Sometimes a client gets in contact and when we discuss eating habits they say that their diet is not great but it doesn’t matter because they are taking supplements and have an abundance of vitamins and nutrients every morning. But for some reason they still feel tired, sluggish, have difficulties concentrating and catch a few colds during winter.
You can’t pack the goodness of healthy food into a pill
Science has found ways to produce vitamins and minerals in pill form but it’s always better to have the “full package”: Let’s have a look at an apple. Apples do not only contain vitamin C and potassium but several antioxidants as well as 17 amino acids and a few minerals too. It also contains pectin which helps suppressing our appetite. You see where I’m going – most foods deliver more than just a few vitamins.
Mother nature is clever: our bodies are not supposed to live on pills, we should eat good foods. And studies suggest that we can’t extract nutrients from a pill in the same way as we can extract them from foods. So in general, I am not a big fan of supplements.
But there are some exceptions to the rule
- Vegetarians / Vegans – If you are following a vegetarian or vegan diet, a supplement will support your calcium, protein and Vitamin B levels
- You don’t like a certain food group: If you don’t like fish, you may struggle with your intake of Omega 3 and 6 and besides other sources a supplement can help
- If you had a blood test and your doctor told you that your levels of a certain nutrient are particularly low, you may consider taking a supplement.
Life is Good!
please always speak to your doctor before taking a supplement