Eating Organic? Gluten free? Paleo? Getting the minimum 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day?
Yes? Great! But even if you are eating healthy, your diet likely is not complete.
In 2002, JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association) found that 90% of Americans do not get enough vitamins and minerals by diet alone.
Unfortunately due to depleted soil and other factors our diets are not complete.
In today’s world everyone needs a basic multivitamin and mineral supplement.
Are you taking a multivitamin? Perhaps you’ve heard about the recent news about multivitamins and how mega doses of vitamins might be bad for you.
Then there is the fact that there are hundreds if not thousands of multivitamins available and how do you know which to choose.
Do you choose the multivitamin for women? For 40+? The multivitamin that is free of all allergens? The multi that has been quality tested? The multivitamin with extra vitamin D? The vitamin that your friend takes?
I am going to suggest that vitamins should come from food.
Since our foods cannot provide us with adequate vitamins and minerals (regardless of how well we eat), then our vitamins should be made from whole food sources.
It’s time to begin reading labels. Ingredients in whole food multivitamins will be familiar. You will see ingredients such as carrot, nutritional yeast, alfalfa, rice bran, pea vine and mushroom.
Also you will notice that whole food supplements do not have mega doses of vitamins listed on their labels. You might see 4 mg of vitamin C on a whole food supplement label compared to 500 mg or more on a label where the ingredients are man made and not food sourced.
Whole food supplements are made by concentrating foods. When concentrated, these foods supply numerous nutrients that work together to provide you with optimal nutrition for good health.
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