Experts on nutrition wrote an article recently proclaiming that most supplements are not as beneficial as you believe. They decreed that we receive all the vitamins and minerals we need through our daily diet. True, in a perfect world. When I grew up on a dairy farm, we obtained our beneficial nutrients from a fresh garden and livestock.
In today’s world however, in our over-processed soil with chemicals, it’s not always true. When produce is purchased at the grocery, stored in the fridge for weeks, you aren’t receiving the same active benefits as something fresh-picked from the field.
These experts advocated that supplements are a waste of money. Also true, if misused. But there was no clarification or detail within this piece. I’m filing this under a “little knowledge is a dangerous thing.”
I felt compelled to expound on their partial claims:
Claim: A multi-vitamin is unnecessary but vitamin D is essential so the body can absorb calcium.
True, especially in the rainy areas of the country where sunlight isn’t prevalent. But beware: this article never addressed how much to take! Caution: D is a fat soluble vitamin and too much festers in the fat cells. AND the provided stock photo showed at least seven vitamin D pills in a hand! The average reader might believe the more vitamin D the merrier . . . not so!
Simply popping a vitamin D capsule doesn’t activate all its properties. It requires a physiological conversion in the liver and kidneys before it is totally utilized. That is why eating as cleanly as possibly is essential to total health.
Claim: Skip probiotics. Consume yogurt and other fermented foods instead.
Yes unless you are taking an antibiotic which kills ALL bacteria, good as well as bad. This would leave the body open to infection or other illnesses. Fermentation assists in the digestibility of foods in the gut, thus preventing the build-up of toxins, preventing disease.
There was also no common-sense advice to consume only good quality yogurt with “active cultures” and no fillers like artificial sugars (no “lite” yogurts please!) high fructose corn syrup or starches.
There were no recommendations as to of what constituted “other” fermented foods like sauerkraut, cottage cheese, anything pickled, and kefir which also contain probiotics.
Claim: Zinc – take it!
This supplement was highly recommended because it attacked cold symptoms. True, but again, it never once advised how much to consume. A balanced intake is important. No more than 100 mg. is recommended per day because more will depress the immune system.
Zinc works in conjunction with vitamin A and E, both fat soluble vitamins to maintain proper blood balance.
Practical Biblical Application:
I see a Biblical principle within this and I bet many pastors will too. Simply reading a health article does not make one a nutritional “expert” any more than someone reading one Scripture passage makes them an “expert” on a certain Spiritual subject.
Despite years of seminary training and continual study, I surmise pastors have in their congregation, one who has read a bible verse and believed they knew more about it than you did simply because they read that particular passage and interpreted it for their own benefit! A wise reader most look at the whole picture and cross-reference knowledge or they will be led astray.
“For wisdom will enter your heart And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you,…” (Proverbs 2:10, 11)
God gave us two ears to listen and one mouth to speak for a reason. Crave knowledge, discern and wisdom will follow. Never stop learning.