10 Reasons to Take Nutritional Supplements

Many people still question the importance of taking supplements at all.  Here are ten reasons to consider supplementing your diet with high-quality nutrients:

1. Current commercial agriculture techniques leave soil deficient in important minerals, causing the food grown in this soil to share the same mineral deficiencies.

2. Many foods are shipped long distances and are stored for long periods of time, both of which cause the depletion of vitamins in these foods, including the important B-complex and C vitamins.

3. Food processing, cooking, and preserving leads to nutrient depletion in our food supply that makes it difficult to obtain adequate nutrition from foods alone.

4. Many fruits and vegetables are genetically bred to improve visual appeal and crop yields, not nutritional value, which frequently results in lesser nutritional values than our ancestors’ food supply.

5. Erratic eating habits, insufficient chewing of food, eating on the run, and stress contribute to poor digestion, making it difficult for our bodies to extract all the nutrients it needs from food.

6. Pharmaceutical drug use has escalated over time.  Most medications deplete essential nutrients, making people more vulnerable to deficiencies.

7. Specific times in life and health conditions may result in higher needs of certain nutrients.  For example, folic acid needs tend to be higher during pregnancy, while menopausal women may be vulnerable to calcium deficiencies.

8. Increasing levels of environmental pollution in our air, water and food may cause our bodies to use more nutrients than normal to detoxify and eliminate harmful substances.  This is especially true of the antioxidant vitamins, some of which include: the “ACE Vitamins:” Vitamins A, C, and E.

9. We all have genetic weaknesses, including higher needs of some nutrients, higher rates of depletion for certain nutrients, and an increased likelihood of genetic expression of some illnesses if vitamin or mineral deficiencies are present.

10. Many nutrients have been proven to prevent or aid in the treatment of health conditions like high cholesterol, arthritis, birth defects, and cancer.  Check out my articles on the vitamins and minerals that help prevent cancer.

Of course, you should always consult a qualified health professional first to avoid any drug-nutrient interactions.  And avoid supplements with sweeteners, colors, artificial flavors, preservatives, or fillers.  Children should always take supplement formulas designed for their needs.

 

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Jo S.10 months ago

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Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla3 years ago

Good reasons, but I´ll try to keep natural :)

Amber Beasley
Amber Beasley4 years ago

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Cyril H.
Cyril H.4 years ago

Natural treatment is always better than supplements. Todays life is so fast that is why public is running towards the supplement as it needs no preparation. This act save times for them but not good for their health.
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Margie B.
Past Member 4 years ago

I have been taking vitamins & supplements for several years.
I believe they really help to keep me fit & prevent disease.
It is an individual choice.

Lika S.
Lika S.4 years ago

Be careful. Real food is still better than supplements because they're natural. Too high of vitamin E can cause prostate cancer, yet in the right dose, can prevent it. Go figure.

Sarah Metcalf
Sarah M.4 years ago

thanks

Karen Langer
Karen L.4 years ago

Thank you for the summary.