Why You Need Nutritional Health Supplements

balance dietDo you really need to take nutritional health supplements to be healthy? Or can you get all the nutrition you need from healthy eating?

And if you do need supplements, what are the best supplements for your health?

There’s been a lot of confusion about nutritional health supplements. It wasn’t too long ago that all government agencies and almost all doctors and nutritionists told us we didn’t need nutritional supplements.

They said we could get everything we need from the “food pyramid.”

Some “authorities” still say we don’t need to take health supplements to be healthy and stay disease free. But the facts say otherwise!

Nutrition for Great Health vs “Adequate” Nutrition

A few years back the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) started checking the evidence for whether or not you need health supplements.

They studied the nutritional intake of over 21,000 Americans. And the shocking findings showed that no one was getting even the minimum RDA’s (recommended daily allowance) from the foods they ate.

And the RDA’s were meant to be just the bare-bones “adequate” nutrition necessary to prevent deficiency diseases like scurvy, beriberi and rickets.

The RDA’s are certainly nowhere close to the optimum nutrition that can give you the great anti-aging health and fitness you want. Yet not one single person was getting even “adequate” nutrition from their food.

That’s when “authority” figures started changing their tune.

Here’s Why You Need Nutritional Health Supplements

The RDA for Vitamin C is only 60 milligrams. But numerous studies show the ODA (optimum daily allowance) for C is at least 500 milligrams.

And getting the ODA of vitamin C not only protects you from scurvy, it also helps protect against colds, flues, viruses and many deadly diseases.

Here’s another example. The RDA for vitamin E is 30 IU’s (International Units). And two very good sources for E are peanuts and brown rice. But to get “adequate” vitamin E from these two foods you would have to eat:

  • at least 10 oz. of peanuts with 1,050 calories
  • or 2 ¼ pounds of brown rice at 1,575 calories.

No way, right? But that’s not the end of it.

Studies show in order to take full advantage of the many great health benefits of vitamin E, you need to be getting the ODA, between 200 and 400 IU’s. So how much would you have to eat to get the ODA for E?

Hope you’re hungry!  Because for “optimum” E nutrition you need:

  • a minimum of 40 cups of peanuts at 33,600 calories
  • or 130 cups of brown rice with 91,000 calories!

And that’s just the tip of the need-for-nutritional-supplements iceberg. To learn more, check out Eating Organic to see how your food is grown.

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So, are you taking supplements now? Which nutrients do you feel are important to you? AND, do you remember to take them every day?

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  1. Bev says

    You did not answer the question posed in your second paragraph….”And if you do need supplements, what are the best supplements for your health?”

  2. M Massey says

    You say…And take the best quality natural nutritional health supplements. How does a consumer determine this?

  3. Sharling Choedon Kalsang says

    I have tried to maintain my weight by doing jogging and yoga. I am having healthy foods. But I used to take six cups of strong tea with sugar per day. My height is 5.2 inches and weight is 72 kg. Until now I do not have blood pressure, diebetes. I am 57 years old and fearing that might get some life taking diseases. So, please suggest me.

    • says

      First of all, Sharling, please stop worrying. Worrying never solves anything. It actually sounds like you’re doing very well for yourself. The best thing for you to do is to eat fresh, healthy foods, avoid snacks, sweets and highly processed foods, eat more veggies, drink more clean water, exercise regularly, hang out with happy people, and laugh more. You can learn more about optimizing your health by reading the articles in the Healthy Living and Diet & Nutrition categories at http://www.commonsensehealth.com. You will find what you are looking for there.

  4. says

    Thanks Bev & M! Those a very good questions and I really appreciate you pointing out that I need to answer it – so I’ll be doing an article on it in the near future. But in the meantime, here’s my criteria:

    1. Daily nutritional supplements should contain vitamins minerals and phytonutrients (not herbs) that might be missing or under-supplied in your diet.
    2. The vitamins minerals and phytonutrients should come from food sources that are natural and normal for human beings to eat.
    3. Supplements should come from a respected company with a commitment to be checked regularly by the FDA for product claims and cleanliness.

    If you’re interested in my personal choice, here’s a link to the nutritional supplements I have been using for myself and my family many for years: http://www.havegoodhealth.net/.

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