Generally, it is best to get our vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, etc. from our food. Moreover, our food should be largely plant based, and rich in healthy fat. Our food should be “clean”, meaning free of poisons, pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, etc.. Buying “organically grown”, means that the produce will be GMO free, and free of pesticides….the soil will be healthier, thus the food is more nutritious as well.
All that being said, stress, pollution, and the like, generally increase demand for basic nutrients. For example, the mineral magnesium is known to be involved in over 200 bodily functions. A deficiency means that over 200 things are not going to work as they should!
Curcumin, the active phytochemical in turmeric, is nothing short of a general miracle. It is difficult to absorb a great deal of this medicine from plain turmeric. The GOOD NEWS is that we can by supplements rich in curcuminoids these days.
Coenzyme Q10 is a vital link in cellular energy production. When supplements are taken, energy often increases appreciably.
Essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA, generally found in fish oils, are vital to brain health and greatly help in decreasing inflammation in the body.
A high quality B vitamin complex can help boost energy and metabolism, as these vitamins are involved in numerous metabolic pathways.
Vitamin C is the first nutrient to be depleted in the face of stress. Supplements can help this greatly.
Glutathione is a master anti-oxidant. As a supplement it can greatly reduce oxidative stress in the body, which is like internal rust and corrosion.
Green tea extract and resveratrol (abundant in red wine) can protect parts of our DNA known as telomeres, which slow aging.
There are numerous other examples, and a wealth of knowledge available on the topic of food supplements…..They can be a great asset to our health!
Peace and much love, Dr. Bob