Must We all Acquire Food Supplements?

The question of whether we must take food supplements has been debated endlessly, and there is no single answer that most will agree to. When I first took a pastime in diet and health, and supplementation, significantly more than 20 years ago, the conventional view of doctors was that you may not need food supplements. Eat and drink a good diet, and you will get all of the vitamins and minerals you’ll need – which was what doctors would say.

That has been the general public view anyway, although I really could not help but note, when I visited the home of a physician I knew in England, that he had a good โรงงานรับผลิตอาหารเสริม way to obtain multivitamins and minerals on a home shelf. He also had a few other vitamin bottles, vitamin E and an added I fail to remember after all this time. Interestingly, he’d been a “scotch at night” man, but had suddenly switched to red wine. I made no comment, just smiled inwardly. I was a burgandy or merlot wine drinker anyway, and I have been having a general multivitamin and mineral for quite a while already.

By the first 80’s, the food revolution was already under way, and the foodstuff supplement industry preparing for rapid growth over the next 25 years. I ignored what doctors were saying, and started having a general multivitamin and mineral supplement. I did so so through good sense and logic, for the next reasons:

1. An excellent diet might have provided all of the vitamins and minerals needed 200 years ago, so in ways the doctors were probably right.

2. The body had evolved very slowly over thousand of years, always with the required time to adjust to environmental changes. Over the last 2 centuries, though, and especially the final 50 years, the body has been bombarded with massive quantities of toxic substances, chemicals in our food, water, and the air we breathe. Could evolution possibly have dealt with this through evolution, in such a short space of time? My good sense explained no. While a disease may change rapidly, the body cannot.

I chose to err quietly of caution and took a broad vitamin and mineral supplement ever since. Have I benefitted from that long term use? I am certain I have, but that is not science. However, I did so observe a significant drop in incidences of colds and flu. When I worked in London, I’d get 7 or 8 bugs per year; that quickly dropped to 2 or three after taking the supplements, and with a faster capability to recover. That had a hit on effectation of reducing incidences of iritis, which tended to check out a cool or flu when I was run down.

Something I noticed many years later was that two large cysts I’d had since a teen, or even earlier, had gone. One enormous cyst by my knee had quietly disappeared, and a smaller one on my arm too. Any connection? There’s no scientific evidence that there’s a connection. But those cysts were seemingly there for a lifetime, and the sole change I really could think of that might have made them disappear was the addition of multivitamins and minerals.

Things attended a long way since that time, and doctors are prone to advise patients to utilize a vitamin supplement. In the Philippines, where I now live, doctors encourage the utilization of multivitamins from the early age, or single supplements, such as for example folic acid for pregnant women, when needed. At the least I no more feel just like a complement rebel.