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Paul Sullivan, RPh RxN
"Mineral Nutrients, vitamins, and trace elements are essential for the growth and development of a multi cellular organism. Today, an adequate supply of nutrients is often unattainable solely through a well-balanced diet, so a targeted, individually designed dietary supplement regime is necessary. Nutrient deficiency, which is impossible to detect through plasma levels alone, is reliably detected through the intracellular measurement of the nutrient levels in the blood. Two case studies presented here indicate the need for supplementation as improvement in nutritional behavior could not replenish already exhausted nutrient reservoirs. Only supplementation was able to significantly boost nutrient levels and confer beneficial effects on general welfare, physical performance, and resistance to infections. Therefore, it appears that nutritional supplements are advisable for everyone."
-Wienecke E1, Gruenwald J., https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18029339
In today's modern world, overload of stress, poor diet and food supply, and exposure to toxins gives us enough reasons to support our bodies with natural enzymes, vitamins, and minerals.
As the Standard American Diet shifts further from being nutrient dense, nutrition deficiency becomes a real problem for everyone. Even if you consider yourself a healthy eater, we can no longer rely on our food supply to provide us with the nutrients we need on a daily basis.
Plants are grown on the same land repeatedly, and the soil loses vitamins, minerals, and microbes faster than they can be replaced, giving the plants fewer nutrients to grow. Fertilizer contains just enough nutrition for the plant to survive until harvesting, but not enough to support human health. Modern farming techniques utilize chemicals that deplete the soil that the plants grow in. As the plants are growing, using herbicides, pesticides, and insecticides further deplete the plants. Because of soil depletion, crops grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today.
In addition, most plants are not harvested fresh. They sit on trucks, shelves, and counters for weeks before being eaten. Over time, the nutrient content of these plants decreases. Commercial harvesting, shipping processes, long term food storage, processing, addition of preservatives, and even cooking degrades the nutrient content of food.
Pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals found in the food supply, combined with chemicals in many sources of water, with environmental contamination from elements (such as degraded plastic, air pollution from carbon monoxide, lead and mercury), all promote toxic buildup in our cells. These elements increase our need for extra vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to help detoxify and eliminate these harmful substances from our bodies, properly.
Increased Usage of Prescription Medications
Whether you take a pharmaceutical like an antibiotic, or take a drug long term, your need for specific nutrients increases. You must be aware that many prescriptions, as well as commonly used over-the-counter drugs, cause potentially serious nutrient depletions. Take an assessment to see what medications are causing drug-induced nutrient depletion.
Prevention of Disease
Many nutrients have been proven to prevent or aid with symptoms of health conditions like high cholesterol, arthritis, birth defects, cancer and more. A foundation core of antioxidants, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients help prevent a variety of chronic diseases. Recent research evidence suggest high doses of vitamins C, E, and other antioxidants can accomplish a similar effect in people who either do not get the required levels of antioxidants in their diet, or have poor absorption of vitamins in the first place. Click here to find out how you can get your recommendations using the latest scientific studies.
Nutrition Absorption Decreases with Age
Your ability to absorb nutrients from food actually decreases as you age, making it even more important for elders to take supplements.
Kids Nutrition Essential for Growth
Vitamins are essential for the proper growth and development for all kids. For many reasons, some children are unable to eat a wide variety of food and may be short-cutting their vitamin requirements, which gives a good reason for them to supplement. Click Here for a pharmaceutical grade multi for children.
“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”