The real facts about vitamin supplements


Vitamania.” Headlines have declared that it proves we’re overdosed on supplements. But if you read what the author, Catherine Price, is saying, you’ll see the real headline: that our food supply and eating habits make most North Americans undernourished, even as they’re overfed! More than 90 percent of Americans (according to several studies, including the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) don’t get even 80 percent of the recommended daily value for one or more essential nutrients.

Price says (and we agree) that ideally, poor nutrition should be corrected by eating more nutrient-packed foods. And we don’t want to become a nation of supplement takers in order to let the highly profitable producers of lousy food get away with being nutritionally bankrupt. But until Taco Bell, McDonalds, Nestle, General Mills and others change the way they make their food and our farmland is managed more responsibly, we all NEED nutritional supplements. Even conscientious eaters struggle to get enough nutrients: The protein in wheat and barley has plummeted 30 percent to 50 percent since 1938, and calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin and ascorbic acid are far less present in today’s crops than they used to be.

So if you’re 35 or older, take half a multivitamin in the morning and half at dinnertime. Get your vitamin D level checked; take a supplement if needed. And take an algal-oil omega-3 supplement (900 milligrams a day) to reduce inflammation and improve brain and eye health. Until the quality of the food improves, you need to make sure you’re getting the cancer-, heart-disease-, age- and dementia-fighting nutrients your body craves.

Source: clarion ledger


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