Last week I was listening to a web interview with an expert on food supplementation, via a well-known longevity information provider in the USA. This gentleman was not totally impartial, since he has produced his own range of food supplements, but the information he put forward nonetheless rang completely true.
It must now be for at least 18 years that I have been advising people to avoid all synthetic and individual isolated supplements, because we can absolutely never replicate everything that is found in nature’s bounty. There are even those who go as far as to say that we should never take any supplement, whole food-based or otherwise, because we can get everything we need form our food. This is a sentiment which I do not agree with at all, knowing how nutritionally depleted our soils have become even in the last 50 years. Commercial farming has had a devastating effect on the levels of minerals in our soil; just to cite one example, only 3% of farmland in the UK contains any selenium at all, and selenium is just one of the 92 minerals that we ideally need our food to contain.
I was delighted to hear that the expert being interviewed informed us that we should only ever take supplements that are made from whole, minimally processed plants (amen to that!), and pointed out an interesting finding regarding calcium supplementation. 25 years ago, he states, it was discovered that individual isolated calcium supplements increased bone loss, the exact opposite of what we are usually trying to achieve by taking the calcium in the first place. This is in addition to the recently published studies which show that taking calcium in isolation increases the risk of heart attack by 30%.
So why is it, as I stated in my lecture in London only last week, that the current general recommendation for treatment of osteoporosis is calcium pills and biphosphonates? The medical model for this disease, like many others, is broken. The calcium pills cause further bone loss, the biphosphonates increase the risk of femoral fractures, and both come with unacceptable side effects. For my take on what we need to do for bone health, click on the link below:
… and give your individual, isolated, synthetic supplements away to someone you don’t like.
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