What Kinds of Supplements Should You Take?

What kinds of supplements are best for you?

Supplementation is not that easy. Figuring out where people are most likely to be deficient and making a pill for each of these suspect deficiencies – like a one-a-day pill. Determining the best supplement would then be a simple job of reading the label.

However, that is not the way supplementation works. Actually, there are major differences in the vitamins available in the market, summarized as follows:

  • All Natural: No vitamins you buy are totally natural because the extraction process is prohibitively expensive.
  • Co-Natural: They are derived from animal and vegetable sources through solvent extraction, crystallization or hydrolysis. However these vitamins have not undergone any chemical conversion or alteration during extraction. Although they contain small amounts of chemical residues, preservatives and additives, they are still a far superior choice compared to synthetic vitamins.
  • Synthetics: Synthetic vitamins are first derived from chemical or natural sources before they go through a “conversion” process that renders them a pure chemical build up. Synthetics are about 50% as effective as natural vitamins and can suppress the body’s ability to absorb the vitamin’s natural portion.

Many so-call all-natural vitamins contain synthetics to “increase potency,” or for the purposes of standardizing the amount in a batch or capsule. Some vitamins also have synthetic salt to increase stability. Such synthetics are easily identifiable by the terms succinate, nitrate, hydrochloride, gluconate, chloride, bitartrate, ascorbic and acetate.

What Kinds of Supplements Should You Take?

Why We Need Multivitamin and Mineral Formulas

Multivitamins on hand

A few years ago, it took a lot of arguing to convince people that they require some kind of mineral/vitamin supplementation. Not so anymore. Although people might not have an idea of the exact numbers, they know that food available in the market is less nutritious today that it was 50 years ago.

For example:

  • A Rutgers University study revealed that 19 corn ears are required to gain the same nutritional value of just on ear in 1940
  • Most of our soils are so depleted that farm crops entirely depend on chemical fertilizers to grow. This means that most of our food lacks virtually all the critical trace minerals required for survival
  • 80 cups of supermarket spinach today would be required to give you the same iron you would get from a cup of spinach from 50 years ago

It’s easy to see what is happening here. We have slowly moved from quality to quantity. It is becoming impossible to increase per acre yield, while depleting the soil annually without losing something in the process. And what we are losing is quality food.

The bottom line is that as long as you are living in an industrialized country, like the UK, today, you have to supplement to maintain your health. This leads to several advantages including reduction of the risk of cancer, get protection against toxic injury, slow down the aging process, heart disease and stop degenerative diseases of all kinds.

Why We Need Multivitamin and Mineral Formulas