Diet and Nutrition supplementation is no longer a choice

Under-nourishment and over-eating both have harmful consequences on our health.

Supplementation is no longer a matter of Choice

Diet and nutrition go hand in hand. A better diet leads to better nutrition, and one important component of better nutrition is supplementation. Why? The body doesn’t absorb every nutrient consumed, making it nearly impossible to get all the right nutrients all of the time. What’s the best supplement? The one that works. Who needs to supplement their diet? Everyone! Research has shown that when supplement use increases, the use of prescription drugs goes down. According to the American Medical Association, supplementation is no longer a matter of choice, as people who do not supplement their diets are at higher risk for degenerative diseases; and Dr. John Klippel, president of the Arthritis Foundation, stated “There are lots of choices that people need to make and supplements are one of them”.

Without the proper nutrients needed to do their job, our bodies are fighting a losing battle to keep us healthy, the result being sickness and disease. A hundred years ago people died primarily from infectious diseases such as influenza, pneumonia, and diphtheria. Today the leading causes of death and disability are heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, and other degenerative diseases. In large part this change is due to how we eat (fast foods, over- processed foods), what we eat (partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup), and the quality of what we eat. The Center for Disease Control reports that 5 out of every 10 deaths are due to poor diet. The CDC says that translates to almost 400,000 Americans dying every year due to obesity from poor nutrition or lack of exercise.

The publication What We Eat in America: NHANES 2001-2002, based on a federal dietary survey of almost 9,000 people, shows that almost a third of us are getting too little Vitamin C, almost half too little vitamin A, more than half too little magnesium, 92 to 97% too little fiber and potassium, and 93% too little vitamin E.

A 1991 study done by the British, and a more recent one done by the University of Texas based on USDA data, show that the food grown today is less nutritious than that grown 60 years ago, due to soil depletion, fertilizers, and high yield varieties. While fertilizers cause plants to grow bigger and faster, they do nothing to increase the plant’s ability to absorb nutrients at a faster rate. Research has also found that plants have a fixed amount of energy and varieties with high yields may not have the energy to absorb enough nutrients from the soil to fully supply that high yield. These studies show that onions have 75% less calcium, potatoes 35% less calcium and 45% less iron, spinach 60% less iron, cabbage 71% less iron, and carrots 75% less magnesium than they did in 1940.

10% Absorption rate on most Vitamins

As a result of growing less nutritious foods, most of the food we eat today is fortified with calcium and vitamins. Unfortunately most of the calcium used is not the type that is readily absorbed by our bodies, nor do our bodies recognize most of the synthetic vitamins that are added. Dr. Barnet G. Meltzer, M.D., a well known authority in the field of Preventative Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, says liquid supplementation is superior to tablets, capsules, and powders; one reason being that the binders used to make pills are not readily broken down by the body’s digestive system. According to Dr. Meltzer, while vitamin pills have only about 10% absorption (15-19% absorption for chelated vitamins), liquid supplementation has minimum of 85% nutritional absorption. Dr. Monica Marcu, Pharmacologist, concurs, saying liquid nutrition is better used by the body than solid nutrition.

Vitamins and other nutrients are best absorbed and used by the body when they are derived from natural sources like Moringa Leaf™ (plants and animals) and are present in naturally occurring complex compounds.