The question of whether we ought to take food supplements has been debated endlessly, and there is no single answer that most will agree to. When I first took an interest in diet and health, and supplementation, significantly more than 20 years back, the conventional view of doctors was that you do not need food supplements. Eat and drink a great diet, and you will get most of the vitamins and minerals you will need – that has been what doctors would say.
That has been the general public view anyway, although I could not help but note, when I visited the home of a health care provider I knew in England, that he had a great โรงงานรับผลิตอาหารเสริม supply of multivitamins and minerals on a home shelf. He also had a couple of other vitamin bottles, vitamin E and another I fail to consider after all this time. Interestingly, he’d been a “scotch in the evening” man, but had suddenly switched to red wine. I made no comment, just smiled inwardly. I was a burgandy or merlot wine drinker anyway, and I had been taking a general multivitamin and mineral for quite a while already.
By the early 80’s, the food revolution was already under way, and the foodstuff supplement industry preparing for rapid growth over the following 25 years. I ignored what doctors were saying, and started taking a general multivitamin and mineral supplement. I did so through good sense and logic, for the following reasons:
1. A good diet may have provided most of the vitamins and minerals needed 200 years back, so in a way the doctors were probably right.
2. The human body had evolved very slowly over thousand of years, always with sufficient time to adapt to environmental changes. During the last 2 centuries, though, and especially the last 50 years, the human body has been bombarded with massive quantities of toxic substances, chemicals inside our food, water, and the air we breathe. Could evolution possibly have dealt with this through evolution, in this short space of time? My good sense explained no. While a disease can transform rapidly, the human body cannot.
I decided to err privately of caution and have taken an over-all vitamin and mineral supplement ever since. Have I benefitted from that longterm use? I am certain I’ve, but that is not science. However, I did observe a distinctive drop in incidences of colds and flu. When I worked in London, I’d get 7 or 8 bugs annually; that quickly dropped to 2 or three after taking the supplements, and with a faster power to recover. That had a hit on aftereffect of reducing incidences of iritis, which tended to follow a cool or flu when I was run down.
One thing I noticed a couple of years later was that two large cysts I had had since a teenager, or perhaps earlier, had gone. One enormous cyst by my knee had quietly disappeared, and a smaller one on my arm too. Any connection? There is no scientific evidence that there surely is a connection. But those cysts were seemingly there forever, and the only real change I could think of that can have made them disappear was the addition of multivitamins and minerals.
Things have come a considerable ways ever since then, and doctors are prone to advise patients to utilize a vitamin supplement. In the Philippines, where I now live, doctors encourage the use of multivitamins from a early age, or single supplements, such as for instance folic acid for pregnant women, when needed. At the very least I no longer feel like a complement rebel.