Do you take vitamins? Do you ever wonder if they are actually DOING anything?? I know, I know… many people out there swear by their effects, and I also know that it totally depends on the kind of vitamins you are taking. I used to take them every day. I believed, as many other do, that it can’t hurt and probably helps in SOME way. But I eventually stopped because something about it just didn’t feel right with me.
Here’s what I have come to realize. There are TOO many subtle, inter-related effects within food to be able to isolate a few and say, “That’s all you need.” For example, look at the some of the biological and chemical elements of parsley:
PARSLEY: Apigenin, Apiole, Apiosylglucoside, Bergapten, Calcium, Carotol, Caryophyllene, Copaene, Diglucoside, Elemene, Fats, Folate (B9), Folic Acid, Furocoumarins, Glucoside, Iron, Isopimpinellin, Isopropenylbenzene, Linoleic Acid, Luteolin, Magnesium, Menthatriene, Methyl Disulfide, Myrcene, Myristic Acid, Myristicin, Myristolic Acid, Niacin (B3), Ocimene, Octadecenoic Acid, Oleic Acid, Oxypeucedanin, Palmitic Acid, Pantothenic acid (B5), Petroselinic Acid, Phellandrene, Phosphorus, Pinene, Potassium, Protein, Riboflavin (B2), Stearic Acid, Sugars, Terpinene, Terpineol, Terpinolene, Tetramethoxyallybenzene, Thiamine (B1), Thymol, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Xanthotoxin, Zinc. SOME BENEFITS: Properties: antiscorbutic, stimulating, diuretic, depurative, stomachic, aperitive and anthelmintic. Parsley freshens the breath. Laxative, hypotensive, antimicrobial, and tonic (on uterine muscles) properties. Useful for reducing bone resorption and maintaining bone health as well as for cancer chemoprevention. Reported to posses antitumor, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory activities.
There’s a LOT going on in there.
How can we isolate JUST ONE and claim it to be more important the the rest? My guess is when they discover new properties and how awesome they are, the marketing machine takes over and attempts to isolate and sell those individual properties.
What is clear to many is that food is best consumed in its WHOLE FORM. Basically, our best results come from eating food that is in the form that nature (or god, or evolution, or whatever you prefer) intended. Why ISOLATE? That’s left brain, reductionistic thinking. Instead, get the deeper understanding and meaning with the full spectrum in your diet.
I was prompted to write this after reading “Billion-Dollar Scam In a Bottle: Why Vitamins Could Be Useless—or Even Shorten Your Lifespan.” I have been feeling for some time now that SUPPLEMENTS are essential, however, Vitamin PILLS are not the best way to supplement your diet. Real food is. The mineral content in our farm soil is eroding over time, and today’s fruits and vegetables are much less nutrient dense then the local, organic variety from 75 years ago.
So, supplement with “real food.” Start with the herbs (parsley, cilantro, basil, etc) and spices (turmeric, cinnamon, etc.) and then amp it way up with grasses (wheat grass, barley grass, etc). If you are busy or just prefer the convenience, my favorite “supplement” is Healthforce Nutritional‘s green powder in a bottle called “Vita-mineral Green.” Here are just SOME of the ingredients:
Alaria, Alfalfa Grass, American Basil, Amla Berry, Barley Grass, Bladderwrack, Carob Pod, Chickweed, Chlorella, Dandelion Leaf, Dulse, Ginger Root, Holy Basil/Tulsi, Horsetail/Shavegrass, Kelp, Lavar, Moringa Leaf, Nettle Leaf, Nori, Oat Grass, Parsley Leaf, Shilajit , Spirulina, Wheat Grass, Yacon Leaf.
There are others on the market that I have used and enjoyed. Basically, any “powdered greens” are going to be an excellent way to boost your overall nourishment factor.
Skip the pills, just eat real food!
PS, for the most part the above is true. Of course, there ARE a few note-able exceptions.
- Omega 3
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