SUPPLEMENTATION - YES OR NO?
For some reason there seems to be an ongoing debate on if we really need nutritional supplementation to meet our nutritional needs. We believe it has
become very evident over the past several years that proper nutritional supplementation is an integral part of supplying our bodies with all the nutrients
we need for optimal health, wellness, fitness, and/or performance. Unfortunately, I think we will continue to see increased negative negative and bias
media attention given to the supplement industry. Big pharma and special interest groups would like to gain complete control over the industry as they
know quality supplements work, but they have no patent rights on natural products so they can't gouge us with unethically increased prices and inferior
An important point to make here is that although eating organic and free range greatly enhances our quest for optimal wellness by eliminating many
herbicides, pesticides, and various other chemicals, including any genetically modified organisms (GMO's) from your dietary intake, it does not erase the
need for nutritional supplementation. This is due to a couple of issues; the product still may be harvested before peak ripeness, which reduces optimal
nutrient uptake and bio-availability by the plants. Also organic foods still begin to lose their nutrient content immediately upon harvesting, so if not
consumed within a few hours of harvest, your nutrient intake may still be below optimal.
There will always be nutrients and nutrient compounds in nature not yet discovered and therefore not in supplement form. The opposite of this is also
true, there are many nutrients and nutrient compounds such as the phytochemicals, glycoproteins, enzymes, phytosterols, betalains, xanthones, etc that
are so very easily destroyed with any type of processing that the only way to get optimal amounts for our health is through proper supplementation.
Another aspect of this is that there are numerous life sustaining nutrients in the discarded parts of many foods (rind, skin, bark, roots, seeds, leaves, etc)
that without being in supplement form would never lend their health, wellness, fitness, and performance benefits to us.
I, at one time believed in the concept of getting all the needed nutrients through dietary intake alone. Further research and study has made me a firm
believer in the absolute necessity for proper nutritional supplementation the quest for optimal health, wellness, fitness, and performance. I am now a
regular consumer of high quality nutritionals and enjoy excellent health.
Some of which this continued research and study has revealed is as follows:
**We need 120+ nutrients for optimal health. Of these 120+ nutrients, 84+ mineral/mineral elements are needed. The soil on average throughout the
United States provides at best 8 to 16 of these minerals. The late Dr. Linus Pauling, recipient of two Nobel Prizes stated, "You can trace every
sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency." This is a very realistic statement made by Dr. Pauling as high quality minerals
in food and/or supplements are one of the best ways to keep the body's pH (acid/alkaline) balanced. A highly acidic body is a major cause of nearly
all sickness, disease, and ailments that humans encounter.
A quick note on nutritional synergy - An example of this synergy is the disease Pellegra, which is commonly believed to be a vitamin B3 deficiency.
Vitamin B3 supplementation does not always improve Pellegra, as well before Pellegra appears, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, and the amino acid
tryptophan are also likely to be deficient in addition to vitamin B3. Because of this principle of synergy, these deficiencies also affect other nutrients.
Vitamin B2 deficiency impairs vitamin B12 metabolism, which then impairs folic acid metabolism. Folic acid dysfunction then affects vitamin C
metabolism. The resultant depletion of the body's vitamin C impairs iron absorption. Impaired iron absorption encourages excess copper absorption,
which then impairs zinc metabolism, etc, etc, etc.
**Refined wheat flour loses the following nutrients, with deficiency symptoms in parenthesis.
*Chromium = 98% (diabetes like conditions, inability to use glucose)
*Calcium = 68% (stunted growth in children, bone loss)
*Magnesium = 84% (weakness, confusion, muscle spasms, behavioral disturbances, depressed pancreatic hormone secretion, cardiovascular disease)
*Potassium = 77% (muscle weakness, paralysis, confusion, cardiovascular disease)
*Copper = 68% (anemia)
*Zinc = 78% (growth failure in children, sexual retardation, loss of appetite, poor wound healing)
*Selenium = 16% (anemia)
*Cobalt = 90% (nerve function disorder)
*Vitamin E = 96% (dry skin, sexual dysfunction, heart disease)
*Dietary Fiber = 90% (high cholesterol, colon disorders, weight gain, constipation, hemorrhoids, blood sugar imbalance)
*Folic Acid = 50% (birth defects)
*Vitamin B6 = 78% (low energy, elevated homocysteine, muscle weakness, anemia, nervous disorders, skin rash)
*Iodine = 90% - 100% Iodine is being replaced with bromine which competes with iodine for absorption. (fatigue, weight gain, dry hair and skin)
In addition to these nutrients refined wheat flour also loses many additional vitamins, phytonutrients (90%), and trace elements. These missing
nutrients in refined/processed foods are critical to immune function, cellular communication, appetite control, preventing free radical damage, fetal
brain development and many additional functions.
Enriching these processed/refined foods comes up woefully short in terms of balanced nutrition. Most refined products are "enriched" with only some
B vitamins, vitamin D, calcium, and iron salts. This is after more than 20 plus natural nutrients have been removed during processing. Also the
"enriched" nutrients are usually of inferior quality resulting in poor bio-availability for humans.
These nutrient loses are true of all highly processed and refined foods.
**In 1940 wheat provided 40% protein - today less than 9%
**Freezing meat destroys 50% of vitamins B1 and B2 and also 70% of pantothentic acid
**Processing meats destroys 50% - 70% of vitamin B6 - which can lead to muscle weakness, anemia, nervous disorders, skin rash, kidney stones,
**A tree ripened organic orange has 180 mg of vitamin C - many store bought oranges have little to no vitamin C
**U.S. Senate Document #264 of the 74th congress session stated - "Soils are mineral deficient, the only way to get sufficient mineral intake is
through mineral supplementation." This was written in 1936.
**In 1948 one cup of spinach provided 24mcg of iron - today one cup of spinach provides 2mcg of iron - leading to inability to concentrate, pallor,
headaches, and weakness
**Meat from grass fed animals has half the saturated fat of that from grain fed animals.