I have bought at least 50 different supplements in my life. Mostly after the initial cancer treatment. I was so depleted and unable to eat anything healthy that it seemed like I must just be missing something. I think I tried everything. Some things helped, most didn’t.
Just before, in an odd twist of fate it was actually four days before, I was diagnosed a second time with cancer I consulted a Naturopath. I really liked her and she gave me some great advice and a list of new supplements to buy and start taking. So I did. Only one seem to make any visible difference. Maybe they were all helping me on the inside but it would have been nice if I had seen a more impactful change.
Recently while going through all of my course materials I heard a presentation about supplements and why they are not usually the best way to go. If I take a handful of supplements in the morning and fill my belly with all of the RDA of 19 different vitamins and minerals I am probably receiving some benefit, but the benefit is not as great as you would expect for a couple of reasons. One – when these vitamins were created they are based on the science saying your body benefits from a certain amount of a vitamin a day. Let’s use Vitamin C as the example. They found out you benefit at that amount by studies done with people eating food with vitamin C. Then then created a Vitamin C tablet. What that doesn’t account for is all of the different things in the food they tested that might interact with Vitamin C, in the food and in your body. There may be much less benefit by getting that vitamin without the combination of Fiber, Vitamin A, and whatever else is in actual food. Two – your body may not need Vitamin C at that moment. It may need it six hours later but your body has already processed the Vitamin and gotten rid of the excess C.
The only solution is to eat your supplements. Every meal. Get a wide variety of foods that are healthy and good for your body.
I do still take a Multi-vitamin – twice a day, and Vitamin B with Folic Acid. My body is pretty beat up from the ongoing chemo and I cannot always eat the foods I need to so I am padding my odds as much as possible. Anyone who does not eat a range of meat and fish should also take B12. It is not present in most of the veggies and fruits we eat anymore so as Vegan/Vegetarians we need to supplement.