Originally Posted by RenegadeReloaded
Regarding how low are foods in vitamins and minerals in markets, I think almost everyone would benefit from a vit and min supplement. Unless you grow your own organic food. The difference in taste is big as well.
Fruits and vegetables from my grandma have actual taste compared to those I buy from the market, who taste like cardboard. Chickens grown on land too, the meat has a darkish brown color, not white, that is the natural color, as for taste, it's like eating wild catch (deer, boar, rabbit).
You can check your blood levels any time and I bet you hundred bucks that you won't have any deficiencies. The taste has no significant correlation with the amount of amino acids food has. And like I said, most people don't research at all on what they are taking and what they need.
First of all, supplements are recommended by doctor when you consume not enough of a certain mineral from food, so before starting supplements, you are supposed to fix your diet. If you never eat fish and eat burger with fries every day obviously you are gonna be deficient in some things like DHR, Vitamin D and omega fats. You will also be dehydrated from all the salt.
Secondly, there are many forms of the amino acids and nutrients which have different bioavailability and absorbtion. For example Calcium(useless), Magnesium, Iron and other essential ones people buy at pharmacy store are non-chelated and possesses a poor absorption rate. For example Magnesium citrate or glycinate has up to 90% absorption and I definitely felt muscle relaxing effect.
Thirdly, people think of vitamins and minerals as something you take in huge doses for a day or two like filling up fuel and be fine. Every nutrient has optimal daily dose, which, depending of weight and gender, is the amount your body is supposed to absorb every day from FOOD to function at full capacity.
To say more, when the body is in a depleted state, the intestine upregulates absorption of the nutrient, so basically it takes what it needs and most people in first world countries has "good enough" diets to not be deficient. But, people who take medications for long period and not one of them - disrupt this process and that's where supplements are recommended. Not for a healthy young person who takes no more than one medication.
quote from a study:
It is well known among nutrition researchers that most essential minerals are not well absorbed; for some minerals, absorption is less than 1%
Research demonstrates that the bioavailability and/or effectiveness of mineral containing foods is greater than that of isolated inorganic mineral salts or mineral chelates
Furthermore, minerals used in most supplements do not contain protein chaperones or other food factors needed for absorption into the cell
To end this, here's a comparison of minerals from food compared to isolated salts in supplements:
- Calcium - Up to 8.79 times more absorbed into the blood and 7 times as effective in raising serum ionic calcium levels.
- Chromium - Up to 25 times more bioavailable.
- Copper - 85% more absorbed; also contains substances that reduce potential toxicity.
- Iron - Safer, non-constipating, 77% more absorbed
- Magnesium - Up to 2.20 times better absorbed and retained .
- Manganese - Better absorbed and retained and not as likely to contribute to toxicity as mined forms
- Molybdenum - Up 6.28 times better absorbed into the blood and 16.49 times better retained
- Phosphorus - Less likely to cause diarrhea or electrolyte disorders.
- Selenium - 17.6 time the antioxidant effect
- Zinc - Up to 6.46 times better absorbed better form.