Should You Supplement?

Vitamins and minerals are vital nutrients for bodily functions and prevention of disease. Some people argue that they get all the necessary nutrients from food. Can you be sure you are eating enough of the right things on a daily basis in order to maintain proper nutrition?

In an extensive study involving 26,000 people, results indicated that none of the participants received 100% of the nutritional requirements set forth by the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance). In 1992, at the Earth Summit in Brazil, it was found that the U.S. topped the charts with 85% soil depletion. We are not getting the all-important minerals and trace minerals. Vitamins do not work without minerals.

When 96% of the U.S. population is dying from disease, we must conclude that the general adult population is not getting proper nutrition.

Vitamin and mineral supplementation is necessary for the following reasons: 

1. Crop nutrient losses: Decades of agriculture have overworked and depleted mineral levels in the soil.

2. Poor Digestion: Eating too much or too quickly combined with stress can cause indigestion. Indigestion reduces absorption of vitamins and minerals. 

3. Over Cooking: Over cooking food easily destroys valuable food nutrients.

4. Microwave Cooking: Studies suggest that microwave cooking alters the nutritional structure of food.

5. Food Storage: Length of storage and freezing can deplete the nutritional value of most foods.

6. Food Selection: Eating a too limited range from different food groups can result in nutrient deficiencies.

7. Food Omission: Allergies to foods, crash dieting and poorly designed vegetarian diets can omit significant dietary sources of nutrients.

8. Environmental Factors: Herbicides and pesticides are often used on crops and can leave them with low nutritional value.

9. Antibiotics: Antibiotics can interfere with the intake of essential nutrients.

10. Poor Lifestyle Habits: Smoking, caffeine and alcohol consumption can inhibit the absorption of vitamins and minerals or accelerate the loss of nutrients.

11. Stress: Be it physical or emotional, stress can increase the body's requirement of vitamins and minerals.

12. Out of Balance: The levels of one vitamin or mineral in the body has an effect on the other, so if one is out of balance or missing, all are adversely affected. With antioxidents, one is not nearly as strong as several combined since each enhances the power of the others.

13. Nutrient Variance: There are substantial differences between one fruit or vegetable and another. One tomato can have 10 times more nutritional value than another. Do you know which tomato you ate?

Vitamins and minerals in your body should not be viewed as independent substances, but rather as a cooperative network of nutrients working together.  If one nutrient is missing, it throws the entire network of nutrients out of balance. 


**The Health Awareness Foundation has provided the information given.**