Are Supplements a Waste of Money?
Walk into any Walgreens or local supermarket, and you’ll see an entire aisle dedicated to supplements. The supplement industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that continues to grow each year.
There’s been much controversy surrounding the question of whether or not you need to take supplements. Critics claim that vitamin supplements are a waste of money, as you can get all the nutrients you need from your diet. They also claim that most people are not, in fact, nutritionally deficient, thanks to all the fortified foods on the market.
But is this the truth? Are supplements are a total waste of money?
Here’s the short answer…
Supplements are the BEST health insurance.
But it has to be the right type of supplements. Allow me to investigate.
Synthetic fertilizers radically decreases nutrient density, including valuable micronutrients that have long ago largely vanished from most of these soils.
I believe a strong case can be made that many people—especially if you do not eat a diet of unprocessed, organically-raised foods—are suffering from nutritional deficiencies of varying kinds and to varying degrees. To suggest the general population of Americans consume a nutrient dense diet is complete nonsense and shows extreme ignorance of the facts.
In a perfect world we would be getting all of our nutrients from food. The truth of the matter is that in this day & age that is almost impossible; soil quality, people “saving” their money, cooking methods, etc…
Not all supplements are created equal. Vitamins from foods in their natural, complex configurations are vastly different than the single, separated or chemically-manufactured, drug-like substances commonly viewed as and called vitamins. Synthetic vitamins are recognized as a drug to the human body; they have little or no value to livings cells.
Every individual is unique in their nutritional requirements. One person may require 10 times as much vitamin A or vitamin C as another person. This is called biochemical individuality.
The human body is remarkable, and smarter than the lab coats. When vitamins contain whole nutritional complexes, the body can choose it’s need for assimilation and excrete what it does not need. This is called selective absorption.
On the other hand, with fractionated or isolated synthetic vitamins, there is no choice; the body must handle the chemical in some manner and can suffer consequences of biochemical imbalances and toxic overdose. Since the body doesn’t absorb these synthetic vitamins, you end up urinating most if it away. This is called EXPENSIVE PEE.
There’s a lot of confusion about supplementation because there’s thousands and thousands of supplements that you can buy.
There’s a select few that are more important than others. Here are my top 4 supplements to take every day:
#1 A high quality sourced animal fats omega 3 supplement. Krill with astaxanthin is my go to. Keep your fish oil in the fridge and away from light. I use this Krill Oil: http://bit.ly/2i7lnNK
#2 Supplemental form of good bacteria: probiotic. Take them on an empty stomach. I use this probiotic: http://bit.ly/2seX4q9
#3 High quality antioxidant because free radical damage is pervasive in the acceleration of many diseases and in accelerates aging. (coq10, Ubiquinol, Quercetin, Turmeric) I use this Antioxidant: http://bit.ly/2rZglrr
#4 a high quality organic and whole foods sourced multivitamin to fill in all the gaps. this is the best health insurance out there. Organic Whole Foods Sourced Multivitamin: http://bit.ly/1hw8KKG
Here are my sources. I encourage you to do some digging for yourself.
E. Cheraskin, and W.M. Ringsdorf, Jr., New Hope For Incurable Diseases, (Jericho: Exposition, 1971), pp. 83.85
DeCava Judith, CNC, LNC The Real Truth About Vitamins & Anti-oxidants. (Selene River Press 2006), pp. 7-8.