Over the past twenty years or so, the number of people taking health supplements has increased dramatically, yet at the same time, there are still many doctors and dieticians who say you don’t need them – so who is right, the doctors or the consumers?
The argument of the doctors and dieticians is that you should be able to meet all your nutritional needs from a good healthy diet, and therefore don’t need any health supplements such as multivitamins.
The problem with this argument is that it ignores the evidence that shows that the vast majority of people don’t meet their nutritional needs from their everyday diet.
There are various reasons why people fall short nutritionally and therefore might need health supplements:
o Modern food is nutritionally poor: Research shows that intense factory farming methods are producing food that has fewer vitamins and essential nutrients than the same food 50 or 100 years ago. By the time our food is picked and packed and stored for weeks, it has lost a large part of its goodness.
o Junk food: We don’t seem able to resist those fast food restaurants, but their high fat, high sugar offerings are nutritionally poor.
o Busy lifestyles: Few people eat three good meals and two healthy snacks per day. More often people grab what they can on the go with no thought for a balanced diet.
o Diets: Whether it’s Atkins, Vegan, low carb, or another new fad, many people choose to restrict the food they eat for one reason or another.
o Some nutrients are hard to get from a regular diet: There are some essential nutrients, such as vitamin D, that take a lot of work to get from a regular diet.
The net result? Some specialists estimate that less than 10% of the population eat a diet that meets all their needs nutritionally. Thus large percentages of the population are consistently falling short on essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B, vitamin D, and zinc.
o Young children and adolescents
o Pregnant and breastfeeding women
o Elderly people
o Vegans and some vegetarians
o Heavy drinkers
o People who are chronically ill
o Those on a restrictive diet (e.g. long term dieters)
Ironically these are the groups who often have the worst diets due to lifestyle or financial reasons.
Of course, not all superfood supplements are created equal. You want to do some research and choose ones that are made from all-natural sources. If you choose synthetic supplements, you simply aren’t getting the nutrients you need. Plus, research suggests that natural compounds work more effectively possibly because of the relationship between the other compounds that occur within natural sources. Synthetic versions usually ignore these relationships and, as a result, can’t deliver the same level of benefits.
Another reason to choose natural superfood supplements is that you won’t lose all of the benefits in your urine. Instead of using them to be healthier, you just flush most of them away. That’s a waste of money and of health potential.
In conclusion, you should consider adding a superfood supplement to your diet but make sure you pick one that is all-natural and not synthetic. Do your homework and pick one that is going to give you the best results possible for your money.