After watching Food Matters for the umpteenth time yesterday at Sprout, and see the reaction of our audience on multivitamins, vitamins supplements and other supplements, I thought it was a good idea to clarify once for all the importance of supplementation.
What I hear more often is: aren’t we meant to be getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals from our foods?
Ideally yes, we as humans should be consuming our vitamins and minerals through foods in their whole, natural and organic form with all the essential co-factors and enzymes essential for delivering the nutrients directly to our cells. However, the inconvenient truth is that food ain’t what it used to be since our soils are now poor in essential minerals and consequently, our plants are deficient in these nutrients too.
The better option is, therefore, to supplement (in conjunction with a healthy diet); a good supplementation plan includes:
Multi-Vitamin/mineral: a good multivitamin/mineral really is crucial; good products are Glucobalance from Biotics Research, My Favourite Multiple from Natrol and Allergy Multi from Twin Lab.
Vitamin C: is one of the most important antioxidants, anti-viral and anti-bacterial, aiding in the prevention of cataracts and helping to lower cholesterol. Vitamin C is a great antidote for neutralizing free radicals that will cause premature aging, great for cold / flu and for fighting stress.
It is important to know that Vitamin C is not produced by the body.
Essential Fats: these oils are great to maintain healthy hair and skin, elevate moods, nourish your brain, assist in a healthy pregnancy, increase energy, and regulate blood sugar.
Essential fatty acids or EFA’s also cannot be made by the body.
Vitamin B Complex: B vitamins are essential for growth, development, and a variety of other bodily functions. They play a major role in the activities of enzymes, proteins that regulate chemical reactions in the body, which are important in turning food into energy and other needed substances.
B vitamins are found in plant and animal food sources.
Probiotics: help to boost our immune system by assisting the body to absorb nutrients. Since 80% of our immune system is located in the digestive system, when good bacteria get destroyed by stress, poor diet and antibiotics, probiotics help the digestive system by balancing out the good and bad bacteria.
Want to know more about supplements? I strongly suggest anyone to read the Diet Cure by Julia Ross.