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Should You Take Vitamins?

multivitaminMany doctors tell their patients that nutrition supplementation is not needed. Well, I beg to differ. First of all, it is virtually impossible to meet the recommended daily values for vitamins and minerals with proper diet alone. Health authorities recommend that we eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily and 2-3 servings of ocean fish a week. Are you able to reach these goals? Even if you were able to eat this well, it is unlikely that you are getting all the nutrients your body needs for optimal health. I’ll tell you why:

  1. In the United States, our soil is stripped of many essential nutrients because of the fast turnover of crops.
  2. Many foods lose much of their nutrient density within days of harvest. Therefore, most fruits and vegetables at the supermarket are nutrient depleted.
  3. The cooking process also strips our food of essential vitamins and minerals.
  4. These days, our society depends too much on processed foods. Today’s average diet, consisting of fast food, bars, shakes, and high sugar foods, is a joke.

Another big issue is that the United States RDA (Recommended Daily Allowances) levels are not realistic. The RDA indicates the amount of vitamins and minerals needed to prevent overt deficiency diseases, like scurvy and rickets. Also, these levels were developed for “average people”. Average is defined as under the age of 60, within ideal body weight, low stress life, medication free, and normal digestion. Obviously, this disqualifies most Americans. The RDA’s also do not evaluate many antioxidants, phytonutrients, and herbs, which are essential for optimal health. There are new phytochemicals that are being discovered everyday. For instance, Bioflavonoids and Quercetin are used to support immune function, connective tissue and capillary health. Also, EGCg, an extract from green tea can aid in weight loss.

Therefore, I am urging you all to take a good quality, pharmaceutical grade multi-vitamin/mineral supplement with most nutrient levels well over the RDA and added antioxidants and phytonutrients. I also recommend that all Americans supplement with extra Calcium/Magnesium and Omega 3 fish oils.

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