Sorting Through the Confusion of Mineral and Vitamin Benefits

How do we receive mineral and vitamin benefits? Do we need to supplement? If so, why? and how do we select the proper minerals and vitamins to receive the most benefits?

Let’s take a look at how our bodies work. Every day, our bodies are responsible for many activities. Every system in our bodies literally works not-stop all day long to keep our;

  • heart running
  • lungs and blood pumping
  • immune system strong
  • digestive system efficient
  • liver and kidneys capable
  • brain proficient

And the list goes on and on.

Basically our body works extremely hard at keeping us healthy, but in order to do these tasks, our body requires an important ingredient; food, which is our main energy source. Our body breaks down the food we eat to collect its nutrients (minerals and vitamins) because this is what the body needs to perform properly, so yes, our body definitely receives mineral and vitamin benefits.

Making sure you're getting enough mineral and vitamin benefits.

Ideally, we should receive an efficient amount of nutrients from eating a balanced diet. Well, what exactly represents a balanced diet? Does it mean we should follow the food guide pyramid proposed by our country, and if so, does this provide our bodies with sufficient mineral and vitamin benefits?

There are many other factors to consider here.

First and foremost, we must admit that the nutritional value in food varies greatly. It really depends on; where and how the food was grown, as well as, how the food was stored and prepared and whether or not it was processed, to properly determine its true nutritional value and the benefits we receive.

An apple from a tree farm that used pesticides can have very different nutritional levels than an apple grown in your own backyard.

Other factors to consider and help determine if we receive proper mineral and vitamin benefits:

  • Everyone is different. We eat different foods and have different lifestyles.
  • Our bodies are different. Some bodies absorb vitamins and minerals easier than others and some are deficient in certain supplements while others have a surplus.
  • Some choose to eat fast food, processed and packaged food that contains little nutritional value.
  • Some choose to eat healthier organic, raw whole foods with little, if any, processing.
  • Some follow a specific diet, such as; gluten-free, vegetarian or a vegan diet, to name a few.
  • Some individuals have food allergies and must stay away from common healthy foods.
  • We live our lives differently; this includes everything from exercise, to how we prepare our foods, how often we eat out, where we work and what we do on our spare time.
  • We live in different parts of the world; some in the city and some in the country.
  • We are exposed to different levels of toxins every day.

These factors and many more play important roles in the amount of vitamins and minerals our bodies receive each day. We can identify what factors are present in our lives to help determine whether we should supplement or not; or we can have our blood tested regularly. This gives us true results, as well as an opportunity to see if we are deficient in certain vitamins and minerals; therefore, resulting in having to take higher doses of individual nutrients.

Although, we can absolutely benefit from eating a wholesome balanced diet, I think it’s pretty safe to say, that only eating a well-balanced diet will probably not provide us with enough minerals and vitamins benefits. So it’s probably a good idea to supplement our diet, especially if we want to achieve optimal health.

Well, a “good” multi-vitamin/mineral supplement is usually sufficient enough and will provide us with sufficient mineral and vitamin benefits. See more information regarding individual lit of vitamins, lit of minerals, or super supplements.

What are the best multi-vitamins/mineral supplements?

Just cruising down the vitamin isle is enough to confuse anyone. There are so many different brands, combinations, types and doses. It can be extremely confusing, and to make matter worse, after a lot of research, I discovered that all vitamins and minerals are not manufactured the same. There are two groups; Natural and Synthetic.

Synthetic supplements are produced in laboratories and are derived from chemicals made to resemble the isolated vitamin or mineral only. Combine a bunch of these laboratory produced nutrients into one pill and you have a synthetic multi-vitamin/mineral supplement.

Synthetic vitamins can also contain other additives such as; artificial colourings, preservatives, sugars, starches and other harmful additives; therefore, making these vitamins harder to absorb and basically producing expensive urine.

These supplements are more common and less expensive than natural supplements and they are easily identified by only indicating the actual vitamin or mineral name on the label.

Natural supplements, on the other hand, are derived from actual food sources. Anytime a vitamin or mineral is found in a food it is naturally married up with other supporting vitamins and minerals so absolute adsorption occurs.

This, of course, is the most ideal way to benefit from a vitamin or mineral and this is what we get when we supplement with a natural or whole food multi-vitamin/mineral supplement.

These supplements are clearly identified on the label as being whole or natural, as well as, the food source the supplement is derived from.

Most synthetic supplements are found in grocery stores or drug stores, and most natural supplements are found in natural food stores or from reputable companies online.

I think it’s obvious to say if we want full mineral and vitamin benefits; we not only should consume a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement every day but also be sure to select the natural or whole food varieties.

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