Linus Pauling was a rare bird. He was an amazing man who had a profound influence on my interest in nutrition and health.
Pauling was an American chemist, one of the most influential in history. He has the distinction of being the only person to have won two unshared Nobel Prizes: one for Chemistry, the other for Peace.
I first knew of him many years ago after reading his book called, “How to Live Longer and Feel Better” where he advocated the use of high dosages of vitamin C.
One of his legacies is the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. Recently it hosted a Diet and Optimum Health Conference. Here are some of the highlights of the event:
Supplements cannot replace healthy habits. You cannot be a couch potato, eat processed, unhealthful food, and hope that taking even a quality supplement will make up the difference. Eating a Mediterranean diet and exercise are still great habits to practice for optimum health.
Male or female, if you are even remotely considering having children, take a comprehensive multivitamin every day. Not just once you learn you are pregnant (ladies), but every day (men, too). So much fetal development happens before most even know they are pregnant, it is critical to do this.
Vitamin D… the rock star of nutrition. You need to supplement with vitamin D3. Even in the summer. The more information that is learned about this powerful antioxidant, the more critical it is for you to supplement at least 1000 IUs per day.
Omega-3 fatty acids are critical. You need to consume at least 250 mg per day, ideally from fish like wild salmon.
Polyphenols are great for your heart! Organic fruits, green tea, red wine, olives, and especially dark chocolate are great sources.
Remain skeptical. Educate yourself. Find trustworthy sources for information on your health. Don’t run out and buy the next ‘wonder’ product you see on TV or in a health magazine.
Childhood obesity is a massive challenge to the western world… a fight that will be fought and paid for for years to come.
As you can see, Pauling’s legacy lives on and his torch is being carried well.