The question of whether we must take food supplements has been debated endlessly, and there’s no single answer that will agree to. When I first took a pastime in diet and health, and supplementation, a lot more than 20 years ago, the standard view of doctors was that you do not need food supplements. Eat and drink a good diet, and you are certain to get most of the vitamins and minerals you will need – which was what doctors would say.
Which was the public view anyway, although I really could not help but note, when I visited the house of a doctor I knew in England, he had a good โรงงานรับผลิตอาหารเสริม supply of multivitamins and minerals on a kitchen shelf. He also had a couple of other vitamin bottles, vitamin E and an added I fail to remember after all of this time. Interestingly, he had always been a “scotch later in the day” man, but had suddenly switched to red wine. I made no comment, just smiled inwardly. I was a dark wine drinker anyway, and I had been taking a general multivitamin and mineral for quite a while already.
By the first 80’s, the health food revolution was already under way, and the foodstuff supplement industry get yourself ready for rapid growth over the following 25 years. I ignored what doctors were saying, and started taking a general multivitamin and mineral supplement. I did so through good sense and logic, for the next reasons:
1. An excellent diet could have provided most of the vitamins and minerals needed 200 years ago, so in a way the doctors were probably right.
2. The body had evolved very slowly over thousand of years, always with the required time to adapt to environmental changes. Over the last 2 centuries, though, and especially the last 50 years, the human body has been bombarded with massive quantities of toxic substances, chemicals inside our food, water, and the air we breathe. Could evolution possibly have dealt with that through evolution, in this short space of time? My good sense explained no. While a disease can transform rapidly, the human body cannot.
I made a decision to err on the side of caution and have got a broad vitamin and mineral supplement ever since. Have I benefitted from that longterm use? I’m certain I have, but that is not science. However, I did observe a significant drop in incidences of colds and flu. When I worked in London, I’d get 7 or 8 bugs a year; that quickly dropped to 2 or three after taking the supplements, and with a quicker power to recover. That had a knock on effect of reducing incidences of iritis, which tended to follow a cold or flu when I was run down.
A very important factor I noticed a couple of years later was that two large cysts I had had since a teenager, or perhaps earlier, had gone. One enormous cyst by my knee had quietly disappeared, and a smaller one on my arm too. Any connection? There is no scientific evidence that there surely is a connection. But those cysts were seemingly there for life, and the only real change I really could consider that could have made them disappear was the addition of multivitamins and minerals.
Things have come a considerable ways ever since then, and doctors are prone to advise patients to utilize a vitamin supplement. In the Philippines, where I now live, doctors encourage the utilization of multivitamins from a early age, or single supplements, such as for instance folic acid for expectant mothers, when needed. At the very least I no further feel like a complement rebel.