benefits in clinical studies:

  • BioSil_AwardBioSil increases collagen formation at both 6 months and 12 months.
  • BioSil increases bone mineral density at the hip in 12 months.
  • BioSil has been shown to grow new bone, not just slow bone loss.
  • BioSil has been shown to improve hair, skin and nails.

My own speculation is that BioSil would be useful throughout the body because it is the central protein that holds our cells together. Improvments in the collagen in hair, skin, bone and nails would suggest to me that BioSil is likely beneficial everywhere collagen exists in the body.

We will also discuss some of the other nutrients that support bone health. What the science has revealed about building bone health is that it is not only about the amount of calcium. We now know that too much calcium is detrimental. We have learned that bone health is a complex interplay of many nutrients which each have a unique role. We will discuss some of those nutrients such as vitamin K-2.

So how can women have confidence that a nutritional program is likely to help? We now know more calcium is not the answer, so what is the solution. There are three things I will suggest:

  1. Explore the science of bone health and the various nutrients that have been shown to offer benefit. Building healthy bone comes from the multiple effects of multiple nutrients. These include vitamin D-3, vitamin K-2, Strontium, BioSil and various others. Listen to our other interviews with experts on osteoporosis.
  2. Listen to the experience of others. My wife is a great example. At age 56 it was recommended that she take one of the bone building drugs. We rejected that option and she began an intensive bone building program. After 7 years her bone density increased by 7 percent. You can hear her story here. You should also listen to my interview with Laura Pizzorno. Her book documents her success with building bone successfully with intensive nutritional support. One can build bone, even in their 60’s as these women did.
  3. You have to be consistent. You have to commit to a variety of nutrients for at least a year or two between bone density scans. You should commit to using the clinically studied forms of nutrients such as BioSil. Use the studied nutrients in the studied doses. Each nutrient is different and it is the additive effect of one nutrient with another that will give you the best success.  Be sure to include BioSil.

To learn about these other benefits, listen to my previous interviews with Richard Passwater Jr.

To learn more go the the manufacturer’s website

Christie_BrinkleyFYI: Supermodel Christie Brinkley has used BioSil personally and has now written about it in her new beauty book. This is a case where she is a big fan of BioSil. It never hurts to  have someone like Christie Brinkley love your product. “I take BioSil every day, and I’m simply amazed at the results I see on my skin, hair, and nails. I never miss a day. Seriously!” Christie Brinkley. Read more of what Christie has to say about BioSil here.


About Richard Passwater
Richard Passwater, Jr., works for Bio Minerals NV, the Belgian dietary supplement manufacturer of BioSil.  Over the past 22 years, Richard has held a variety of technical, sales and quality control positions in the dietary supplement industry and has written over 90 articles, co-authored two peer-reviewed scientific studies and is a co-inventor of three patents. He frequently discusses collagen related topics in various venues around the world.Natural Factors


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