There are several reasons why we all NEED to be taking a good multiple vitamin...
Where It’s Grown
- It’s easy to think of soil as just the dirt where plants take root, but it’s so much more. The nutrients in the foods we eat are directly linked to microbe activity, organic matter, the mineral composition, plant genetics, and fertilization practices. The tomato might look much the same as it did 80 years ago, but it’s not. Average mineral content in selected vegetables, 1914 - 1997.
Or your apple... Eighty year decline in mineral content of medium apple.
The type of soil matters too, for example, vegetables grown in clay dense soil can have 5 times the nutrients as those grown in sand dense soil.
When It’s Picked
- Fresh tomatoes grown in California have to be picked before they’re ripe if they’re going to be sold in Minnesota....
The “Fab Five” is not necessarily in the order of importance, but if it was, then this one would make a good run to hold the number one spot. Everyone associates Vitamin D with Rickets due to the role it plays in our ability to absorb calcium, but it does so much more. Here are just a few things Vitamin D deficiencies have been associated with (autoimmune diseases, weight gain, hypertension, psoriasis, eczema, insomnia, hearing loss, muscle pain, periodontal disease, athletic performance, age related macular degeneration, myopia, pre eclampsia, seizures, fertility, asthma, cystic fibrosis, migraines, depression, alzheimer’s and schizophrenia).
Some very good studies have shown that Vitamin D may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancers such as breast, colon and prostate. If you’re a geek like I am, then give this study a read (http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2407/6/264/). They looked at 3 million incidents of cancer and 3 million cancer deaths, and compared that against UV-B exposure by location.
Omega-3 is an Essential Fatty Acid and it’s essential because the body can’t make it, so it needs to be consumed in our diet. Normally the drug industry and the supplement industry are like oil and water, but the research behind the benefits of Omega-3 is so overwhelming, they actually made an Omega-3 drug called Lovaza! Sales from that drug are over a Billion dollars a year... yep, I said the “B” word.
This email will be a little different. Since Omega-3 fats have so many benefits, I’ll touch on what they do, and then just give you a big list of benefits with a load of resources.
Omega-3 fats are found in the cell membranes (housing) of every cell in your body. Deficiencies will result in the cells becoming less flexible (compromising cell functioning and overall health) and less permeable (impacting release of waste products).
Here are the big three... Ready?... INFLAMMATION, INFLAMMATION, INFLAMMATION... ok, I guess that’s just one. Don’t get me...