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The benefits of natural vitamins

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As you may have guessed, most Americans are simultaneously overfed and under-nourished. Too much empty calorie "junk food" with little to no nutritional value affects health in short order. The soils in which crops are grown is depleted of minerals and vitamins after a century of monoculture. What was once handled with natural fertilizers such as compost to preserve the soil is now all chemical pesticides which leech out nutrients while adding toxins to our bodies. Our foods are so heavily processed that all the nutrients are stripped out -- only to be added back in the form of "enriched" foods.

In addition, many areas around the country do not have a source of locally-grown food. When foods need to be shipped across the country (if not imported from other countries), their essential nutrients degrade in transit. To attempt to prevent degradation of nutrients, foods being transported end up chemically preserved as much as possible. Those fruits and vegetables are not as healthy as they appear to be. That meat has been dipped in chemicals to preserve colour and texture before the supermarket sells it.

This is not a healthy way to live. If you can find a safe source of organic locally grown food, use it to get your vitamins as nature intended -- from food.

The benefits of natural foods

Rather than take a lot of vitamin supplements every day, the best thing for your health is to eat foods which naturally contain the necessary vitamins. Foods labeled as "enriched" or "fortified" such as cereals and rice are vitamin-added; they do not naturally contain those vitamins.

Essential vitamins

Trace minerals

Safe synthetic supplements

If you cannot find a safe food source for a vitamin or mineral, of course a safe synthetic supplement is better than no source of that vitamin or mineral at all.

For example, D3 levels are at an all-time low in the general population due to admonishments from medical professionals to avoid sunlight by using high-SPF sunscreen. If your levels are low when checked by a medical professional, an adult can supplement 5000 IU of D3 per day. If you are light-skinned, this is the amount of D3 produced as a result of 30 minutes outside in summer in a bikini. However, darker skin blocks the production of Vitamin D by the body. If your skin is darker, the further you live from the equator, the more likely it is that you will probably need to supplement to keep your levels up.

Can't I just take a multivitamin and be done?

No. Multivitamins are synthetic, and therefore not a good source of vitamins unless you do not have access to a safe food containing the necessary vitamins. Multivitamins also may not contain the precise supplements you need in the amounts you need. They may contain things you don't need such as artificial colours and/or flavours to make them more palatable, particularly for children's multivitamins.

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