All natural health supplements should be based on the human diet. Supplementation must come from the foods we eat. Our cells need nutrients from all the links or groups as illustrated.
We may practice and master the basics of sound nutrition in order to obtain a healthy body. There are a few issues that arise when relying on diet alone.
For example, whole grains have received a tremendous amount of attention in both the *scientific community and the media lately. The USDA recommends a minimum of three servings of whole grains per day—yet most adults average only one serving. Most of our diets, therefore, lack the critical nutrients whole grains provide. This undermines our over all energy levels.
Carotenoids are yet another example of a key nutrient that is generally under represented in most diets. While the National Cancer Institute recommends a daily diet rich in fruits and vegetables that contain carotenoids, less than 10% of us meet that recommendation.
Last, but not least is an example that involves fatty acids. It is widely accepted in the scientific community that the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA play critical roles in human health. Most diets, however, do not include sufficient sources of fatty acids to provide basic, and certainly not optimal, amounts of these key nutrients.
These are only three of the scores of examples of critical nutrients difficult to obtain through diet alone. All natural health supplements should be derived from traditional fruits, vegetables and whole grains as their raw source of materials.
Many people get off track because of a desire to find that one “magic” supplement that will provide all of their nutritional needs. The problem, of course, is that no such supplement exists. Still, every year new products hit the market promising good health while providing incomplete nutritional benefits. Consumers purchase these products thinking they are providing their bodies with a complete nutritional supplement, but the odds are they are simply throwing their hard earned money away.
A wise philosophy has always included producing all natural health supplements that fill a specific void in the diet, providing our body with nutrients the scientific community recognizes as beneficial to optimal health. We know that one supplement simply cannot fill the entire nutritional needs of an individual. That is why nutritional companies should offer a wide variety of nutritional supplements. Here are some questions to ask yourself about any supplement before taking it:
It takes commitment to practice lifelong balanced nutrition, but the rewards include better health and wellness throughout our entire life. Ask yourself these questions next time your looking at a supplement:Why all natural health supplements?
We will give an example in order to best answer this question. Alpha linoleic acid (ALA) is the primary building block for other omega-3 fatty acids in both plants and animals. Plant sources such as flax seed oil have been touted as omega-3 sources for years. In an editorial in the July 2006 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition article entitled “Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease: Navigating Toward Recommendations” scientists conclude that “accumulating data reaffirms that the EPA and DHA precursor ALA is inefficient and much less efficacious” in humans. The human body finds it very difficult to convert ALA into the seven other omega-3’s the body makes and uses. For this reason it is better to use food (such as salmon) within the human diet to extract omega-3 fatty acids. [source]
What is the difference between supplements containing all natural raw materials and those containing raw materials considered uneatable by the USDA?
The difference is the effect or desired result these supplements would have in the body. The more true the raw materials are to the human diet, the more easily the body may digest and utilize these supplements. The best products are all natural health supplements.
Here is a list of familiar supplements on the market today along with a brief description:
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