The Safety Net

Maybe our food was more nutritious a hundred years ago. Maybe we got all the nutrition we needed by eating a healthy diet, but this is not so today. The amount of nutrients you need is determined by your size, work, genes, age, health environment and the latitude where you live. This determines your specific needs and varies of course from one person to another.

Life-giving vitamins

The number of studies which show that food supplements support better health and hinder chronic illness increases constantly. Go to www.scholargoogle.com and type in Vitamin E or C and check for yourself. Here are some of the benefits we reap from intake of vitamins.
  • Lack of nutrients over a long period of time harms our DNA in much the same way as radiation, oxidation and free radicals lead to cancer.
  • Research on different nutrients opens up our ability to protect ourselves from illness. In order to reduce the risk of chronic illness more vitamins and minerals are needed to increase resistance.
  • Low levels of folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12 raise the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, neural tube defects, colon or breast cancer.
  • Too little D-vitamin increases the risk breaking a bone in young people and osteoporosis in the elderly. A lack of D-vitamin also increases the risk of developing MS and other autoimmune diseases. Anyone living north of the latitude of Paris runs a risk of having low levels of D-vitamin because of the angles of the suns rays, holes in the ozone layer and increased darkness during the winter months.
  • Too little of the antioxidants A-, C- and E-vitamin increase the risk of several chronic diseases including cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Malnutrition
Nine out of ten Scandinavians eat too few of the above nutrients in their diet. Even though a food supplement should not be a substitute for a healthy diet, Bruce Ames claims that the best and simplest way of ensuring your intake of nutrients is to take a food supplement daily. Choose one that has been created for this purpose. A good food supplements should either have been produced from nutrient dense foods or specially enhanced vitamins and minerals that the body needs. We are lucky that there are several producers of great food supplements in the supplement industry. This industry has grown since the second world war and has specialized in the production of natural food supplements.
Intimidation about food supplements

Two former editors in chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, Doctors Marcia Angell and Jerome Kassirer, published a reveiw in 2004 that exposed how Pharmaceutical companies pay doctors to influence medical research by signing off on papers that they have not written or researched. Drug companies have a major influence on the whole system, from research to publication. Richard Horton, Chief editor of The Lancet, admitted in the summer of 2005 infront of a Health Committee in Britains House of Commons that medical journals and pharmaceutical companies have a relationship which is something between ”symbiotic and parasitic”. He explained how pharmaceutical companies and their employees bribe the medical journals so that research in support of a new drug will be published. This is done by promising in advance to buy a certain number of loose numbers. Large sums of money are involved – at times a million dollars for one article. Medical journals also get paid large sums for inserts or appendixes which are tailored to the company’s publicity needs.

The major medical journals earn tens of millions of dollars per advertisement. There is of course no need for a pharmaceutical company to buy an ad in these journals – they decide themselves which journal to use. But they can also choose to avoid a certain journal if the editors show their independence when it comes to judging the research presented, and which has been carried out by doctors that are on the pharmaceutical company’s payroll.

Protective micro nutrients
Soon after the Second World War a norm for nutritional needs was developed. These norms were given the name RDA - Recommended Dietary Allowance, thereby establishing a minimum level of nutrients needed by humans. Up until now these have continued to serve as a survival minimum. A public authority was created in the US and was given the responsibility to keep the RDA updated.
Many people believe that the RDA is the highest level of nutrients needed despite the fact that it is an old survival limit, one that Pharmaceutical companies and the media often use wrongly to spread fear of high levels of vitamins and minerals.

Do you actually get enough nutrition?  We eat when we are hungry and need more energy. The fact that we actually eat because our bodies need of specific nutrients has to be met, is something we don’t often think about. Although we may think we are eating a balanced diet, we may only be meeting our energy needs while the vital vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids we should be getting from our diet, are lacking.
There are many factors that stop us getting our daily supply of nutrients. Stress, economic limitations and lack of information about our food, combined with an over consumption of precooked and fast foods are some of the main causes.
  • How many children choose vegetables rather than cookies, candy and fast foods?
  • How many children eat at least 5 portions of the daily recommendation of vegetables and fruits?

In addition to this the body burden of environmental toxins increases our need of nutrients. In fact this has raised our need of the vitamins and minerals our detox systems in an attempt to keep us clean and healthy. We need to replenish our depots of nutrition and ensure that our environmental protection stays active all our lives if we want to stay healthy till the day we die.
Some people say that food supplements lead to expensive urine. But as Dr J. S. Bland points out, food and water also pass right through the body. We all know that food and water are used on their way through and are necessary for us to maintain health. The same can be said for the nutrients that are found in food supplements.

Of all the things you can do to activate your environmental protection, taking a complex nutrient dense food supplement or a detox drink is the simplest life insurance you can have, even though it should never be exchanged for a balanced and healthy diet.

You will find the best food supplement are made by companies who specialize in nutrition. The most important thing to look for is high levels of vitamins and minerals and as few excipients, colorings flavorings or coatings as possible. Shun the cheaper food supplements. If its cheap it will also contain less nutrients and more fillers. Check out Links – Food Supplements.