There are many pros and cons about taking supplements, but in the
words of Mark Hyman, MD:
“You don’t need a supplement ONLY if you eat wild, fresh, whole, organic, local, non-genetically modified food grown in virgin mineral and nutrient soils, and not transported across vast distances and stored for months before eaten . . . work and live outside, breathe only fresh unpolluted air, drink only pure, clean water, sleep nine hours a night, move your body every day,and are free from chronic stressors and exposures to environmental toxins.”
There is a story of a man who had been sick for five years with debilitating depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, with no hope of recovery offered by the medical profession. After a very carefully made supplementation plan, under medical supervision and with integrated practitioners. The man fully recovered and continues to be in vibrant health today.
Some research shows that vitamin and mineral supplementation may provide some protection against conditions which are associated with chronic nutrient deficiencies. These benefits may include:
Lower risk of nutritional deficiencies
Maintenance of muscle strength
Increased sexual function
Superior cognitive functioning
A supplement is not intended as a whole food replacement, but multivitamins can top up the missing nutrients that even the healthiest of modern diets may be lacking.
Check out the nutrient declines which were measured in fresh vegetables from 1975 to 1997:
Calcium – 12%
Vitamin A – 21%
Iron – 37%
Vitamin C – 30%
So even if you’re doing your best to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, there’s still a good chance that you may not be getting the 40+ nutrients we require on a daily basis!
Should I Take A Multivitamin?
There are certain red flags that highlight an extra need to take a supplement:
Is your diet a little less than healthy?
Do you diet or eat restrictively for other reasons?
Do you avoid whole food groups? For example grains/gluten, dairy, meat. This also potentially alters your nutrient intake.
If you belong at one of these at-risk group for vitamin or mineral deficiencies, then a daily multivitamin may be a good insurance policy for your health.
check out www.foodmatters.com for more details.
A very good supplement program is with Nutrifii brand, I am on a regiment of vitamins, minerals, omega Q, and MOA (8th wonder of the world – a superfood). If you would be interested in finding out more about these supplements go to terry.exploreariix.com and check out the products.