Monday, March 29, 2010

To Supplement or Not to Supplement?

MONDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- You know you should eat better -- but that daily multivitamin pill, calcium supplements and possibly others compensate, right?
Perhaps.
But nutrition experts say that getting crucial nutrients from food, when possible, is better than popping pills.
The American Dietetic Association, in fact, has updated its guidelines on nutrient supplementation and now stresses that eating a wide variety of nutrient-rich foods is the best way to get needed nutrients and reduce the risk of chronic disease.
The update comes at a time when nutrient supplementation continues to be a growing trend in the United States. Americans spent more than $23 billion on dietary supplements in 2007, according to the association's report, and one-third of adults use a multivitamin and mineral supplement regularly. Others use a variety of supplements, which prompts worry among health experts about the potential negative effects of megadoses.
So what makes it better to get nutrients from foods rather than pills? Read more.

I too agree that it is crucial that you get your nutrients from food. Although, the nutrients in our foods are determined by the quality of the soil from which the foods are grown. Modern farming practices have all but destroyed our precious soil. In the last several months, I've had the opportunity to listen to some very knowledgeable people on this subject. I encourage people to become better educated regarding the growth and consumption of foods. A great start is with a subscription to Acres USA.