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The 5 Myths about Suppplements!
MYTH 1: You can get everything you need from the food you eat.
Of the 26 nutrients known to be essential to human beings, only 16 are necessary for plant growth. Going for bigger profits from higher yields, modern commercial industry uses artificial fertilizers, which overlook these 10 other essential human nutrients.
For example, our food has plenty of phosphorus because plants need it to grow. But plants don't need chromium or selenium to thrive, so artificial fertilizers leave out these important minerals. Therefore, most commercially grown food is deficient in chromium and selenium. And these are essential minerals for protecting against cancer, diabetes and premature aging.
So do you think you can you get everything you need from the food you eat? Maybe in a textbook, lab or pristine fantasy world with pure, non-toxic, high-nutrient food, where everyone eats exactly what they're supposed to eat. But in this real world, not likely.
Are you going to rely on our "modern" food chain to protect you from degenerative diseases like cancer, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and diabetes?
MYTH 2: I pee out all my vitamins so why should I take them?
Typically, the body does not absorb all of the nutrients in a vitamin supplement. Whatever the body cannot absorb will be excreted in urine. If the body does not need something it will either store it as fat or get rid of it through urine or feces. The human body was designed to abstract nutrients from food, not from supplements. It is best to get your daily vitamins and minerals from a variety of healthy, nutritious foods likes vegetables, fruits and lean proteins. But it is not always possible to get all of the necessary nutrients from a balanced diet and thus many supplement with a multivitamin pill.
MYTH 3: I only need one pill a day.
Never has optimal nutrition been more critically important than in today's society. In fact, the skyrocketing amounts of free radicals that are being generated from the toxins that we have created in this century, the synthetic chemicals, drugs, pollutants, stress, and so on are overpowering our dietary sources and innate production of antioxidants. The body's antioxidant systems cannot stop the chain-reaction of excessive free radical activity that barrages it day in and day out.
That's why we need better nutrition than our grandparents and our parents had. We need doses of natural, dietary antioxidants that are far larger than what the government has established as recommended daily amounts. We need supplements because our bodies require more of these nutrients than we could possibly get in our foods.
MYTH 4: I only need the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA).
Not long ago, most doctors, nutritionists, and government agencies told us we didn't need nutritional supplements. They said we could get all of our nutrition from food.
But then the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) did the most extensive research project ever done on the American diet? They studied the daily food and nutritional intake from a cross section of over 21,000 men, women and children. Their findings shocked them.
The USDA discovered that not one single person in the study was getting all their minimum recommended daily allowance (RDA) requirements from the foods they were eating.
And I don't know if you're aware of this, but the RDA's were considered to be only "adequate," by the people who set them up. They're the bare bones minimum nutritional amounts necessary to prevent some known deficiency diseases, such as scurvy, beriberi and rickets.
The RDA's are not the optimum level of nutrients necessary to create buoyant, vibrant health. And yet not one single person in the study was getting even "adequate" nutrition.
MYTH 5: All vitamins are the same, so I'll buy the cheapest.
One of the most difficult aspects of being involved in nutritional medicine is the fact that nutritional supplement companies are basically an uncontrolled industry. The FDA looks at supplements like foods. Nutritional companies are really not required to put in their tablets what they say is on their label. The quality of products that is placed in most supplements is of inferior quality and their manufacturing processes are generally suspect.
Most importantly, you want a company that follows pharmaceutical-grade Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). This means that they purchase pharmaceutical-grade raw materials and then follow pharmaceutical-grade Good Manufacturing Practices in producing their supplements. These companies produce what is called pharmaceutical-grade supplements, meaning similar guidelines are followed for manufacturing their products as companies making over-the-counter or prescription medications
Another aspect of quality that needs to be considered is whether or not the manufacturer of your nutritional supplements follows what are known as U.S. Pharmacopoeia (USP) standards. These are government guidelines that assure consumers that their medications and supplement tablets are of the highest quality and will dissolve properly and be readily absorbed into the body. Pharmaceutical-grade GMP's would be rendered worthless if the company does not also follow USP standards for the dissolution of their tablets. If the tablet does not dissolve properly, it does not matter what they put in them. Choosing a company that follows the USP guidelines is certainly a step in the right direction.
Balance and completeness is another very critical aspect of choosing a high-quality nutritional supplement. Just like there are drug-interactions, there are also nutrient interactions that can create poor absorption and poor interactions. This is probably the most difficult aspect for the average consumer to really know or understand. Therefore it is critical to choose a company that understands completeness and balance in their products.
Another aspect to consider when you are researching a particular company is where it markets its products. A company that markets internationally usually has to follow higher standards than those who market only in the United States. Canada, Australia, and Western European countries have the highest standards for the manufacturing of nutritional supplements. Canada and Australia presently have some of the most restrictive requirements for nutritional supplements.
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