All Vitamins Are NOT Created Equal!

In a perfect world all of us would get all of the nutrients we need for optimal health from fresh, healthful foods. In reality however, this is often difficult, if not impossible. In our highly chemically polluted and stress-filled world, our nutritional requirements have been steadily increasing, but the number of calories we require has been decreasing as our levels of physical activity has declined. This means that we need to somehow get more nutrients into our body with less food. At the same time many of our foods are depleted of certain nutrients. Modern farming methods have resulted in soils that are lacking in selenium and other nutrients. Add to this extensive processing, improper storage, and other factors, and its little wonder that many of the foods that reach our tables cannot meet our nutritional needs. Getting even the recommended daily intake of vitamins from today’s diet has become quite hard to do. This means for optimum health, it is necessary to take nutrients in the form of supplements.

Vitamin supplements can be divided into two groups: Synthetic and natural. Synthetic vitamins are vitamins produced in laboratories from chemicals that are the mirror image of their counterparts found in nature. Natural vitamins are derived from food sources. The body recognizes them as food and utilizes them more efficiently. Supplements that are not labeled natural also may also include coal tars, artificial coloring, preservatives, sugars, and starch, as well as other additives. You should beware of these harmful elements when you purchase any supplements. Even vitamins that state that they are natural, may not be extracted from whole food sources. It is important to read labels carefully and to remember that you get what you pay for. Don’t expect to feel more vitality when taking a simple, mass produced, low-potency “one a day” that you picked up in the vitamin aisle at the local grocery or drug store. You may as well take the money you spent and flush it right down the toilet because with the coatings and binders used during manufacturing these synthetic multis, they aren’t going to break down and absorb anyway. The health food industry is in the business of health and wellness. Please purchase your supplements from a health food store where the employees are knowledgeable about what they sell. Make sure to buy only whole food based, certified vitamins. Better health starts with a high potency all natural multivitamin/mineral supplement with high levels of antioxidants to protect and nourish your body. Most of the drug store variety vitamins have such low levels of nutrients that it amazes me that they can market them the way they do.

What About The RDA?

Recommended Dietary Allowances for vitamins and minerals have been prepared by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council since 1941. These guidelines were originally developed to reduce the rates of severe nutritional deficiency diseases such as scurvy (deficiency of vitamin C), pellagra (deficiency of niacin), and beriberi (deficiency of vitamin B1). Another critical point is that the RDA’s were designed to serve as the basis for evaluating the adequacy of diets of groups of people, not individuals. Individuals simply vary too widely in their nutritional requirements. As stated by the Food and Nutrition Board, “Individuals with special nutritional needs are not covered by the RDA’s.” A tremendous amount of scientific research indicates that the “optimal” level for many nutrients may be much higher than their current RDA. The RDAs focus only on the prevention of nutritional deficiencies in population groups, and do not define “optimal” intake for an individual.

Other factors the RDAs do not adequately take into consideration are environmental and lifestyle factors which can destroy vitamins and bind minerals. For example, even the Food and Nutrition Board acknowledges that smokers require at least twice the amount of vitamin C compared to nonsmokers. But what about other nutrients and smoking? And what about the effects of alcohol consumption, food additives, heavy metals (lead, mercury, etc.), carbon monoxide, and other chemicals associated with our modern society that are known to interfere with nutrient function? Dealing with the hazards of modern living may be another reason many people take supplements. Just this May there was a big story on the front page of The Times titled “The Government Says You Can’t Breathe Our Air” reporting about the horrible air quality in the region. Air that we breathe everyday. Now more than ever it’s vitally important to saturate your diet with fresh produce (organic whenever possible) and whole grains. Meat and dairy are great sources of vitamins, minerals and protein, but they also contain pesticides, fertilizers, hormones and antibiotics unless the animals are organically raised. Unfortunately most of us don’t eat that way.?

What Should Everyone Take Daily?

If you walked into Baum’s  for the first time and you’ve never taken a supplement before in your life and need to know where to start, this is not only what we suggest, but what industry leaders suggest everyone take whether you’re 12 years old or 80 years old.

  • A high potency all natural multivitamin/mineral complex. They help make up for nutrient deficiencies lost in today’s diets.
  • Essential fatty acids for proper heart, brain & vision function.
  • Digestive enzymes to help break down the foods you eat so they can be absorbed by the body more efficiently. This is the foundation for a vibrant healthy body.
  • Probiotics help maintain your immune system by keeping bad bacteria at bay.

If there are other health concerns you may have, be sure to consult with our staff to find a more natural approach to treatment.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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