Updated: Nov 28, 2020
First of all we should ask the question…what are vitamins and minerals?
We hear people talk about Vitamins, minerals, multi-vitamins all the time……but what are they really?
Vitamins are natural substances found in living things such as plants. And the only way we can get vitamins into our body is to eat them (as in from the food we eat) or from supplements (which is still by mouth). The body can’t produce vitamins on its’ own.
Minerals are also found in plants. Plants get their minerals from the soil – soil gets minerals from water washing over the rocks….. Now in order for vitamins to do their job in the body, minerals are required and these minerals must also come from food or supplements.
Now, of course, as already mentioned, vitamins and minerals get into your body when you eat plants such as fruits, veggies, grains, nuts and spices or when you take a vitamin/mineral supplement. You can also get some vitamins and minerals in to your body by eating meat because most animals eat plants.
What are Supplements?
Supplements are vitamins and minerals that have been extracted from a plant or created in a lab (with synthetic ingredients) and put into a form that can be ingested and used by the body. That can be a pill, capsule, gel cap, liquid form, etc.
Do you take a Multi-Vitamin supplement?
Should you take a Multi-Vitamin supplement? What do you think?
Do you know that there are different kinds (as in qualities) of supplements?
There are effective supplements, ineffective supplements and there are hazardous supplements.
Consumers are at risk from 2 sides of the equation if they are uneducated about supplements:
1. Most consumers know they should take supplements, but they don’t know how to select an effective, quality supplement, therefore they waste their money, time and even risk their health.
2. Many consumers are uninformed or given bad advice on the need to supplement and risk or sacrifice their health.
Where do vitamins and minerals go once they are in the body?
Well, obviously, they go into your stomach. Then they go from your stomach to your intestines. Once in the intestine, they are absorbs into the bloodstream and then go through a very complex allocation system whereby the body distributes certain vitamins and mineral to parts of your body based on its own priority system.
Also, if a nutrient(s) are needed in a certain organ that the body deems more important, it will take the nutrient from a less important organ and pass it to the one that needs it more. Kind of a ‘rob Peter to pay Paul’ kind of a deal.
That’s why it’s critical to maintain proper vitamin & mineral levels. Putting vitamins and minerals in your body should not be viewed as putting independent substances into your body, but rather as a cooperative network of nutrients working together to help achieve and/or maintain good health.
Because without the proper balance of nutrients, your health is at risk. If one nutrient is missing, it throws the entire network of nutrients out of balance in the body, so the body isn’t able to function at its’ best.
“A deficiency of a vitamin or mineral will cause a body part to malfunction and eventually break down….and, like dominos, other body part will follow.” James F. Balch, MD
It may break down slowly, but it will break down. The thing is, is that it happens so slowly that we don’t notice because we gradually start feeling bad, or feeling sluggish, etc….and it just becomes the norrm. What we don’t realize, is that these are signs that the body is not operating optimally.
“Insufficient vitamin intake is apparently a cause of chronic diseases… Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone. Pending strong evidence of effectiveness from randomized trials, it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements.
-American Medical Association
Considering everything you’ve heard so far, if you’re not taking vitamins or better yet, a multivitamin, do you think you should be taking one?
Vitamins and minerals are vital nutrients for bodily functions and prevention of disease (dis-ease). There is an archaic argument of “I can get everything I need from my food.”
But are you really?
In a large 26,000 person study, it was concluded that not one person received the nutritional requirements of the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) and this is set by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine. 96% of the US population dies of a disease…..as a whole, we are not getting proper nutrition. All disease can be traced to a nutritional deficiency of some sort.
Do any of you take a multi vitamin? Kudos to you if you are….. you see the need for them. How natural is it?
Let me ask you this….. Does you multi say on the label that you need to take it with food? Most of them do.
Have you ever taken you vitamins on an empty stomach?
How did it make you feel afterwards?
Did you feel nauseous?
Do you know why this happens?
Most vitamins are produced chemically in a laboratory and may be made from petroleum or coal tar; they’re not from plants for the most part. Because they are less expensive, most minerals used for supplements are mined from the ground, come from rocks or manufactured from chemical processes.
Tests have shown that these minerals do not dissolve well (they are not soluble) in either the stomach or small intestine. And because your body can’t assimilate or process them and doesn’t recognize them as food, it tries to throw of off/up, hence the nausea when taken on an empty stomach. That’s why they tell you to take them with food, because they will mix with the food and pass through the system more easily.
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