Why take vitamin supplements if I eat right?

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You can eat five servings of fruits and vegetables and still not get enough vitamins and nutrients for good health due to the quality of food and the ways they are produced.
Over-farming and chemicals decrease vitamins and nutrients in our food.

Our food today is grown on land that has been farmed for well over 50 years. The quality and mineral density of the soil is greatly diminished due to over-farming and the chemicals and pesticides and herbicides that are commonly used. One study found that 43 different vegetables and fruits, had significant declines in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C from 1950 to 1999. (“Dirt Poor: Have Fruits and Vegetables Become Less Nutritious? www.scientificamerican.com/article/soil-depletion-and-nutrition-loss)

The Organic Consumers Association notes similar findings with several other studies. The Cushi Institute analysis of nutrient data in the United States from 1975 to 1997 found that several nutrients dropped dramatically in the 12 fresh vegetable study. A similar study published in the British food journal found that 20 vegetables had similar declining rates of nutrient value from 1930 to 1980. Yet another study concluded that one would have to eat eight oranges today to derive the same amount of vitamin A as our grandparents would have gotten from just one. It appears obvious that vitamin supplements are necessary. In 2002, the Journal of the American Medical Association, reversing a long-standing anti-vitamin policy, started advising all adults to take at least one multivitamin each day. That was a small step in the right direction. Studies since then indicate that the higher quality of foods our grandparents ate might be a major reason why that generation has less cancer, diabetes and, autoimmune disease than people born in the US in the last 30 years.

Are there health risks to taking too many vitamin supplements?
It is estimated that over sixty billion doses of supplements are taken every year in the U.S., and the last study in 2010 did not find a single death due to vitamin supplements. The risk due to lack of proper supplementation is far greater than the risk of over supplementation. Several studies indicate the benefit or certain supplements such as reduced chance of brith defects in newborns with folic acid and reduced breast cancer and multiple sclerosis with vitamin D. There are literally hundreds of other studies on the benefits of other vitamin and nutrient supplements that are easily found with a simple google search. There is no doubt that there are many other factors that can lead to higher levels of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, the generative conditions and autoimmune disease making sure that your nutrient intake is optimal will always be beneficial.
How do you know if you are deficient or taking the right vitamins?
Without testing, you are guessing about your health. A thorough blood test and evaluation can identify deficiencies, imbalances, and diseases long before you have symptoms. Talk to us about getting tested properly and thoroughly. It is cheaper than you think and it just might save your life and help you live longer and healthier. Start by completing our patients symptoms survey which aids in determining what comprehensive tests you orders, informs us of any medications you are taking and indicates the symptoms you are experiencing. Once your test results are in, we compile all of the data in the comprehensive color coded report that is easy to read and understand. Using your unique test data, the science-based nutrition report will reveal your underlying health deficiencies and indicate the nutrients and diet that will likely help you progress toward a healthier you. Contact Dr. Josh today to learn more about the science-based nutrition program.