The Case for Supplements


For the record, I take supplements. I have for a while. I take a lot of the them. Here’s one reason.

While it is true that our mothers, fathers and before got the nutrients they needed from the food they ate, their food had more nutrients than ours. The reason is in the soil. Studies have shown that our farm soil has lost, and continues to lose, nutrient levels. If the soil doesn’t have minerals, the food grown in it loses nutritional value.

The FDA admits nutrient levels have fallen just under 80% since the 1980s. You would have to eat 10 times the vegetables to get the nutrition of one serving from the 1960s.

To pick just one specific example, one study found that the iron levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 37% in the 22 years from 1975 to 1997.

Looking at it over a longer time frame makes it even worse. One apple in 1950 gave you 4.3 mg of iron. By 1998 you would have needed to have eaten 26 apples to get about the same amount. Today, you would need to eat 36 apples.

Yes, eat your fruits and vegetables, but if you want to get all of the nutrients your body needs to operate at it’s best, add supplements.


I recommend a good muti with a broad range of minerals. Centrum, or something with a similar formula, is a good bet. I would add a broad B mix and extra D. Add a mix of antioxidants such as C, E and astaxanthin, and you have a great start.

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