Right Selection for Vitamins, Minerals & Supplements
There are about 5000 companies making 75000 different vitamin products in the United States. Every company claims their products are best. Some claim chewing form is best because as we chew, saliva comes out and detects what kind of enzymes are required in the stomach and the stomach is ready for good digestion. Some claim the liquid form is most suitable for absorption. Some claim the chelated form is better for absorption and digestion. Some claim the powdered form is better not to combine with unnatural substances. Which one do you think better product in your opinion?
Every one agrees that eating natural foods is best. We may be better off to eat all foods in general which provide energy and substances for body structure materials. Why do I suggest these as an acupuncturist?
Acupuncture looks at the body as a big picture, such as a whole body. However we can’t underestimate the small pictures, which are cells. If cells are not strong, all cells cannot function right causing the body to be weak. It is better for us to combine two ideas and concepts from eastern and western concepts.
Some believe we don’t need taking extra diet supplements as the foods we take have enough vitamins and minerals. I don’t agree with this idea. There are at least two reasons.
Rotation of farming is not used most of time these days. You know the importance, don’t you? Each crop requires certain vitamins and minerals. Without rotation certain minerals become deficient. When these kinds of plants are consumed, necessary nutrition will be lacking. Farming industries try to make all vegetables and fruits fresher and bigger, but not more nutritious.
Human beings are supposed to work six days a week and have one day off by the Bible. This means one day of rest or relaxation helps us recover from tiredness and gives us new energy to work hard next week. This law applies to land, too. If we use land continuously without resting, the land becomes tired and the productivity of the soil will be decreased. How many farmers cultivate land for six years and one year resting? This is a common sense, however they use the land every year by using chemical fertilizers. These fertilizers don’t have all minerals and phytochemicals required for us.
That’s why I believe we need to take dietary supplements, even though these don’t have everything we need. But taking extra is still better than not to take it at all. There are many funny reports such as organic products are no better than inorganic ones. I believe organic is better than inorganic no matter what. Just a few months or years are not good enough to compare. But organic products are a lot more expensive than inorganic. Sometimes even though organic is better, picking up or buying is another matter. It may be better to take inorganic foods with good dietary supplements as far as money is concerned in my opinion. This is the second best.
Don’t you have any experience that you go to farm and pick up fruits and vegetables on that spot? You may experience the taste is much better than in your kitchen table. Of course you may feel better as you are not in the typical cats and dogs’ life. There is another fact you don’t notice; sunshine. When farmers ship their products, unripe ones shipped; such as green tomatoes or bananas. These unripe vegetables are processed with ethylene gas to change the color to red and yellow before displaying then at the supermarkets. I believe this makes the taste different and there is some very necessary nutrition lost, too.
Most supplements have almost the same ingredients from all different companies. Certain item has more, and other item is less depending on the company.
Which one is better for me is very personal matter. My approach is to select by body temperature. If your body is warm type, it is better to select something that will make my body cool. Of course if my body is cold type, it is better to make the body warm. This may be determined by body constitutions. Some are normal. I believe this approach may be a unique idea. All supplemental companies use different plants to extract their ingredients, but the nature of plants is different. I can’t prove my approach by scientifically, but I believe my gut is right.
All bottles list all ingredients, but don’t explain what these are good for. Unless we study about nutrition, we don’t know and understand. Many ingredients come from synthetic materials, but it is hard to tell if these are synthetic or natural. When you see in the label such as; acetate, palmitate, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, thiamine hydrochloride, calcium D-pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, aminobenzoic acid, pteroylglutamic acid, reduced from corn, choline chloride, choline bitartrate, d-biotin, niacin, ascorbic acid, calciferol, dl-alpha tocopherol, menadione, all these are synthetic forms.
Most synthetic vitamins are made from fossil fuels. Most minerals come from mining ores or by products of chemical process. That’s why I believe the natural form is better. Even though natural may look more expensive than synthetic, eventually synthetic will be more expensive. The reason is that natural form is more biologically active than the synthetic form. Some cases are 50-70% of reduction in activity. Some claim that naturals may contain pesticides or preservatives. Anything is possible, but I don’t agree with this idea much.
When I prepare herbs on special cases, I use guiding herb which means bringing specific herbs to specific organ. I heard some cancer medicines are designed in this way which means drugs must land into cancer spots. Some supplements have similar function in least scale such as cell to cell.
When I consider all items, most reliable products come from net work market products. Some don’t like net work marketing called multi level marketing. My thought is this is not a bad idea as long as you don’t involve yourself deeply. You just introduce a few consumers which will pay you some bonus by companies. You may get free products with a bonus. You become healthy and even make some money.
There is a trend in the economy. The biggest trend is baby boomers that are 78 million, more than one third of the American population. Whenever these age groups passed by, some made a fortune. The groups that made a big money were diaper, baby foods etc which are related with babies. This is when baby boomers were under 5. When they became school age groups, school builders prospered in 1950’s. (age: under 10) When they were teenagers, many franchise of business opened in 1960’s. (age:10) Lots of sports cars were sold in 1970’s. They wanted a date. Boys had to show off to girls (age:20). When they married and had children, they needed a bigger house. This created real estate booms in 1980’s. (age:30) .
Here is the yin and yang’s view. When they were young, they seek something they don’t have such as education, opposite sex, and reputation or money. They didn’t need health much as they were healthy when they were young. When they became in 50’s and 60’s, they have most other things, but not health. What do they look for? The answer is as you know, HEALTH. They are going to spend their money heavily on health. This is a trend. If you think big, you can act now.
If you want to make some extra money or big one, you are required to have some good education about products and marketing which are provided by your up line or companies. Most education is almost free to you. Competition is fierce in every field. Many fields require a license provided by government. Everyone studies hard to get a license and most of us make money just enough to survive. Net work marketing doesn’t need a license, but does require lots of effort until you reach your desired level. But you need a guider. I hope I can assist you as a guider.
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