Ideally, you should be able to get all the nutrients you need from your diet. But these days, vegetables don’t soak up as many minerals from the ground as they used to, because commercial fertilizers and unnatural farming practices have created an “artificial turf” for them to grow in.
Over the last century, the level of nutrients in our food has plummeted. You’d have to eat 40 bowls of today’s spinach to get the iron that was in just one bowl 60 years ago.
Vitamin C is another good example of a nutrient that is much lower in today’s commercial produce than in the wild fruits and berries we evolved to live on. Nowadays, it’s practically impossible to get enough of it from food sources. You need 2,000 mg of vitamin C a day to prevent or reverse heart disease (and dramatically lower your risk of cancer and possibly add decades of healthy living to your life). To get that much, you’d have to eat a bushel of oranges.
Supplements are a fact of life in our modern age. They are necessary to help fill in the gaps and restore vibrant health to a body that’s been starved of vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients no longer available in our existing food supply.
Source: Dr. Sears, a practicing physician and the author of The Doctor’s Heart Cure, is a leading authority on longevity, physical fitness, and heart health.]