Need to Many of us Get Food Supplements?
The question of whether we must take food supplements has been debated endlessly, and there is no single answer that will agree to. When I first took a pastime in diet and health, and supplementation, more than 20 years ago, the standard view of doctors was that you may not need food supplements. Eat and drink a great diet, and you will get all of the vitamins and minerals you will need – that has been what doctors would say.
That was people view anyway, although I possibly could not help but note, when I visited the house of a physician I knew in England, he had a great โรงงานรับผลิตอาหารเสริม method of getting multivitamins and minerals on a kitchen shelf. He also had a few other vitamin bottles, vitamin E and another I fail to consider after all of this time. Interestingly, he’d been a “scotch in the evening” man, but had suddenly switched to red wine. I made no comment, just smiled inwardly. I was a dark wine drinker anyway, and I have been taking a general multivitamin and mineral for quite a while already.
By early 80’s, the health food revolution had been under way, and the foodstuff supplement industry preparing for rapid growth over another 25 years. I ignored what doctors were saying, and started taking a general multivitamin and mineral supplement. I did so so through common sense and logic, for the following reasons:
1. A great diet may have provided all of the vitamins and minerals needed 200 years ago, so in ways the doctors were probably right.
2. The body had evolved very slowly over thousand of years, always with sufficient time to conform to environmental changes. Throughout the last 2 centuries, though, and especially the past 50 years, the human body has been bombarded with massive quantities of toxic substances, chemicals in our food, water, and the air we breathe. Could evolution possibly have dealt with that through evolution, in this short space of time? My common sense told me no. While a virus can alter rapidly, the human body cannot.
I chose to err on the side of caution and took an over-all vitamin and mineral supplement ever since. Have I benefitted from that longterm use? I’m certain I’ve, but that’s not science. However, I did so observe a notable drop in incidences of colds and flu. When I worked in London, I’d get 7 or 8 bugs a year; that quickly dropped to 2 or three after taking the supplements, and with a quicker power to recover. That had a knock on effectation of reducing incidences of iritis, which tended to check out a cold or flu when I was run down.
One thing I noticed a couple of years later was that two large cysts I had had since a teenager, or even earlier, had gone. One enormous cyst by my knee had quietly disappeared, and a smaller one on my arm too. Any connection? There’s no scientific evidence that there surely is a connection. But those cysts were seemingly there forever, and the only real change I possibly could think of that could have made them disappear was the addition of multivitamins and minerals.
Things attended a long way since that time, and doctors are more prone to advise patients to use a vitamin supplement. In the Philippines, where I now live, doctors encourage the use of multivitamins from a early age, or single supplements, such as folic acid for women that are pregnant, when needed. At the least I no further feel like a complement rebel.