It has been scientifically proven by studies at universities and other scientific institutions that the supplementation of diet with minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and other nutritional elements can prevent, reduce and in some cases reverse the incidents of chronic degenerative diseases.
"If I'm eating healthily why do I need nutritional supplements?" People ask me this question on a daily basis. Here are some good reasons as to why you most probably need full-spectrum nutritional supplements.
20 reasons to start your own high-quality multivitamin and mineral supplement programme
1. Poor Digestion: Even when your food intake is good, inefficient digestion can limit your body’s absorption of nutrients from food.
2. Regular Consumption of Hot Tea, Coffee and Spices: These can cause inflammation of the digestive linings causing a drop in digestive enzymes and decreased extraction of minerals and vitamins from food.
3. Drinking Alcohol: Too much alcohol can lead to subclinical malnutrition and increased demand for the B-group vitamins, especially thiamine, niacin, pyridoxine, folic acid and vitamin B12. Alcohol negatively affects availability and absorption of zinc, magnesium, calcium and vitamins A and C.
4. Smoking: smoking irritates the digestive tract and increases the body’s requirement for vitamin C for immune function.
5. Overcooking: This can oxidise and destroy heat susceptible vitamins such as the B group, vitamins C and E. Boiling vegetables reduces their vitamins B and C content by at least 80% depending on the temperature and how long they’re boiled, and makes minerals a lot less bioavailable.
6. Food Storage: Common sources of vitamin E in bread and oils arte highly processed. Thiamine or B1 and vitamin C are also lost from food preserving.
7. Over-consumption of Convenience Foods (Fast Foods): Fast foods loaded with highly refined sugar, white flour or white rice increase our body’s demand for B group vitamins which if lacking can lead to irritability, lethargy and sleep disorders.
8. Use of Antibiotics: Antibiotics kill off friendly bacteria that would normally produce nutrients such as certain B vitamins needed by the body, which are readily absorbed through the intestinal wall.
9. Crop Nutrient Losses: Our soils are deficient in trace elements such as selenium and B12 due to inorganic farming practices and modern agricultural factors that lead to the soil’s depletion of minerals.
10. Stress: Physical, emotional and chemical stress can increase the body’s requirement for the B vitamins and vitamin C.
11. Growth Support for Teenagers: Growth spurts in the teenage years require higher demands for all the vitamins and minerals.
12. Pregnancy: For the healthy growth of the baby and uncomplicated confinement of the mother all the B vitamins, folic acid, vitamins A D E, minerals, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and phosphorous are required.
13. Oral Contraceptives: The contraceptive pill can decrease absorption of folic acid and increase the body’s requirement for vitamin B6 and possibly vitamin C, zinc and riboflavin.
14. Aging: The elderly shows a low intake of vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, zinc, B2, B6, folic acid and vitamin C as well as fibre.
15. Food Allergies: People with food allergies have a leaky gut that is at the same time coated with mucus, preventing optimum nutrient assimilation. This will lead to nutritional deficiencies in spite of sufficient food intake.
16. Fad Dieting: Fad diets are often unhealthy and in their extreme can deprive your body of essential nutrients. Healthy weight loss is brought about by detoxification, not malnutrition.
17. Deficiencies Brought About By Low Body Reserves: Although some nutrients can be stored by the body (e.g. fatsoluble vitamins), a person can still have a shortage of such nutrients. This can be easily measured in screenings.
18. Individualised Nutritional Needs: A baby, growing teenager, pregnant woman and male athlete will all have varied nutritional needs. Supplements that are formulated to meet the specific nutritional requirements of each group will then be of great benefit.
19. Recovery from Accidents and Illnesses: Nutrients in higher doses are needed to detoxify, heal and rebuild cells and tissues to recover from injuries and diseases.
20. Exposure to Environmental Toxins: Air pollution, water contamination, pesticides, household toxins and other kind of chemical and industrial poisons can greatly burden the body’s immune system and lead to disease. Vitamins and minerals are therefore needed for support and detoxification.
For more information regarding scientific documentation for supplementation, please refer to Dr Gerald R J Lewis and Dr B Monica Lewis' "Dietary upplements Fad Fable or Fact?" (Listed under "Supplementation" on our Recommended Reading page)