There is a debate going on for and against nutritional supplements.
Personally I am a strong advocate of eating nutritionally balanced meals, but I have not enough appetite to eat as much food as I would need to eat to get my daily requirements, nor the money to purchase all the food needed to provide those nutrients. Nutritional supplements are a Godsend to me. Granted, many are loaded with fillers, so like anything else, we must carefully read the labels, and also be aware that just because it is highly touted on the market or on sale, does not necessarily mean that the particular vitamin is deficient in your body. Another concern is that the dosage sold may not be the one your body requires. It is important to consult with your physician before adding supplements to your diet.
Research before you take a supplement.
One day while I was working at a family practice medical office, the female doctor of the husband and wife team saw me taking my supplements and was concerned that I was taking potassium. I had been diagnosed with hypertension and researched it, finding that calcium, magnesium, Hawthorne and potassium would help to lower it naturally. I had not been placed on medications yet so was trying to avoid medicine if possible. (It was a very real concern of mine that long term prescription medications can tax the liver.)
“Potassium can stop your heart!” she exclaimed. “Do you know what you are doing?” Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you want to look at it, my labs had shown a very low potassium level so the dosage I was taking was not going to hurt me and was in fact benefitting me and aiding in the control of my high blood pressure.
Produce is shipped before ripe.
In today’s age produce is often shipped to our stores before it has been able to reach it’s full maturity so has not been allowed to gain the nutrients it would have otherwise acquired had we bought it from a local farmer when it was fresh for the picking. Smog, pollution and processed foods rob us further of our nutrients and so does stress so does the chemicals used to encourage the growth of our foods.
Taking supplements is not the same as eating wholesome foods as fresh fruits and vegetables offer much in the way of antioxidants, phytochemicals and fiber which are important to our bodies but we do not always have access to the healthy food that our bodies need. Nutritional Supplements have long been used to treat diseases such as scurvy, diabetes, high cholesterol and fatigue just to name a few. Extensive lists of ailments treated by vitamin supplementation can be found in The Practical Encyclopedia of Natural Healing by Mark Bricklin
This post linked to ABC Wednesday, honoring the letter "N" this week for Mrs. Nesbitt and don't forget Roger. Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!
The Doctor’s Book of Home Remedies by the editors of Prevention Magazine