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Nutritional Supplements - Are They Necessary?

Feb 15, 2008
It has become increasingly evident that we all need to be adding nutritional supplements to our diet. Once upon a time, our ancestors ate mostly fresh and unprocessed food which would have been rich in vitamins, minerals and micronutrients. We no longer get all the necessary nutrients from the food we eat.

Most of the food we eat today is highly processed. Although we realize now that fruit and vegetables are essential to our diet, unfortunately they don't always contain the nutrients that we expect to get from our fruit and vegetables. More people are realizing the advantages of 'organic' but it is not always possible to get freshly picked organically grown, ie no toxic fertilizers or insecticides, fruit and vegetables.

It would seem to me, then, that it is becoming more and more difficult to get the nutrition that our body requires, directly from our food, and it would appear that supplementing our diet would be a wise thing for us all to do.

Try eating 53 peaches in one day. One study has shown that to get the same level of nutrition that was once available in one peach, that is how many we would need to eat.

If you do happen to eat the now recommended 8 servings of fruit and vegetables each day, and they are all grown organically and left to ripen naturally, you'll be in better shape than someone who doesn't. It seems very clear to me, though, that in today's toxic environment our body needs all the help we can give it if it is to repair and regenerate as it should.

It is known now that dietary deficiency and imbalance is a leading cause of ill health in the Western world. Nutrition plays a critical role in the prevention of many diseases like, coronary heart disease, cancer, hypertension, obesity, gingivitis and periodontal diseases, dental caries and non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.

The American Medical Association (AMA) has reversed its long-standing position and stated in an article in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA - June 2002) that everyone should be using nutritional supplements.

Here is a list showing what we need to enable us to maintain optimal health; - something I am sure we are all aiming for.

* Vitamins and minerals are essential for the creation of healthy cells

* Glyconutrients for cell-to-cell communication and immune support

* Plant Nutrients or Phytonutrients, to detoxify the system

* Phytohormones, or plant hormones, are necessary for glandular function

* Essential fatty acids (EFAs), to regulate hormonal function and metabolism

* Essential amino acids serve as the building blocks for all proteins

* Antioxidants give protection from oxidative stress

As it has become more apparent that we need to supplement, more and more supplements have become available to us. We do need to consider very carefully just what supplements we are taking so that we do actually benefit from them. Unfortunately, many supplements today are synthetic and developed in a chemical laboratory, so may not be able to be absorbed into the body. The best nutritional supplements will be composed of whole food and will be manufactured under very strict scientific guidelines.
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