Eat your Supplements with a Fork

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.

Eat your Vitamins!

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.

 

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4 thoughts on “Eat your Supplements with a Fork

  1. Thank you for confirming what I have always suspected. And my old doctor believed. But last year I was dx’d with very low Vitamin D and put on a supplement. The numbers went up so it helped. She told me to continue with otc D at a much lower dose of course. I don’t see any difference in that and I’m slacking on always remembering to take it.
    Thanks for the free education here lol. I have seen that everyone north of the equator has low D and then I read an article about how low D is over diagnosed and over prescribed. Most of the time I don’t know what to believe. I made my doc check my magnesium and B vitamins because I keep hearing that helps migraines. Mine were fine. Idk. Awhile back I asked ppl’s opinions on fb about daily vitamins One of the smartest most well informed ppl I know said, “Expensive urine. But I still take a daily multi vitamin” lol

    1. I f I were a little less sleepy I would go find the documentation about how they set the minimum levels of vitamins, including D. It’s something like the highest amount that a grown adult might need doubled, just to make sure they covered all the bases for the sick or the people who were deficient.
      It’s like they just made all these numbers up. It was really disheartening to learn but it let me take the leap to just eating as well as I can and not worrying about it.

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