I believe that everyone deserves the right to know what’s really in their food, and in their supplements so they can be absolutely sure they’re really getting what they paid for. Do you?
According to Dr. Linus Pauling, two-time Nobel Prize winner “You can trace every ailment, every sickness, and every disease to a vitamin and mineral deficiency.”
For those of us (like me) who really want to stay young as we grow old, who want vibrant skin, plenty of energy, want go to the beach and not be embarrassed by the way we look, and wake up every day just feeling great, what we put into our bodies is of vital importance.
Do we really need extra vitamins and minerals?
That question is one of the most asked of nutritionists and health experts. It probes deep to the core of what is truly required to be healthy. If we just eat a good diet, get regular exercise and “take care” of ourselves, shouldn’t that be enough?
The answer, unfortunately, is a resounding “no.”
Mark Hyman, M.D., founder and medical director of Ultra Wellness Center in Lenox, Mass. and author of The Ultra Simple Diet, writes “If people eat wild, fresh, organic, local, non-genetically modified food grown in virgin mineral-rich soils, that has not been transported across vast distances and stored for months before being eaten… and work and live outside, breathe only fresh unpolluted air, drink only pure, clean water, sleep nine hours a night, move their bodies every day and are free from chronic stressors and exposure to environmental toxins, then perhaps, they might not need supplements.”
For the rest of us supplements are an absolute necessity.
So, what kind of supplements do we need? Are all supplements equal? And if they’re not, what should we look for in a vitamin and mineral supplement?
Just as we have become more aware of the need to read labels on the foods we eat, we also need to learn to read the labels of our nutritional supplements.
Living things can be produced only from living things, never from non–living matter. Natural foods contain live vitamins, organic minerals, enzymes, and other vital, functional, alive components, all organized (organically) by the sun, rain, water, soil’s nutrients, and living bacteria.
Foods contain innumerable substances, many of which are—and may always be—unknown, that produce a combined effect to which a single ingredient cannot compare.
It’s important to know that you should not use “tablets” or “liquid” vitamin supplements. Tablets must add binders and are often so hard that they never dissolve. Liquid supplements must be heated to a high degree, which will literally destroy and degrade the natural compounds, as well as digestive enzymes or probiotics. A powder form, added to a drink, or encapsulated are best.
There are about 110 companies who sell vitamins in the United States. Fewer than 5 of them use whole food based vitamins. The reason is simple: Whole food vitamins are expensive to make. It costs about twice as much for a good quality supplement.
Americans spend over $25 billion per year on supplements for synthetic vitamins that are, at best, providing only marginal benefits, and at worst, making us sicker. Common sense dictates it’s better to pay more for a high quality, whole-food supplement than to purchase inferior-grade products that probably won’t give you any benefits.
After all, don’t you agree if you don’t have your health, nothing else really matters?
Eat whole foods when you take your vitamins. As stated, all nutrients usually require other compounds or nutrients (sometimes called co-factors) to function correctly in the body. If you are eating fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains when taking your supplements, it means there will be a good variety of compounds available to act as co-factors giving you a greater chance your products will be functioning as they should.
Chemically “pure” refined, fractionated and synthetic vitamins, on the other hand, are dead, inert materials, non-perishable and devoid of enzymes.
Ideally, all your supplements should adhere to the same criteria for good health: made from “fresh, organic, local non-genetically modified food grown in virgin mineral-rich soils”, and processed within hours of picking to ensure maximum nutritional content.
Check your multi. Does it say “ascorbic acid”? That’s only 1 part of Vitamin C. The other 7 parts are missing, and you’ll only find them in a natural whole-food source. Look instead for vitamin C that comes from Acerola Cherries, with all of its goodness intact.
Does the label on your multi say “cholecalciferol” next to the “Vitamin D”? Did you know that cholecalciferol is actually sourced from irradiated lamb’s wool? (At first, I didn’t believe it either, but it’s true. Check it out on Wikipedia.) Instead, look for Vitamin D that comes from organic mushrooms, or other whole food sources.
Whole food vitamins are obtained by taking a vitamin-rich plant, removing the water and the fiber in a cold vacuum process, free of chemicals, and then packaging for stability. In this way, the entire vitamin complex can be captured intact, retaining its functional and nutritional integrity. It should be processed immediately after picking.
Consuming whole food based supplements will help bridge the gap between your diet and the nutrition you need for optimal health. And by supplementing with the good of whole foods, you’ll avoid all the problems associated with vitamin supplements, and nourish your body for a life well lived.
And, best of all, your whole food vitamins will keep you young instead of making you old. Isn’t it wonderful to really get what you paid for?
Adrienne Falcone Godsell has worked with Touchstone Essentials, a company based in Raleigh, North Carolina from its beginning stages. Touchstone Essentials ships absolutely pure, whole food nutritional supplements to over 35 countries.
Being a nutrition coach after being in the culinary field for 25 years, Adrienne has made it her mission to empower people who are sick and tired of being sick and tired, through education, that they can change their health through food that tastes good and is good for them.
E-mail Adrienne at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a FREE, simple to use, vitamin chart that will take out all the guesswork for you and make it easy for you to tell whether any supplement is whole food or synthetic .