Are supplements or multivitamins a waste of money?

Over the last few years, there have been some studies suggesting that multivitamins could be harming the health of millions of people. In fact, a research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests that omega 3 fish oil supplements are linked to prostate cancer. It may be true that fish oil supplements made from farmed fish could cause cancer, but omega 3 fish oil made from wild salmon can protect the body against inflammation and cancer. Keep in mind farmed raised salmon has 10 times more PCB’s and 30 times more sea lice than wild salmon. Farmed salmon are also fed on pellets made from turkey or chicken feces and have a lot more pollution than wild salmon.

Here are the top 5 reasons why spending money on right supplements/vitamins isn’t a waste:

1. Not all supplements/multivitamins are the same and many lack proper balance of vitamins and minerals:

Unless people have a perfect diet all the time, our diet is sometimes deficient in a certain mineral or vitamin and that could result in many health issues. Also, not all multivitamins and supplements are the same and many lack the right balance of vitamins and minerals to keep your body healthy. For example:

>> Our body needs 300mcg vitamin B12 to fight anemia and most supplements have only 100 mcg of vitamin B12.

>> Keep in mind that vitamin C is not complete without bioflavonoids (bioflavonoids can help to lower iron buildup in the blood as people age).

>> Vitamin C is also incomplete without Quercetin and together they can protect the body cells against the damage of free radicals.

>> Excessive calcium intake and lack of enough magnesium is another problem in the western diet. While in American diet the ratio of calcium to magnesium is 6 to 1, many nutritionists believe that that ratio should be more like 1 to 1.

>> Ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 is very important factor in health and many nutritionists believe that the ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 should be like 3 to 1. However, in the Western diet, the ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 is more like 1 to 15.

>> Zinc and copper must be carefully balanced and while both of them are essential for health; too much or too little of each of them can lead to so many health problems.

>> Iron buildup is a serious issue in the Western diet and can shorten the life expectancy of many after the age of 40.

    2. Real supplements made from real foods are different than synthetic supplements made from chemicals or synthetic drugs:

Some multivitamins/supplements are not made from real fruits, vegetables and herbs and have tons of chemicals, toxins, additives and preservatives. In fact, the multivitamin of Bayer Corp, the giant pharmaceutical is filled with GMOs, chemicals and toxic aspartame. There are other chemicals and preservatives in supplements such as GMOs, artificial sweeteners, sodium benzoate and BHT, hydrogenated oils and potassium chloride and they can lead to so many health issues such as cancer, DNA damage, digestive issues and heart disease. Make sure the supplements you are buying are made from real nutrients and don’t have artificial coloring, additives and preservatives.

3. Real supplements are not waste of money for elderly and those who have nutritional deficiency

Keep in mind that more than 900 million people have malnutrition worldwide. According to a recent research, nutritional deficiency affects majority of the Americans and many don’t get enough nutrients while they consume a diet high in meat, saturated fat, cholesterol, carbs, and sodium.    

Beside nutritional deficiency, aging is another factor. As people get older they become deficient in vitamin B12 and cannot produce enough stomach acid to digest their foods properly. In such environment, a certain bacteria in the body steal whatever vitamin B12 is extracted from the digestive tract.  In fact, researchers suggest that people over the age of 65 cannot produce enough stomach acid to digest their food properly and therefore they are unable to absorb vitamin B12 and folic acid and they often suffer from the growth of bad bacteria in the intestinal tract.

Vitamin D supplements also happen to be very important for people who live in dark places or don’t get enough exposure to daily sun light. Deficiency in vitamin D could lead to calcium deficiency and bone decay. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to many other health issues such as autoimmune diseases, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, cardio diseases and Parkinson’s.

4. No one disagrees that eating real fruits and vegetables is the only way to have a balanced nutritional diet, but most of our food don’t have optimum nutrients because the soil is deprived:

Because of unsustainable agricultural practices and extensive use of chemicals and pesticides, our soil and foods are deficient in valuable nutrients and minerals.  While eating raw organic fruits and vegetable is the only way to receive all the valuable micronutrients, most of our food supplies don’t have the same nutritional value they had three decades ago. Unfortunately, we can’t get enough nutrition from eating foods only and right nutritional supplements can help to provide adequate nutrients while promoting health. Keep in mind that over the past 50 years, the levels of key minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron have been reduced by 50%.

Small quantities of natural silver, gold and platinum which used to exist in the soil have also disappeared and our foods are depleted from these valuable nutrients that promote immune system and overall health. Taking colloidal silver, gold and platinum can help to replace these valuable nutrients in our body and strengthen our immune system.

5. Right nutritional supplements can prevent many chronic diseases including cancer or heart disease 

Most diets have dangerously low levels of a vitamin or a mineral and these deficiencies could lead to a wide range of chronic diseases. In fact, low lutein levels in diet of people with green, blue or hazel eyes could cause visual issues and even blindness. Keep in mind that raw kale, broccoli, papaya, oranges, and romaine lettuce are great source of lutein.

Bottom line is that it’s a lot better to get nutrients from real food sources such as organic fruits, vegetables or herbs. Real foods are loaded with valuable micronutrients not found anywhere else (for example berries have 700 micronutrients or broccoli has more than 1000 micronutrients). However, there are certain deficiencies (like vitamin D deficiency) that can’t be eliminated though food only. Therefore, taking right nutritional supplement or multivitamin could help with the overall health and wellbeing.

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