Saturday, May 5, 2007

Be Healthy - Take Nutritional Supplements

by: Paul Wallace

Adding dietary nutritional supplements to our diets has for years been advocated by nutritionists and nutritional research scientists.

Now, the American Medical Association has reversed its long held policy regarding the need for nutritional supplements.

The AMA now recommends daily use of these nutrients they had previously considered unnecessary for health.

Doctors now recognize the absolute need for everyone to take dietary nutritional supplements every day.

The AMA has finally recognized and accepted the preponderance of data that proves a direct link proving that the nutrients in our diets are so poor that they are a major cause of our diseases.

While the most commonly recognized nutritional supplements are vitamins, many more nutrients are classified as nutritional supplements. They include:

1) Minerals,
2) Amino acids,
3) Enzymes,
4) Essential fatty acids,
5) Fiber

Our health and wellbeing is greatly dependent on the food we eat. There simply is no other way to obtain the nutrients we need except through eating.

As early as 1936 the Government reported on the impact of depleted soils. One excerpt from this report states:

"Laboratory test prove that the fruits, the vegetables, the grains, the eggs, and even the milk and the meats of today are not what they were a few generations ago (which doubtless explains why our forefathers thrived on a selection of foods that would starve us!)".

In agreeing with what nutritionists and research scientists have been saying for years, the medical profession is confirming that our food no longer is capable of providing the essential elements our bodies need.

At first glance this may seem unimportant but it is a major change in policy that should not go unrecognized by the general public.

The reasons for this complete reversal of policy are many:

1) Soils are depleted of the nutrients they once provided.
2) Fruits and vegetables are picked too early.
3) Processing destroys nutrients especially enzymes.

Every element needed for growth, health, wellness, and even survival must come from the food we eat. This is because our bodies are "closed systems.

Virtually every leading cause of death today was either unknown or only a minor health concern 50 years ago. Scientific research has proven a definite and immediate link for this to the changes in the food we eat,

Americans, in general, want to improve their health. Over 43% of Americans now take some form of nutritional supplements.

Probably this is a result of having experienced a general feeling of being tired, exhausted, or a sustained feeling of simply not feeling the way we think we should feel.

This indicates that we are concerned enough to take some action. The question is whether it is enough.

We probably picked our nutritional supplement, most likely a vitamin or two, based on some advertisement that described our "symptoms".

The problem is, if we believe that our diet is deficient in one or two vitamins, is it realistic to assume that we are getting all the other nutrients that we get from the same source?

We are the "victims" of advertisers who tell us part truths.

Companies that market food make large sums of money by capitalizing on our desire to be healthy. Two of the biggest "buzz-words" in food advertising today are "Free Radicals" and "Anti-Oxidants".

Free radicals have been proven to cause aging and disease, make changes in DNA structures, suppress the immune system and cause many other health related problems.

Anti-oxidants are vitally important to our health because they destroy free radicals.

Fruit juices provide vitamin C which provides anti-oxidants.

Where this line of advertising is misleading, and possibly dangerous, is that the public is led to believe that simply drinking a glass of juice a day will significantly improve one's health. The glass of juice is beneficial but it certainly is not the "cure-all" to our nutritional deficiencies.

Vitamin C and anti-oxidants are absolutely vital for health, but so are the myriad of other vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and essential fatty acids that our bodies need.

Furthermore, anti-oxidants are produced by many other elements of our diet, not just vitamin C, and vitamin C is needed for many other processes in the body.

If one is truly concerned about their health and that of their family, they need a complete dietary nutritional supplement.

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