Vitamins and Minerals in Cancer, Hypertension, and Other Diseases

  • Norman J. Temple


It was argued in a preceding chapter (“Diet and Western Disease”) that humans are most likely adapted to the paleolithic diet. Eaton and Konner (1) estimated that such a diet provides a daily intake of 1580 mg calcium, 392 mg vitamin C, and 690 mg sodium. Compared with the typical Western diet the paleolithic one provides approximately twice as much calcium, over four times as much vitamin C, but has a sodium content only about 18% as high. The potassium:sodium ratio was 16.1, whereas in the modern diet it is around 0.7.


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