We are the most over fed and under nourished country in the world. Supplementation is recommended by the Journal of American Medical Association due to the decline in nutritional value of our food. Vitamins fall into two categories: fat soluble and water soluble. The fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K dissolve in fat and can be stored in your body. The water- soluble vitamins C and the B-complex vitamins (such as vitamins B6, B12, niacin, riboflavin, and folate) need to dissolve in water before your body can absorb them so they are not stored by the body. Vitamins and minerals boost the immune system, support normal growth and development, and help cells and organs do their jobs. Essentials like omega-3 and vitamin D are making appearances more often in the news as many are suffering aliments from deficiencies in their diets. Omega-3 fatty acids have been well researched for their health benefits, largely focused on brain and heart health as well as protecting against cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. The body is unable to manufacture its own Omega-3 fat supply, so it is necessary to obtain sufficient intake from foods such as oily fish, nuts and seeds or through supplementation. Vitamin D may help defend against heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis. If you are looking for a great source of omega-3 with vitamin D3 let us know and we will point you in the right direction. Researchers publishing in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology (CJPP) have found that a diet enhanced with vitamin and mineral supplementation can lower the risk of developing precancerous colon cancer lesions by up to 84%. Colon cancer is the second most common form of the disease affecting men and women in the US, with nearly 150,000 new diagnoses each year.
How would one find a good supplement with all the options out there? There are over 3,000 vitamin and mineral supplements on the market. There are five manufactures in the industry that make and bottle all of those products. 95% of these products are synthetic meaning they are made of coal tar and rocks. Now our bodies can not digest rocks and our bodies were not designed to process toxins like coal tar and petroleum. There is a very simple experiment you can do at home to test a vitamin. Pull out the supplement you are currently taking, if you are not taking a supplement ask a friend to have a couple of their’s for a science experiment. Make sure you have two of each vitamin. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place one vitamin on a piece of tin foil and set the other aside. Bake the vitamin for 15 minutes. When you remove the vitamin from the oven you will notice one of two things. Either the vitamin will have browned much like a turkey does looking relatively similar to the uncooked vitamin or it with be oozing out tar and making the kitchen a little stinky. Now which would you prefer to take? A plant based supplement or one made of coal tar….humm. If you bake a prenatal vitamin you’ll be shocked at what oozes out and this poison goes right to the baby! We have partnered with the World Health Organization (WHO) to make some positive changes to the industry. Here is a great video with a overview on this topic, it is about 5 minutes long.
This is an great article on how to spot a vitamin D deficiency.
Action Step: Try baking your vitamins in the oven as outlined above. Email us your address if you would like to test this vitamin against a plant based whole food supplement. We will send you some samples of a great supplement you may want to consider switching to. Here are some vitamins we have baked.
Affirmation: I can accomplish anything I set my mind to and I set my mind to becoming physically and mentally fit. I am physically fit and I am mentally fit.