Do I Really Need To Supplement?

vitamins-supplements-alternative-medicineIn today’s society the most common medications prescribed are for depression, hyperlipidemia (cholesterol), heart disease, and inflammation. Most of these conditions are thought to be brought about by society’s failure to recognize deficiencies in vitamins and minerals. Certain of these vitamins and minerals, to include those that help glands maintain their integrity and their ability to function, are lacking in the foods we give our children and ourselves. You could not possibly eat enough of the foods you need to give you the nutrition you need. In fact, researchers say you would have to eat 13-14 oranges a day to get enough vitamin C to support your immune system every day!

Harvard Medical School did some research on the issue. They asked clinical dietitian Ellen di Bonaventura, R.D., at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and Helen Delichatsios, M.D., nutrition educator at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, to find out if women can eat enough food to actually get the nutrients they need every day. “Both di Bonaventura and Dr. Delichatsios say that a woman can’t meet her nutrient needs through food alone even if she eats 1,500 calories (or less) per day. It’s not an issue of food quantity but rather food quality . . . Most experts now recommend a daily intake of 1,000 international units (IU) [of vitamin D], an amount that’s difficult to get through foods or sun exposure (unless you live in the lower half of the United States and spend time outdoors). So plan to take a vitamin D supplement.” (http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Womens_Health_Watch/2009/July/Getting-your-vitamins-and-minerals-through-diet)

Supplements are intended to provide essential nutrients that the body needs to function cant-out-supplement-a-bad-dietefficiently. We believe they should be pharmaceutical grade, of the highest quality and in a form that is easily available for absorption. These essential nutrients consist of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and amino acids that cannot necessarily be made by the human body.

The supplement industry is crowded with sales and marketing firms that promote their products as the answer to health related problems. Some of these companies are master marketers that package and promote their products to both consumers and to physicians for sale to their patients. For the average consumer, all of this product hype and marketing can be very confusing when trying to determine what they should be taking to promote health, vitality and longevity. As a nation of consumers we spend a good part of our health dollar with the supplement industry.

Everyone’s level of essential nutrients and needs are different so a personalized supplement regimen should be followed. Independent laboratory certifications of quality, absorption and ingredients should also be established in order to get the best supplements on the market.

What supplements do you take and are you seeing results from taking them? We would love to talk to you about your regimen and give you a health analysis to see if you are taking the right supplements. Contact us at The Baucom Institute.