Do we need to supplement vitamins and minerals above what we eat and drink?

The Therapeutic Order

There is an order to addressing chronic conditions and restoring health that has been largely forgotten in mainstream health care. This order embodies the true meaning of health and follows three key aspects:

  1. Remove biological insults;
  2.  Improve the body’s ability to handle challenges and,
  3. Address therapeutic need when appropriate. Supporting the body’s innate response is the key to this process because elevating the body’s health potential may support the gastrointestinal, endocrine, immune “super-system” wellness.

Spinach 250x 250Imbalances in the neuro-endocrine-immune super-system (NEI) may create health challenges that impact a multitude of body systems, resulting in a myriad of chronic health challenges and symptoms.1 These challenges and symptoms can manifest as low energy, weight gain, mood disorders, joint health symptoms, cardiovascular risk factors and/or autoimmune conditions.2,3,4,5 Many of these health challenges are difficult to address without first removing the obstacles to healing and providing the necessary foundational support to address the underlying imbalance.

Whole food supplements designed to fill gaps in the modern diet play a critical role in this process because they provide the nutrients the body needs to maintain long-term health.

The research conducted by Dr. Bruce Ames, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in 2006, explain why nutrients play a crucial role in maintaining good overall health. Dr. Ames championed the “triage theory” and drew attention to the importance of micronutrient shortages in the body and why it matters.6,7food.supplements 250x 250

According to Dr. Ames theory, the body takes nutrients from organs that are rich in the needed nutrient to sustain short‐term health, but the downside to this process is that it can cause DNA damage that causes long-term, chronic health challenges.“If you’re short of iron, you take it out of the liver before you take it out of the heart because if you take it out of the heart, you’re dead.”  Dr. Ames said in an interview with Smart Publications.8 But the downside is, doing this causes long‐term DNA damage, which doesn’t show up as a chronic health challenge for many years. ”

harvesting Beets 250x 250According to Ames, if the body is deficient in a nutrient or group of nutrients for many years, over time the body weakens and the DNA is damaged, which may lead to health consequences.9 Ames emphasizes that micronutrient levels must be maintained throughout life for optimum longevity and health.

This theory has very real and very scary implications for a population whose diet is made up of 62% refined foods that are devoid of micronutrients.10 The research is clear that gaps in the modern diet must be addressed and filled to promote and maintain good health. And because we now know the long-term ramifications of not doing so; the only sure way for the average American to know they are adequately filling these gaps in their diet on a daily basis is to supplement with a complex, whole food, micronutrient dense nutritional supplement.

References:

  1. Pittman QJ. A neuro-endocrine-immune symphony. J Neuroendocrinol. 2011 Dec;23(12):1296-7.
  2. ibid, J Neuroendocrinol. 2011
  3. Buckley MM, O’Mahony SM, O’Malley D. Convergence of neuro-endocrine-immunepathways in the pathophysiology of irritable bowel syndrome. World J Gastroenterol. 2014 Jul 21;20(27):8846-58.
  4. Sakane T, Suzuki N. Neuro-endocrine-immune axis in human rheumatoid arthritis. Arch Immunol Ther Exp (Warsz). 2000;48(5):417-27.
  5. Dhabhar FS. Stress, leukocyte trafficking, and the augmentation of skin immunefunction. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2003 May;992:205-17.
  6. McCann JC, Ames BN. Vitamin K, an example of triage theory: is micronutrient inadequacy linked to diseases of aging? Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 Oct;90(4):889-907.
  7. Ames BN. Optimal micronutrients delay mitochondrial decay and age-associated diseases. Mech Ageing Dev. 2010 Jul-Aug;131(7-8):473-9.
  8. Vitamin K Deficiency Contributes to Age related Diseases, Smart Publications, http://www.smart-publications.com/articles/vitamin-k-deficiency-contributes-to-age-related-diseases
  9. ibid, Vitamin K, Smart Publications
  10. Warner, M. Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took over the American Meal, Scribner, 2013

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