The question of whether we should take food supplements has been debated endlessly, and there’s not one answer that most will agree to. When I first took a pursuit in diet and health, and supplementation, more than 20 years back, the typical view of doctors was that you may not need food supplements. Eat and drink an excellent diet, and you are certain to get all of the vitamins and minerals you need – that has been what doctors would say.
Which was the public view anyway, although I possibly could not help but note, when I visited the home of a doctor I knew in England, he had an excellent โรงงานรับผลิตอาหารเสริม method of getting multivitamins and minerals on a kitchen shelf. He also had several other vitamin bottles, vitamin E and one other I fail to consider 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 burgandy or merlot wine drinker anyway, and I had been going for a general multivitamin and mineral for a while already.
By the early 80’s, medical food revolution had been under way, and the food supplement industry finding your way through rapid growth over the following 25 years. I ignored what doctors were saying, and started going for a general multivitamin and mineral supplement. Used to do so through common sense and logic, for the following reasons:
1. A great diet could have provided all of the vitamins and minerals needed 200 years back, so in ways the doctors were probably right.
2. The body had evolved very slowly over thousand of years, always with sufficient time to adjust to environmental changes. During the last 2 centuries, though, and especially the final 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 such a short space of time? My common sense explained no. While a disease may change rapidly, the human body cannot.
I decided to err privately of caution and have taken a general vitamin and mineral supplement ever since. Have I benefitted from that long term use? I am certain I’ve, but that’s not science. However, Used to do observe a distinctive 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 faster capability to recover. That had a hit on effect of reducing incidences of iritis, which tended to check out a cold or flu when I was run down.
A very important factor I noticed many years later was that two large cysts I’d had since an adolescent, or perhaps earlier, had gone. One enormous cyst by my knee had quietly disappeared, and an inferior one on my arm too. Any connection? There’s no scientific evidence that there’s a connection. But those cysts were seemingly there for a lifetime, and the only change I possibly could consider that might have made them disappear was the addition of multivitamins and minerals.
Things have come a considerable ways since then, and doctors are more likely to advise patients to employ a vitamin supplement. In the Philippines, where I now live, doctors encourage the use of multivitamins from a early age, or single supplements, such as folic acid for expectant mothers, when needed. At the very least I no further feel like a supplement rebel.