Vitamins, Nutraceuticals and Whole Food Supplements
The sad truth is, we shouldn’t even have to take vitamins or supplements. But it simply isn’t possible to get all of our dietary needs met without supplementing, even if we eat all organic and shop at the very best grocery stores all day long.
The soil of our farmlands is poor, it is not repleted, and hasn’t been for at least 100 years. And what isn’t in the soil will not get into the plant or animal products that we eat and hence, will not get into us.
So we must supplement in order to get the basic physiological needs of our bodies met. Anyone who disagrees has their head down in our unrepleted sand.
What is the difference between a Vitamin, a Neutraceutical and a Whole Food Supplement?
Vitamin: any of various organic substances that are essential in minute quantities to the nutrition of most animals and some plants, act especially as coenzymes and precursors of coenzymes in the regulation of metabolic processes but do not provide energy or serve as building units, and SHOULD BE present in natural foodstuffs or sometimes produced within the body. Think B12, vitamin C.
Nutraceuticals: a processed foodstuff (such as a fortified food or dietary supplement) that provides health benefits in addition to its basic nutritional value. These are usually offered as a synthetic compounds, presented in higher than natural doses to ensure some absorption by the GI system. Think oyster shell calcium, ferrous sulfate.
Whole food supplement: a natural food and especially an unprocessed one (such as a vegetable or fruit) which is rich in vitamins and mineral and which can be consumed, absorbed and utilized normally by the body in small doses.
Think ground up beet leaves, Brussels Sprouts, kale, alfalfa, fish oil.