This is a question i have been asked a lot during my time as a nutritionist and if i had £1 for every time i’d been asked it, well, let me tell you, i’d probably have about £12 by now! But still, i hear this being asked on TV programs and in magazine articles and it is probably a question that will never go away. But what’s the answer?
Well, among nutritionists there seems to be two camps. One anti-supplements and one pro-supplements. Those in the anti-supplement group state that you can get all the nutrients you need from your diet as long as it’s balanced and healthy. Fair enough. But, in my experience these nutritionists do not understand how supermarkets work and let’s face it, the supermarkets have pretty much got 95% of the UK population in a head lock when it comes to where we buy our fruit and veg from. Sad, but true. So what have supermarkets got to do with it?
Well, there are two problems a supermarket faces when they stock fruit and veg. No. 1 is the demand. Nowadays, people want strawberries in December so the supermarket has to get them from somewhere and as the UK is not an option they have to import them from other countries. However, as soon as those strawberries are picked, they start to degrade in terms of their nutrient value and this is a widely known fact. Therefore, the further they have to travel to reach our shops, the more degraded they become and by the time we eat them the majority of their nutrient value has gone. But, supermarkets have got to supply the demand.
The second problem is waste because as soon as those strawberries are picked, enzymes are released to help the fruit decompose and release it’s seeds so that the strawberry plant can reproduce. But, this affects the shelf life of the product so supermarkets have come up with a way of preventing this. They irradiate the fruits which kills the enzymes and stops them from breaking down so quickly. Then, when they import the strawberries, they still look fresh on the shelf. Good for supermarkets but bad for us. You see, it is these very enzymes that help us break down the fruits when we eat them so if they are not present in the fruits we eat, it is little wonder why we get conditions such as acid reflux and bloating after meals. A simple test can be done with apples. The next time you eat one, leave the core out in the open for a while before you throw it away and see how long it takes to turn brown. The flesh of an irradiated apple will stay white for a very long time and this is a good way of assessing which type of apple is best. The quicker it turns brown, the better it is for you.
So in summary, supplements are needed until these problems can be addressed. If we didnt believe that supplements were needed, we wouldn’t sell them. We just want to help everyone to be happy and healthy and choosing a good supplement with a combination of vitamins, minerals, fulvic acid and digestive enzymes can be your own little health insurance policy.
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