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Many of us prefer to gobble a couple of vitamin pills rather than eat the whole fruit or vegetable, the sources of nutrients. I do not blame anyone for opting for the former, because sometime ago I, too, was very much in support of a handful of isolated vitamin and mineral pills instead of going through the trouble of looking for, preparing, and eating the real thing, whether it is a banana, broccoli, or fish. But now due to my awareness on the subject, I find myself looking for the whole food and relish it for its wonders and benefits. I intend to share this bit of information with you today and wish I could shout it out loud and clear to the entire population. Do not misunderstand me. I am not opposed to vitamins and other nutrients in the form of tablets or pills, but I appreciate the real and whole food for the following reasons, and I am sure you will agree with me once you finish reading this column.

 

Most whole foods, unprocessed and unrefined, such as whole fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, herbs, roots, condiments, spices, and others have more than one vitamin along with other nutrients. Such nutrients range from vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to amino acids, fatty acids, enzymes, and more. For example, a simple tomato contains lycopene, vitamin C, alpha-and-beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, phytuene, phytofluene, potassium, B vitamins, chromium, biotin, and fiber. All these nutrients support and enhance each other’s benefits and increase their absorption, while each one by itself can be wasted and flushed out, generating no benefits to the body.

 

It is the synergy of multiple nutrients, which contributes to the bioavailability of nutrients in whole foods. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant and antimutigen agent combined with the mineral selenium. In combination, they reduce the risk of cancer. Nuts (Brazil nuts) and seeds (sesame) contain both nutrients and more, providing the necessary protection against cancer.

 

Vitamin E and C work best together to protect against cardiovascular disease. One vitamin disarms free radicals that cause plaque to form in arteries, while the other reloads it. Their simultaneous action also safeguards body tissues and fluids, thus reducing risk of death from the disease.

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Beta-carotene (the precursor of vitamin A) in fruit and vegetables has shown to lower cancer risk in smokers, whereas the supplement did not seem to produce the same effect. Well, the damage of a lifetime of smoking cannot be simply corrected by mega doses of isolated beta-carotene. It is the efficacy of beta-carotene and the different types of nutrients in the live whole fruit or vegetable such as spinach that give the desired results. Leafy greens are abundant in nutritious substances like beta-carotene, lutein/zeaxanthin, glutathione, omega-3, alpha lipoic acid (ALA), vitamins B, C, and E, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc, pholyphenols, and betaine. This host of nutrients is not available in a pill of isolated beta-carotene.

 

Take, for instance, calcium. It is an important mineral for bones, teeth, a healthy heart, blood pressure, blood clotting, and nerves. It also relieves bone and muscle aches; balances acidity; helps menstrual cramps and tremors; and enhances sleep. But did you know that calcium alone cannot be properly absorbed in the body without certain helper nutrients such as magnesium, zinc, boron, and vitamins C and D along with exercise. Without these supporters, calcium may become absorbed in the body soft tissues, causing joint pains or get flushed out of the system. Minerals and other nutrients only become bio available when they work synergistically. This naturally occurs in vegetables such as broccoli, which contain multiple nutrients like calcium, folate, indoles, vitamins C and K, beta carotene, lutein/zeaxanthin, sulforaphane, and more. So how can one compare a tablet of isolated calcium with a plethora of nutrients in plants?

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Vitamin E in the form of supplement is incomplete and does not have all components of the vitamin found in nuts and wheat germ. Supplements of vitamin E only contain d-alpha-tocopherol, which is not sufficient to provide the protection offered by other important chemicals available in the whole plant.

 

In reality the richness found in dietary supplements and the synergy of nutrients in whole live foods cannot be compounded in one magic bullet of supplements. However, if this wealth of nutrients is neither available nor within reach, supplements should be our second best choice, because some nutrient deficient diets like fast food do not offer important nutritional substances. For example, vitamins B12 and D cannot be obtained with a poor nutrition. Thereby, multivitamins are excellent as supplements for such conditions, even if people appear healthy. They are also necessary during convalescence, in case of malnutrition, or nutritional deficiency.

 

A reminder! Please, avoid health and nutrient robbers such as, fried fatty food, caffeine, alcohol, toxins, pesticides, chemical and artificial additives and preservatives, medical and recreational drugs, smoking, pollution, stress, exposure to sunlight and other factors that degrade nutrients or interfere with their absorption. Keep in mind to include in your daily diet fresh organic whole live foods to stay disease-free, healthy, and energetic in order to live long joyful years.

 

By Mariam Alireza , a holistic science specialist.

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:D for info was rather intresting. although i dont think all supliments are useless for instance muscle building powder contains all nessary minerals so hmm....

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It contains all the necessary minerals, but you're body doesnt absorb synthetic substances as well as it does natural ones from natural sources. so taking supplements doesnt necessarily mean that you're getting all that you need, and some acidic preservatives in pills eventually cause gastroentestinal ailments, such as ulcers.

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Food alergies or noziation problems may stop you from eating right,

and there are other limitations to.

Id say vitamine supliments are excelent and should be taken by most people.

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Is there a difference in a vitmain A molecule from an natural source to a molecule from a synthetic source? Also if you take a 100% tablet of all the vitamins and minerals, wouldn't that have all the complimentary effects of each vitamin and mineral with eachother?

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