The question of whether we must take food supplements has been debated endlessly, and there’s no answer that will agree to. When I first took a pursuit in diet and health, and supplementation, more than 20 years ago, the typical view of doctors was that you don’t need food supplements. Eat and drink a good diet, and you will get most of the vitamins and minerals you will need – that has been what doctors would say.
That has been the public view anyway, although I really could not help but note, when I visited your home of a doctor I knew in England, that he had a good โรงงานรับผลิตอาหารเสริม supply of multivitamins and minerals on a home shelf. He also had a few other vitamin bottles, vitamin E and one other I fail to consider after all of this time. Interestingly, he had been a “scotch in the evening” 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 taking a general multivitamin and mineral for a while already.
By the early 80’s, the food revolution had been under way, and the food supplement industry get yourself ready for rapid growth over the next 25 years. I ignored what doctors were saying, and started taking a general multivitamin and mineral supplement. I did so so through common sense and logic, for the following reasons:
1. A great diet could have provided most of the vitamins and minerals needed 200 years ago, so in ways the doctors were probably right.
2. The human body had evolved very slowly over thousand of years, always with the required time to conform to environmental changes. During the last 2 centuries, though, and especially the final 50 years, the 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 said no. While a disease can change rapidly, the body cannot.
I made a decision to err privately of caution and have taken a general vitamin and mineral supplement ever since. Have I benefitted from that long haul use? I am certain I’ve, but that’s not science. However, I did so observe a notable drop in incidences of colds and flu. When I worked in London, I’d get 7 or 8 bugs per year; that quickly dropped to 2 or three after taking the supplements, and with a quicker capability to recover. That had a knock on effect of reducing incidences of iritis, which tended to check out a cool or flu when I was run down.
A very important factor I noticed a few years later was that two large cysts I had 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 is a connection. But those cysts were seemingly there for life, and the only change I really could think of that may have made them disappear was the addition of multivitamins and minerals.
Things came a considerable ways since that time, and doctors are more prone to advise patients to use 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 folic acid for women that are pregnant, when needed. At the least I no longer feel like a complement rebel.