Some of the plant-based nutrition experts like the Blue Zone Diet, T. Collin Campbell who wrote Whole and, Dr. McDougall say you don’t need supplements on a plant-based diet except for, perhaps B12 which is a must if you are vegan for more than a few months. They feel that eating whole foods should be enough. After all humans lived without supplementation of any kind for thousands of years. But soil, water, air, and food were untainted back in the good old days!
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Supplements are a newish phenomenon
Vitamins and other supplements have only been around since 1912and are often made with questionable materials. Who are we to think we can improve on nature? Everything in our bodies works in synergy and by pulling out a few nutrients and then adding them back into our bodies artificially we can throw off the whole system doing our bodies more harm than good.
But can we really get all we need from our diet?
Whether you are eating a super healthy organic diet or a Standard American Diet (SAD) I wonder if food alone can really give us everything we need these days.
Most of our food is flown long distances, picked before it is ripe and grown in unnatural conditions that can strip out a lot of the vitamins and minerals that would naturally be in the food itself. On top of that our air and water quality are not what they once were. wouldn’t all these factors make supplementation a reasonable thing to do?
People who live in places with great soil condition, fresh air, and mineral-rich water, who are eating all locally grown, fresh foods may be getting everything they need. But For the rest of us, I can’t help but wonder if herbs and supplements might really help us feel better if used correctly.
Mistakes with supplements on plant-based and
Dr. Joel Fuhrman suggests B12, EPA and DHA and vitamin D, especially for vegans. This doesn’t mean we should overdo it with supplements. More isn’t always better.
According to Nutrition Facts, no one should take fish oil because of the contamination of ocean fish.
What is really in your supplements?
Supplements are not regulated at all in the US, so often you don’t know what is really in them. It can be a guessing game and you can be doing yourself more harm than good.
After seeing the movie Vitamania I stopped taking everything except B12, an algae-based Omega 3 supplement, for a while. I recently switched to a plant-based diet and have been eating super healthy with lots of greens every day, beans tubers and whole grains.
For a while I felt fine without taking supplements. But I noticed after 4 months of no supplementation I was starting to have allergies again and sinus congestion.
Integrative medicine experts have had amazing results in treating cancer with high doses of intravenous vitamin C and other super doses. But some folks get into the attitude that you can eat whatever you want as long as you are taking tons of supplements and, green drinks.
I started taking some Ayurvedic herbs and added a new brand of organic vegan supplements I just found from Ora. They are transparent about ingredients and everything is packaged in glass and wood and is recyclable.
Using real medicinal herbs and supplements from a trusted source, that are high quality and come from real plants may be the best bet if you are transitioning to a healthy diet.
Mega vitamin therapy as an alternative treatment
Integrative medicine experts have had amazing results in treating cancer with high doses of intravenous vitamin C and other super doses. The information has been around for years but Big Pharma has tried to suppress it and ridicules the results doctors have gotten and even harassed doctors who use vitamin therapy. In my book that’s how you
Some folks get into the attitude that you can eat whatever you want as long as you are taking tons of supplements, superfoods and, green drinks. but a healthy diet is still your first resort with supplementation as needed.
If you are worried about levels of different nutrients in your body you can do simple lab tests to see if you are low in anything. Many of these tests can be done by mail. But if you have a good naturopathic doctor or integrative medicine doctor who understands nutrition that is even better.
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