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Why Take Food Supplements?

Why even take food supplements?  Are they even necessary?  Do they work?  Why not just eat the right foods?  What are the right foods?  There are so many food supplements out there, what are the criteria to use to decide which ones to take and which ones work the best?

With so much processed food in the marketplace, obesity in adults and children dramatically on the rise, and digestive problems increasingly more common, it's clear that we're facing a serious food crisis in this country. The answer, however, isn't just to go on a diet. Reducing the intake of refined and processed foods and increasing whole foods certainly can improve one's health. But we need more.

Ask most doctors these days what is their opinion of food supplements.  The most prevalent answer is:
"All you need is a good multi-vitamin and a good anti-oxidant."

The reason the American Dietetic Association and most dietitians do not recommend taking supplements is due to the fact that they believe that you can get all the nutrients you need from the food you eat. Yes, you possibly could, but do you?

Do you eat five to seven servings of fresh fruits and raw vegetables a day?

Were the fruits ripe before they were picked?

Did the soil that your vegetables were grown in have all of the trace minerals in the ground?

Do you eat  three balanced meals everyday?

Do you eat your vegetables raw?

Were the fruits and vegetables that you bought from the supermarket that came from Mexico or Honduras  ripened on the vine?

Was your produce sitting in a storage shed for months before you bought it?

Can you wash the pesticides off your fruits and vegetables?

Is your produce genetically engineered?

Do you have a family history of heart disease, diabetes or cancer? 

Are you eating organically grown food or commercially chemicalized food?

Do you make a good attempt to eat three balanced healthy meals a day? Do you find it difficult to accomplish this important task consistently?  For this reason it is a good idea to supplement your diet with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Supplementation is like an insurance program. We insure our homes and automobiles twelve months of the year without questioning the reason why. Doesn’t it make sense to insure that our body is getting the proper nutrients 365 days of the year so it can work more efficiently and prevent disease?

    At a health class, an instructor asked the question, “how many of you eat a balanced meal three times per day or feel that you were eating properly?”  Not one person raised a hand.  Then he asked them how many ate breakfast that morning?  Over two thirds of them didn’t eat the most important meal of the day!
    The remaining one third admitted to drinking coffee and eating toast, donuts or some other fast food.  Without question, we are what we eat, drink, digest, absorb and eliminate. Is it any wonder why so many people are dying from diseases like heart disease, diabetes or cancer!
    If you want to learn about nutrition, then ask a farmer, whose livelihood is dependent on having quality livestock to take to market.  Farmers understand the importance of minerals for their animals.  Why do we humans think that we are any different? If what we eat is so important, then why don’t people eat better?
    Good health is the basis of everything we do.  The best attitude to have is that taking vitamins is simply part of each meal.  Instead of spending $1 or $2 a day on a latte, a coke, candy, cigarettes or chips, spend it on your health. Supplements amount to such a small portion of a grocery bill that they should be considered as one of the basic essentials on any shopping list.

    Why do we eat, anyway?  We eat to satisfy our taste buds, to fill our stomachs, and to stay healthy.  When it comes to food, we often buy what is convenient, quick or easy rather than what is healthy.  Usually fast foods are not that good for us.  Junk food is even less helpful.  Should we supercede health with convenience and instant gratification?  Look at the average food establishment along any strip mall.  Do any of them serve any vegetable besides lettuce that has been soaked in preservative?  Is not this fact alone reason enough to supplement our diets?

One of the most unfortunate reasons is due to the fact that health and nutrition has NOT been an integral part of our education system.  Yes, I had a health class in the 9th grade from one of the coaches who would rather have been coaching than teaching.  The public has left the responsibility of their health to doctors and the food processors.  When you get sick… go see the doctor.  When you are hungry… go open a can of food or go to a fast food joint.  The public has to start taking responsibility for its own health.  Doctors treat you after you get sick and the food processors just want your money. Doesn’t it make more sense to take supplements to make up for what your diet is lacking?  It is important to take most supplements with meals for the most effective results.  Make every attempt that you can to eat fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the day.  Eating one serving of fruit and vegetables a day is better than eating none.

    A misconception that many people have for taking supplements is that their decision to take supplements is to treat a specific problem, such as lack of energy, chronic colds or respiratory infections, etc.  The purpose for taking supplements is to make sure that your body is getting the necessary nutrients so the body can take care of itself.  In other words, your immune system needs to be functioning at the highest level possible, especially now that bacteria are becoming more resistant to antibiotics.  Every time I hear the comment,  “ I’ve been taking vitamins for the past month and I can’t tell a difference in my energy level,” I think to myself, “how unfortunate.”  That person either missed the boat or hasn’t done the homework.  Vitamins and minerals don’t give you energy directly because they are not carbohydrates, proteins or fats.  Vitamins and minerals are micronutrients that are critical for the biochemical reactions that breakdown the carbohydrates into monosaccharides for fuel.  Enzymes break down proteins into amino acids for building blocks to make new cells, hormones and tissues, and break down fats which provide more calories of energy per gram than carbohydrates or proteins. Minerals are like catalysts; they are required to make those reactions take place. In other words, they are like the spark plug in an automobile.  An eight-cylinder engine can run on six cylinders, but the engine is not as efficient.  Life is not about how long you live: it’s about the quality of life you have while you are alive!

      Remember, NO two individuals will respond the same from taking any one type of vitamin or mineral supplement. No two individual metabolisms are the same, no two individuals eat the same foods, or exercise the same amount, or get the same amount of sleep, or are under the same amount of stress or take their supplements the same way. Absorption of vitamins into the cell is not difficult. The body absorbs the vitamins that it needs and will eliminate the excess in the urine, except for the oil soluble vitamins like vitamin A, D and E. Excess amounts of these vitamins may be stored.  It’s the minerals where the problem of absorption occurs.  Minerals are metals and in the case of elemental minerals, they do not easily cross the cell membrane. One of the biggest criticisms by the “scientific community” is that most elemental forms of minerals are eliminated in the urine. The phrase was coined, “Americans have the most expensive urine in the world.”  In most cases I agree, until I looked at a patent chelating minerals with fructose.

 After examining the nutrient levels and pesticide levels in commercial vs. organic foods, it became obvious that even the best foods are less nutritious than they used to be.  For example, to receive the nutrition of an apple eaten in 1950, today a person must eat seven apples.  A report printed on the nutrient contents of spinach bemoaned the high depletion percentage of iron and other minerals found in the plant due to soil depletion, monocropping, artificial fertilization, and lack of varieties.  This report was printed in 1940.  Since then the nutrient levels have declined significantly.

    Think what happens to the nutrients in the plant before we even eat it.  First, the plants are harvested and piled together as the truck drives under the hot sun to the processing plant.  Then the food is shipped to the warehouses and the grocery stores where it sits on display until purchased.  Someone buys it, takes it home, sticks it in the refrigerator for a few more days, and then takes it out, boils away most of the remaining nutrients, and then eats it.  Down in the intestines, other foods as well are vying to be absorbed into the cells, which is the only way any food value can get into our bodies.  The cells can absorb only so much and will absorb only what is compatible.

    On top of this, the true question is, how many Americans even eat very many fresh vegetables?  The most popular meals are the easy ones, like pizza, hamburgers, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, tacos, pancakes, cereal, chips, snack, etc.  Are we really getting a balanced daily diet from all of the food groups?  How many people drink seven to nine glasses of water a day, or eat five or ten fruits or vegetables a day?  Even fancy meals at restaurants include usually a colorful but very small portion of vegetables.

     I never used to take vitamins or food supplements.  I believed that if I just ate well I'd be fine.  I liked Mark Twain's advice to eat what you want and let the stomach fight it out inside.  I figured as long as I exercised, got barely enough sleep, and ate a bunch of food I'd be O.K.  I also used to think that if I took vitamins on a regular basis, my body would become used to that level of nutrition and then I'd become dependent on them.  Now I know that these thoughts were not true.  Our body digests and distributes nutrients in a matter of hours.  The sugars burn up and need to be replaced.  Carbohydrates digest within two hours or less;  protein takes two to six hours to digest -- usually four hours--;  and fat takes about eight hours (from six to twelve hours).  After that the food value is gone and it's time to replenish the body with more.  Remember, we are made of whatever we put into ourselves.

     What should we be putting into ourselves?  Food, of course, but is food alone enough nowadays?  Maybe it's time to consider supplementing the regular diet with a proper balance of vitamins and minerals.  A majority of today's diseases, mental and physical aberrations, and neural disorders are caused by vitamin deficiencies.  It is fairly common knowledge among doctors and nutritionists as to which combinations of vitamins and minerals work best together.  For example, taking calcium alone is like eating chalk.  In order for calcium to be properly synthesized in the body, it must be combined with phosphorous, zinc, magnesium, vitamin C and a few other things.  The other issue is the method of achieving absorption of the vitamins and minerals through the cell walls of the intestines.


When considering uniqueness,  fructose-chelated vitamins are in a class by itself.  Fructose chelation is important because fructose is a carbohydrate, and under normal conditions the body does not eliminate carbohydrates in the urine.  With this fructose chelation, atoms of the essential minerals are pre-bonded to the 6th carbon bonding site of the fructose ring.  The cell recognizes the fructose molecule and allows the molecule to cross the cell membrane much easier than it allows the glucose molecule to cross.  Glucose is the main source of fuel for the brain and the muscles.  Keep in mind, insulin helps glucose cross the cell membrane. Fructose is allowed to cross the cell membrane without being dependent upon insulin. The atoms of the minerals that are pre-bonded or chelated to the fructose molecule are carried with the fructose molecule into the cell where they are used.
    Consider the fact that fructose is a carbohydrate.  Carbohydrates are used either for fuel for the muscles and the brain, or converted to glycogen for future use, or stored as fat.  It doesn’t take a biochemist to realize that the absorption of fructose chelated minerals is very high.

    On occasion I have heard the following comment, “so what! A patent doesn’t mean anything.” The correct statement is that a patent doesn’t mean a product is any good, it just means that the product is unique enough to patent. There are a lot of patented products that are worthless.  What if a product is unique and good? With a patent no one else can reproduce it without being sued. if it didn’t work people would have stopped taking them long ago.  There is credibility and proof in the support.

    I have heard other comments like, “vitamins are expensive.”  I understand how some people may feel about not being able to afford them.   How many companies have lowered their prices instead of raising them over the past ten years?  Isn’t it ironic, that those same people who can’t afford to take supplements can afford to buy soda pop, coffee, cigarettes, alcohol, candy or go to dinner and spend more than that on a bad meal?  Think about it: how much immediate satisfaction can you get from PREVENTION? The only way people can enjoy doing something for themselves that is preventative is to understand why they are doing it, or if they have already survived a heart attack, lived through cancer or have a family history of all of the above.  It is getting to the point where many people can’t afford to go to the doctor unless they have insurance!

I predict that in the near future, research will prove that mineral deficiencies play a critical element in a majority of degenerative disease processes that are a result of improper nutrition.  Doesn’t it make more sense to start now and give the body what it needs and prevent disease?  Maintaining your health depends upon CONSISTENCY and
LONGEVITY, not on taking supplements for three months and seeing if you “feel increased energy.”

The Institute of Medicine stated on national television in April 1998,  “From their findings they do not believe that the American public can get the nutrients that they need from their diet.” In fact, they recommended on this same news announcement that “all Americans should supplement their diets.”  This recommendation is nothing new.  Dr. Lester Packer, PH.D from University of Cal. Berkeley states in his recent book called The Antioxidant Miracle that “it is virtually impossible to get the optimal amount of antioxidants through food alone.”  For example, he recommends taking 500 I.U.’s of vitamin E daily.  According to Dr. Packer, in order to get 500 I.U.’s of vitamin E from your food alone, you would have to eat more than 100 pounds of broiled liver or 125 tablespoons of peanut oil – or you could take a vitamin supplement as he recommends.  
About two years ago I read in “The American Journal of Cardiology” that over 67% of the cardiologists surveyed were taking vitamin E.  Today I am willing to estimate that over 90% of the cardiologists are taking vitamin E to neutralize the free radicals that cause the oxidation of the LDL cholesterol that causes coronary artery disease.

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