The purpose of consuming food is to nourish the body and the brain. Those following the Standard American Diet, not cooking their own food, eating non-organic, taking medications, of advanced age, or exercising excessively, may be in need of supplementation.
People often ask why they need to supplement if they are eating a quality diet. If one falls under any of the categories above or has received blood work, hair analysis, or spit tests indicating a lack of vitamin or nutrients, they need to be supplementing. The best source of these vitamins and minerals are found in whole foods and therefore, one must be sure that their supplements are sourced from whole foods as well. In addition, some vitamins may cause more harm than good if they contain harmful fillers, binders, or carriers. Be sure to steer clear of brands that have food dyes, high fructose corn syrup, and other chemicals. One company in particular to check out is Standard Process.
***DISCLAIMER: If one would like to learn more about supplements and their particular needs, keep in mind that nutritional advice must be individualized; nutritional consults must be done one on one. Age, goals, sex, activity level are all factors that must be taken into consideration when considering supplementation.***
There are 5 supplements we recommend all adults should consider. We will cover two of the five in this week’s blog. Stay tuned for part 2.
- MULTIVITAMINS: Multivitamins are designed to bridge nutritional gaps in the diet. They contain a combination of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to support better health. They are NOT a substitute for eating fresh organic food. Multivitamins are meant to serve as an insurance policy for those not getting recommended daily allowances in their diet. When searching for the best multivitamin, here are some things to consider.
Females should look for vitamins that contain a combination of:
Males should look for some combination of the following:
Standard process: catalyn
- CoQ10: CoEnzyme Q10 is an essential element required by the body’s cells. Its an antioxidant that protects our cells from aging and from oxidative stress and has been shown to have great effects on heart health. Our bodies are capable of making CoQ10 on its own but as we age, its ability to do so decreases. That is why we recommend supplementing. Those taking statins should speak with their physicians about supplementing with CoQ10 as statins prohibit naturally processed coQ10 from converting to its active form more readily.
CoQ10 plays a role in:
- sustaining natural energy
- reducing free radical damage
- improving heart health and offsetting effects of statin drugs
- slowing down the effects of aging
- maintaining optimal pH levels
CoQ10 is found in such low quantities in most foods that supplementation is necessary for all.
Standard Process: Cellular Vitality
Next week: Part 2 of “Five Supplements Most Adults Should Consider” we will cover Vitamin D, Probiotics, and Omega 3 and a sneak peek at Vitamin B.