This begs the question - are vitamin and mineral supplements REALLY necessary?
âThe alarming fact is that foods â fruits, vegetables and grains â now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contains enough of certain needed nutrients, are starving us -- no matter how much we eat of themâ. ~ U S Senate Document 264 1936
The only apparent solution to this issue is taking vitamin and mineral supplements for the rest of your life.
Why is there a nutritional deficit in our modern foods? What has happened to cause this?
The main contributor to this issue is that, currently, the Earth is losing arable topsoil at a rate of 75 to 100 GT. per year. If soil loss continues at the present rate, it is estimated that there is only another 48 years of topsoil left. What then?
To explain how the present rate of topsoil erosion is contributing to the declining nutrient value in our foods, we must first understand what our body needs and from where it comes.
Vitamins are organic compounds found in plants and animals. We obtain them by eating food from plants and animals.
Minerals are inorganic compounds found in the earth â topsoil for example. Minerals assist the body in energy production and other biochemical processes. They are also the bodyâs main source of alkalinity, helping to keep the body at the correct pH required for optimal health. Without alkaline stores (found in bone marrow for example) the body then becomes too acidic which creates a perfect environment for disease to thrive â cancerous cells multiply faster in more acid conditions, viruses spread more quickly and harmful bacteria rapidly increase in number the more acidic the body is.
What about vitamins? Any type of crop grown in soils that have been stripped of needed nutrients will have low nutrient levels. Unless growers replenish nutrients actively, the mineral content of harvested food will continue to decrease as the soils further erode resulting in further decline of the nutrient value in our foods. Unfortunately, growers have been encouraged to replenish nutrients using synthetic methods which present a serious quandary to the health of humans.
As the amount of vitamin C continues to decline in our foods, it is clear we are not receiving enough nutrition to maintain health.
So, to answer the original question - are vitamin and mineral supplements necessary?
Yes, sadly, they are. Very necessary.
If we want to maintain good health, we simply can not rely solely on food sources any longer. We need supplementation - on a daily basis.
Stay tuned for my next post about WHY we need vitamins and minerals every day for optimal health and whether most products are even healthy for you... or are they toxic?
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