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Best Vitamins are Whole Food Vitamins In Fruits and Vegetables: Don’t Spend Money on Cheap Vitamins

We all know that vitamins are essential for our normal health and development. They are vital to life and everybody needs them. It’s also no secret that vitamins, minerals and other dietary supplements are part of a very lucrative, billion dollar industry. In fact, it is reported by some sources that Americans spend almost $2 billion on various vitamin and mineral supplements annually.

We keep hearing compelling arguments trying to convince us to take vitamins, minerals and other supplements:

“Vitamins, supplements, herbs and other natural remedies can cure you as well as or better than many prescription drugs…without the negative side effects.”

“If everyone took a few supplements every day, they could significantly lower their risk of a multitude of serious diseases.”

However does that mean we have to run to the nearest Vitamin Shoppe or order them online from Vitamins Direct or some other cheap vitamins supplier?

While taking some supplements is necessary if there is deficiency, some of the supplements may actually be doing more harm than good.

So, whenever you feel an urge to buy the latest and greatest multi vitamin supplement, or super food, consider this:

– How do you know which vitamins to take? How can you be sure you are selecting the right nutritional supplements to take? Having the proper balance of vitamins and minerals is essential for health. Excess of isolated vitamins or minerals can have similar symptoms as vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Vitamins and minerals can work in synergy or can block the absorbtion or effect of each other. Supplement manufacturers spend millions trying to persuade us that their products are the best on the market. What can you believe and to whom can you go to for advice? Your doctor? Most medical schools do not provide sufficient education in nutrition.

– How do you know how much to take? In large doses, some vitamins have documented side effects that tend to be more severe with a larger dosage. The likelihood of consuming too much of any vitamin from food is remote, but overdosing from vitamin supplementation does occur. At high enough dosages some vitamins cause side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.

When side effects emerge, recovery is often accomplished by reducing the dosage. The concentrations of vitamins an individual can tolerate vary widely, and appear to be related to age and state of health. In the United States, overdose exposure to all formulations of vitamins was reported by 62,562 individuals in 2004 (nearly 80% of these exposures were in children under the age of 6), leading to 53 “major” life-threatening outcomes and 3 deaths;a small number in comparison to the 19,250 people who died of unintentional poisoning of all kinds in the U.S. in the same year (2004). Source: Wikipedia.

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, are told to use extreme caution when adding supplements to your diet for a reason.

– Buyer Beware. In choosing nutritional supplements it is truly a caveat emptor—and let the buyer beware. Remember that vitamins, minerals and other supplements aren’t regulated in the same way as prescription drugs. You need to read the ingredients listed as being contained in any product and investigate possible benefits as well as potential side effects than can occur.  Because of the lack of regulations in the vitamin industry and there are many unscrupulous sellers that may try to get your money.

– How do you know which brand to trust? Some vitamins and supplements can be hazardous to your health.  Many vitamins, including some of the highly advertised name brands, are processed at high temperatures, contain petroleum derived chemical solvents, such as ethyl cellulose and are coated with methylene chloride, a carcinogenic material. Even though the majority of people will have no serious side effects from ingesting small amounts of toxins found in some vitamin supplements, the long term consequences of continuous, daily intakes are potentially dangerous, and a small percentage people of displays sensitivity to these chemicals. Allergic reactions may include fatigue, memory loss, depression and insomnia.

– How natural are “natural” vitamins and supplements? Some of the “natural” vitamins are also produced under less than optimal conditions. The potency, dosage – and sometimes even the ingredients – are often difficult to determine from the label. Natural does not always mean a seal of approval.

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11 Comments

  1. jenny@breast cancer symptoms

    I originally ran across this post when I was searching for cancer facts for an article I am writing. I was not aware, truthfully, that there were such a great number of health issues out there that people are dealing with! Thank you very much for the solid information.

  2. Roger OBrian

    What do green superfoods provide? They supply essential nutrients to your current diet, add on years to your life span, and also combat the signs of aging. There are many different superfoods but 3 of them are the most important green superfoods in terms of anti aging. What are they? Wheatgrass, Spirulina, and Chlorella.

    There are many factors that cause cell damage in our body chemistry including outdoor pollution, environmental toxins, food preservatives, and even a majority of toxins. When our cells become damaged it can affect us both mentally and physically. This is because our body is not always able to completely remove the harmful toxins therefore the free radicals begin their destruction on the cells. You are probably aware that our skin is the biggest organ in our body but it’s also the very first to display any signs of aging including wrinkles and lines.

    Chlorella

    What is Chlorella? Chlorella is actually an amazing anti aging supplement that has been called ‘nature’s fountain of youth.’ Chlorella supplies a large amount of chlorophyll, an impressive antioxidant that applies itself to weighty metals and rids them from the body. Chlorella will help you feel and look younger but it will also enhance your memory and decrease brain damage. Chlorella is by far one of the best anti aging foods in the world.

    Spirulina

    What is Spirulina? It is blue-green algae that offers health benefits that aid in the anti aging process. Spirulina also provides a variety of nutrients found in the sun, water, and also plants.

    The blue-green algae, Spirulina, is related to a vast range of both health and nutritional benefits. Spirulina comes in different forms such as pills, flakes, powders, and tablets. You can find it in practically any health food store. It is a very powerful antioxidant that helps decrease both mental and physical signs that accompany age. It is also one of the utmost important green superfoods.

    At one time few had ever heard of Spirulina but nowadays many people are talking about it. That’s because it’s a great supplement when you want anti-aging results. You will start to see a younger you but also feel younger and find that you have more energy.

    Wheatgrass

    You might be familiar with wheatgrass, a baby wheat plant, because it is well known for offering health and anti aging benefits. Wheatgrass comes available in the form of a supplement or juice. You can find wheatgrass in smoothies also but in either form it is just as powerful and effective.

    Those are not the only main green superfoods that offer marvelous anti aging benefits but they are three common ones. Many people today do not have diets that include the very important nutrients our bodies we need. This means we are lacking the proper amount of antioxidants our body needs to effectively remove any toxins which is one reason some people may appear to ‘age’ quicker than others.

    By incorporating the three mentioned green superfoods; spirulina, wheatgrass, and chlorella, you can begin setting up your defensive line against aging. By doing so you can start looking younger and even feel younger in no time.

    NOTE: I’ve dedicated my life to Educating Consumers on Natural, Organic, Supplements, Vitamins, Healthy Living, Natural Healing, Non-Genetically Modified, Non-Chemical Enhanced or anything we consume made from Un-Natural Sources. I’m asking anyone who reads my articles to post articles like it, or my articles on Great Blogs like this one to spread the word and help make people healthier. You can take credit for the articles, you can go to my Facebook Fan page and get information from there if you’d like or you can go to my store by clicking on my name above for information. I don’t mind if you use articles from my websites. The more we work together, the bigger the demand will be to grow more Natural and Organic Foods. We can’t beat big business and stop them from producing products that cause a vast majority of America’s Health problems because they’re after quanity and profits. Until they see the market shift and start losing money, they won’t change. That’s up to us and it’s time we demand better, safer, healthier supplements, vitamins, and food. We can show them, we the consumers are in control. That all starts with education and helping educate people who have not yet learned about these subjects. My Facebook Fan page is located at http:/www.Facebook.com/TreeHuggersOnline

    Thanks and I’ll post new articles like this once per week!

  3. Roger@Debt Recovery Consultants

    At least here in the states, there is often some really poor regulation of vitamins and supplements. I read an article not too long ago that discussed how many of the supplements in stores simply did not have the ingredients that were reported on the label.

    This is one of the many reasons that I think you are usually so much better off with going the natural fruit/veggie route. Both a juicer and a dehydrator are on my list of appliances I would like to get, but for now, I make do by eating my fruits raw or making smoothies…

  4. Monica Juicer

    This article is so true because I also believe that vitamins and minerals are best obtain by eating more loads of fruits and vegetables. Although, vitamin supplements can really do help, it is still best if we get it from natural sources, well at least you are assured of the nutrients that you can get from it. You can even make juices and smoothies out of any fruit or vegetable to make it more interesting and delicious. On this generation, it is important that we really are conscious of our health to avoid lots of diseases that we can even get from our environment.
    .-= Monica Juicer´s last blog ..Guide to Finding Waring Blender Parts =-.

  5. John @ Best Vitamins Online

    While it is best to obtain the vitamins and minerals that we all need from the foods that we eat it is a fact that many do not have healthy and nutritious diets. We need to evaluate what we eat to determine which vitamins we may be lacking.
    .-= John @ Best Vitamins Online

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