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If I drink juices and eat a healthy diet, do I need a multivitamin?

We are often been told that we can get all the vitamins and minerals we need if we eat a normal “balanced” diet. The problem is that 90% of adults don’t consume the recommended daily servings of fruit and vegetables (which are pathetically low, by the way). For example in a study done in U. S. Department of Agriculture of 50,000 persons, not one person was getting the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of the 10 essential vitamins. And in many cases even the RDA is insufficient for optimum health.

The logical conclusions seems to recommend that all of us need to take our daily vitamin and mineral supplements, right?

WRONG!!!

It’s true, our bodies do need vitamins and minerals for optimum health. It’s also true that most of us do not consume enough vegetables and fruits to supply the needed amount.

However, the solution is not to take more pills, but to drastically improve your diet, and this can be done only by adding LOADS of FRESH, RAW FRUITS, VEGETABLES and LEAFY GREENS to your diet EVERY DAY!

All of us know the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away“.

I’m going to be brutally honest here, but one apple isn’t going to do you any good if other things that you eat are highly processed, high-fat SAD (Standard American) diet!

So save yourself some money and time and do something radical, something that is truly going to have a tremendous positive result on your health and well-being.

Invest in a good juice extractor and/or blender (you’ll be saving lots of money by not buying the supplements), read my green juice recipe (and other recipes too), and start drinking juices TODAY and EVERY DAY.

You will be getting most of the vitamins, enzymes and other nutrients that our modern science has identified as necessary for optimum health (including the ones listed below), in perfect doses and proportions, plus many substances we have no idea that exist.

If I drink juices and eat a healthy diet, do I still need a multivitamin?

So, let’s say you are drinking your juices (and/or smoothies), and eating a healthy, plant-rich diet. Does it mean that you don’t need supplements?

The best way to find out if you are deficient in any nutrient is to get your blood work done.

However, according to many experts, there are some nutrients that are lacking even in an ideal diet, and deficiencies can undermine your health. So, a high quality supplement can fill these gaps, ensuring that we get adequate amounts of essential micronutrients.

The following vitamins and minerals are often lacking even in a healthy, plant-based diet and need to be supplemented (the best way to find out whether or not you have any nutritional deficiency is by getting tested):

  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin K2
  • Iodine
  • Zinc

The following ingredients should be avoided:

  • Vitamin A
  • Beta-carotene
  • Vitamin E
  • Selenium
  • Copper
  • Folic acid

The synthetic folic acid found in supplements is chemically different from food folate, which is abundant in green vegetables, beans and other plant foods. Folate is especially important for women of childbearing age, to prevent against birth defects. However, synthetic folic acid in multivitamins may increase risk of breast cancer in women, prostate and colorectal cancers in men.

Resources:

http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/healthydiet_multi.aspx

http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/mulitvitamins-ingredients-to-avoid.aspx

http://www.compassionatecook.com/writings/podcast-media/the-safety-of-supplements-2

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