According to Wikipedia, “A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantity in a person’s diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while in others they are defined as drugs or natural health products. [emphasis added]”
There needs to be a slight modification to Wikipedia’s definition. The phrase, “may be missing” needs to be changed to “are missing.” Because these needed vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids are missing in proper quantities from our nutritionally depleted foods a person “can’t” consume enough food in sufficient quantity to obtain them.
Thus you have the supplement industry trying to fix the problem created by the chemical industry.
Have you ever taken some form of supplement? Perhaps you remember your mother telling you to take your daily vitamin. Or maybe you went to a health professional who recommended a specific supplement like vitamin C or E.
Did you blindly just pick whatever was on the shelf without reading the label? Don’t lie, we’ve all done it.
Did you know that many supplement brands have little or no due diligence on their products? The LA Times in 2002 ran an article on their test of 24 off-the-shelf supplements. They had them tested at a lab and determine that only 2 had what they claimed were in them. In fact, one of the vendors was selling the Acai Berry and it was not in the supplement at all.
Not all supplements are created equal. Many of their ingredients are inorganic as opposed to organic. Why is this important? Inorganic, including lab created synthetic ingredients, are not water soluble and will not break down in the body to be absorbed and used. Only organic ingredients are water soluble. It has been reported by many that a vitamin pill they took passed right through them and ended up in their stool. This is a sign of inorganic insoluble ingredients. It’s a big waste of money as well.
According to ConsumerLab.com, who randomly tests some dietary supplements and makes the results available to subscribers, has reported that 25% of the supplements it tests have problems, and for multivitamins about half had problems. In fact on their web site today is a link stating, “Lead and/or Cadmium Contamination Found in 25% of “Greens” Powders Selected for Testing.” That’s scary but it is a reality.
So what is the answer?
Because our food supply is nutritionally bankrupt a person is forced to either ingest the 90 needed daily nutrients or go without. It is my opinion and that of many others that our national health crisis is in part caused because our food supply is so bankrupt. You may have heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” I totally believe this is true.
Where does a person receive the needed nutrients if they can’t get them from food or doesn’t trust supplement companies?
First let me say there are foods that are not bankrupt. There are farmers and vendors that produce organic nutritionally dense food. Also, many are turning to growing their own fruits and vegetables.
Second, if you can’t get your nutrients from food, which is the best place to receive them from, you’ll have to get them from supplement vendors. Be careful and ask lots of questions because there are bad vendors and good vendors.
Education is the key. I’m just alerting you to what’s out there. Good eating!
Isagenix® Nutritional Consultant
Exercise and fitness geek
Six time finisher of the Ironman® Triathlon, the World’s toughest endurance event