Degenerative diseases include things like stroke, heart disease, obesity and diabetes â to name a few. How many people do you know suffering from one or more of these things?
This begs a further question - what vitamin and mineral supplements should you take - now that we know our food is just not providing the nutritional value it used to â in order to maintain health and avoid degenerative disease?
This is a tricky one.
Are all supplements created equal?
Short answer â no.
The reason for this is because synthetic vitamins are cheaper to produce. Additionally, vitamins naturally found in foods are not crystalline and never isolated; meaning that you cannot reach into a banana and pull out a lump of the potassium mineral and pop it into a pill machine. The minerals are embedded into the molecular structure of the foods and therefore are not able to be simply âextractedâ or âremovedâ â it is more complex than that.
For more information on what types of chemicals are used to create your el-cheapo, over the counter supermarket brands of supplements, take a look at Table 1 on this page which illustrates just what types of chemicals are used to create these products: http://www.doctorsresearch.com/articles4.html
Table 2 on this page illustrates the various names of all the vitamins that have been created synthetically â often referred to as ânaturalâ but which are anything but: http://www.doctorsresearch.com/articles4.html
These formulas are made in alignment with the principle of âNaturopathy which does not make use of synthetic or inorganic vitamins...Naturopathy makes use of the healing properties of...natural foods, organic vitaminsâ.
These formulas are usually 100% food based and thus use naturally occurring vitamin derivatives instead of petroleum or synthetic derivatives. Caveat emptor applies here! Please research your supplements, talk to manufacturers and practitioners to ensure you are getting REAL food based products.
He had been taking it a while when I read through the ingredients, tested them and researched online. I was shocked to discover that the fish oil was not only unfiltered (and so contained heavy metals and toxins found in fish because of our waterway pollution) but was encased in a plasticised, petroleum derived capsule. I was horrified because he had been taking handfuls per day to remove metals from his bodyâ¦ yet they contained these same metals! I still have them sitting in the bottom of our pantry because I donât want to put them into landfill, compost or give them away. They are toxic and dangerous â what do I do with them now?
Start by taking an over the counter, el-cheapo brand from your local supermarket of say a multi-vitamin / mineral or a complex B vitamin, every day for one week.
Then stop for a week.
Then, take a real food based complex B vitamin and / or quality, practitioner strength multi vitamin / mineral for a week. Feel the difference â you will notice increased energy, clarify of thought, ability to sleep etc (varies from person to person) with the practitioner strength brands. I find complex B vitamins in a natural practitioner strength formula give me a rapid boost in energy and stamina â that very same day, usually within 10 â 30 minutes of taking one.
Another way to ensure you get REAL vitamins is by using larger amounts of herbs or foods in juicing or via infusions. In our home, we receive nearly all our required vitamins via a daily dose of 1L of Stinging Nettle infusion. Stinging Nettle has a huge number of vitamins and minerals present and in infusion form, itâs a liquid food full of health-giving nutrients for our cells. The nutrients in it are readily absorbed by the gut and totally bio-available making it a natural, healthy and easy way to give your body what it needs most.
By taking 1 cupful of herb and soaking it for 4 hours, you are releasing all the medicinal qualities and vitamins, minerals, proteins etc from the herb. Most people only have a teaspoonful of herb â one cup provides more nutrients because of the amount of herb used.
So, to sum up, the nutrient value of our rapidly eroding top soils means that our foods are being grown with less and less nutritional value, with every passing year.
Sadly, as our food does not provide the necessary nutritional value any more, we do need to supplement in order to achieve and maintain optimal health.
The major concern now is the vast amount of poor quality, petroleum derived vitamin and mineral supplements that are being touted as the latest and greatest cure for what ails mankind.
My stance on this issue, after much self-testing and clinical research is that yes, vitamin and mineral supplements are very much needed today.
Having said that, the ONLY vitamin and mineral supplements I would ever take would be prescribed by a Natural Healthcare (or otherwise educated) practitioner, ensuring they are free from toxins, petroleum derivatives and any genetically modified substances.
Choose wisely what you use to support optimal health for you and your family.
Love The Eco Mum xo
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