Can We Get the Nutrients We Need Through Supplements?


By Millie Barnes

You rush out the door in the morning after grabbing orange juice, two pieces of toast with margarine, and a handful of vitamins. Have you had a healthy breakfast? Gotten the vitamins you needed for the day? Lets take a look….

You consumed 321 calories, 5 grams of fat ( one of them saturated). Unfortunately, no vitamin C, because your source of C was from concentrate. Vitamin C, being one of the water soluble vitamins is extremely light and heat sensitive. Twenty minutes after you have squeezed fresh orange juice, half the vitamin C is gone. So how much is left in the concentrate? Almost none. Plus there was very little nutrients in the toast, a highly refined food. Also the margarine contains hydrogenated fats, chemicals and additives. Hydrogenation is a process that chemically treats fats or oils to make them stay hard at room temperature. Unfortunately they also stay hard in your arteries. Real butter would have been a far healthier choice..or tahini, almond butter; cashew butter…all of these are better choices.

“But I took my vitamins!”, you say. Yes, that is true, but our absorption of vitamins and minerals when they are from chemical sources is very low. We need to get these precious nutrients in the food they occurred in to begin with. Let’s look at why. Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals, but they are also rich in enzymes. On a molecular level, you cannot absorb a vitamin or mineral molecule without a live enzyme attached to it! Enzymes are the catalyst that allow our body to assimilate the nutrients we need. Notice that I said a live enzyme. Live enzymes occur in foods that are ALIVE! Not processed or cooked food, not in pills. Because these processes kill the enzymes. Notice that every culture in the world begins or ends meals with a salad or some fruit. It was observed over time that this aided digestion and improved health. Including fermented foods in our diets aids digestion and helps us maintain healthy flora in the gut.

Fats and high quality proteins are our most important foods that we need to take in at each meal along with a small amount of fruit and low glycemic vegetables, especially dark green leafy vegetables…and you’ve got a diet rich in nutrients, high in fiber and moisture and low in toxins. The food that we take each day should be able to be digested completely in our stomach. Fats, proteins and plants fall in this category.  Enzymes in foods and a healthy digestive system allows us to meet our nutrient needs. So avoid toxins; grains, processed dairy, soy, processed foods and additives, drugs. And eat real food.

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