Health Supplementation – Why It Is Important
In today's fast-paced world, it is often not possible to provide enough of the nutrients our bodies need. In industrially manufactured foods, nutrients are decreasing more with every year.
Let us, for example, have a closer look at mass production. While crops can be made larger by means of modern farming techniques, the content of their nutrients is significantly decreasing. A report comparing the nutritional content of food in 1940 and 2002 in the UK shows that the mineral content of vegetables, fruits, meat and milk has fallen significantly over the past 60 years, in some cases by as much as 70%. Calcium, magnesium and iron are the minerals our soils lack the most – which also happen to be essential for our health.
Intensive farming and the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides lead to less nutritious crops with every year. As a result, the food we consume contains much fewer nutrients than it did 70 years ago, and it is not getting better. For example, you would need to eat 4 carrots to gain the same amount of magnesium you would from only one carrot in 1940. Or eat 26 apples to gain the same amount of iron as you would from only one apple in 1940. This is also one of the reason food nowadays does not taste as good as it did decades ago.
The same problem appears in industrial meats and animal products; however, with much more serious health implications. The report examined 15 different kinds of meat and found that iron dropped at an average amount of 47%, with the highest drop being 80%. Compared to 1940, chicken now contains more than twice as much fat, a third more calories and a third less protein. The quality of animal feed would give an explanation to that. What is worse is that heavy metals have been found in animal products such as lead, arsenic and chromium.
The nutritional content of milk has also declined; iron has dropped by 60% and magnesium by 21%. Some experts have suggested that fertilisers used to speed up the growth of grass dilute the uptake of minerals. Plus, today’s cows yield five to six times as many litres per day as they used to.
What are the consequences of a lack of nutrients?
In March 2006, the United Nations acknowledged a new kind of malnutrition stating, “The overweight are just as malnourished as the starving”. The quality of the food we consume does make a difference to our health, and as a nation, we are becoming increasingly undernourished. This concerning trend needs to be addressed to avoid serious health implications in the future.
Minerals are crucial for our physical and psychological wellbeing, and deficiencies are closely linked to serious health conditions such as osteoporosis, heart disease, liver disease, anaemia, birth defects or even cancer. The fewer minerals and vitamins we consume, the greater the risk of disease.
How can dietary supplements help?
Dietary supplements contain vitamins, trace elements, minerals, amino acids, fibre, plants or herbal extracts. High-quality multivitamin and mineral supplements can cover any shortfalls in one’s diet, ensuring that one always consumes sufficient levels. However, a multivitamin should never replace a healthy, balanced diet. Be sure to choose a high-quality supplement as these provide nutrients in their most bioavailable form, and so make it easier for the body to digest and absorb them. Often, they are obtained as a combination of different substances to ensure optimal absorption and effect in the body. ENKI Institute offers such supplements, always ensuring that only the best suppliers are being sourced. We also pay more attention to optimal combinations to maximize the effects.
Dietary supplements are taken in addition to the diet for deficiency symptoms or for the prevention, treatment and therapy of diseases to strengthen the immune system, delay preventing chronical diseases. Dietary supplements are not drugs and are not subject to prescription. A recommended intake is always included on the package.
In what form are dietary supplements offered?
The nutrients are found in the form of dragees, powders, tablets, capsules and liquids.
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David Thomas (2007) ‘The Mineral Depletion of Foods Available to Us as A Nation (1940–2002) – A Review of the 6th Edition of McCance and Widdowson’, Nutrition and Health, 2007, Vol. 19, pp. 21–55