The question of whether we should take food supplements has been debated endlessly, and there is no answer that most will agree to. When I first took a pursuit in diet and health, and supplementation, a lot more than 20 years ago, the standard view of doctors was that you don’t need food supplements. Eat and drink a good diet, and you are certain to get most of the vitamins and minerals you’ll need – which was what doctors would say.
That has been the general public view anyway, although I possibly could not help but note, when I visited the home of a health care provider I knew in England, that he had a good โรงงานรับผลิตอาหารเสริม supply of multivitamins and minerals on a kitchen shelf. He also had a few other vitamin bottles, vitamin E and an added I fail to keep in mind after all of this time. Interestingly, he had always been a “scotch in the evening” man, but had suddenly switched to red wine. I made no comment, just smiled inwardly. I was a dark wine drinker anyway, and I have been going for a general multivitamin and mineral for a while already.
By the early 80’s, medical food revolution was already under way, and the meals supplement industry finding your way through rapid growth over another 25 years. I ignored what doctors were saying, and started going for a general multivitamin and mineral supplement. I did so so through wise practice and logic, for the following reasons:
1. A good diet might have provided most of the vitamins and minerals needed 200 years ago, so in ways the doctors were probably right.
2. The human body had evolved very slowly over thousand of years, always with the required time to adjust to environmental changes. Throughout the last 2 centuries, though, and especially the past 50 years, the body has been bombarded with massive quantities of toxic substances, chemicals within our food, water, and the air we breathe. Could evolution possibly have dealt with this through evolution, in this short space of time? My wise practice told me no. While a disease can transform rapidly, the body cannot.
I decided to err quietly of caution and have taken a broad vitamin and mineral supplement ever since. Have I benefitted from that long term use? I’m certain I’ve, but that’s not science. However, I did so observe a notable drop in incidences of colds and flu. When I worked in London, I’d get 7 or 8 bugs a year; that quickly dropped to 2 or three after taking the supplements, and with a faster ability to recover. That had a knock on effectation of reducing incidences of iritis, which tended to follow along with a cold or flu when I was run down.
Something I noticed a few years later was that two large cysts I had had since an adolescent, or maybe earlier, had gone. One enormous cyst by my knee had quietly disappeared, and an inferior one on my arm too. Any connection? There is no scientific evidence that there surely is a connection. But those cysts were seemingly there forever, and the only real change I possibly could think of that may have made them disappear was the addition of multivitamins and minerals.
Things came a long way since that time, and doctors are more likely to advise patients to utilize a vitamin supplement. In the Philippines, where I now live, doctors encourage the utilization of multivitamins from the young age, or single supplements, such as for example folic acid for pregnant women, when needed. At the least I no longer feel like a supplement rebel.