Do I take supplements or should I be trying to get what I need from food?
Nutrition surveys tell us that more and more people are not meeting the bare minimum recommended daily amounts (RDAs) of more and more nutrients. Common examples are magnesium, selenium, zinc and vitamins A, C and D. Government response is often to drop the RDAs further!
Ideally we get our nutrients from real food. The quality of our food has changed dramatically so it is no longer as simple as this. Our depleted soil, the types of seeds, processing and additives are all not helping. Sugar depletes nutrients from the body, as the body works to handle it, but brings nothing to the party in return, a ‘minus-sum game’.
Chemicals are disrupting our chemistry, overworking our elimination pathways and provoking the immune system. Sometimes the body will need a therapeutic dose of something and additional supplement support may be appropriate. Fish oil is a good example for the diabetic person. The body tries to tell us that it needs something additional - this message is often met with a medication! Which of course can also cause negative side effects.
It is interesting to note that the 60 mg or so of vitamin C is in an apple, with all its cofactors, equals the effect of around 1500 mg of “pure” vitamin C in the body. So you can see that eating real food is important. Nature is designed perfectly but the marketers have got too clever!
So the definitive answer is YES you are most likely going to need some help from supplements. generally a change in diet is essential for most people. Supplements will help us all.
If you feel you need help please feelf ree to reach out the a Health Coach at the Diabetes Clinic. Contact us via our Facebook page via messenger.
Have a healthy day
Blog written on behalf of the Diabetes Clinic.