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3.5 Are Vitamin/Mineral Supplements Necessary or Just Money Down
the Toilet?
As a fitness professional, I receive questions about vitamins all the time. Questions
like……What kinds should I take? How much? Should I take a multi or just a
couple of the important individual ones like C, E, calcium, or zinc? Will they help
me lose weight or build muscle? So with all the talk and hype about vitamin and
mineral supplements…Are they really necessary for optimal health? The answer is
a definitive…..HELL NO! That is, if you’re eating a balanced healthy diet, which
most people don’t. Let me put it this way…a vitamin/mineral supplement probably
will be somewhat beneficial to you if you have a poor diet. However, if you’re really
serious about getting lean and ripped and truly healthy for good, why would your
diet be poor? So, in the case that you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet, the
answer is that you don’t need a vitamin supplement.
Let’s think about this for a second. Did humans thrive on the planet for tens of
thousands of years by popping an artificially created vitamin pill. Out of tens of
thousands of years of human existence, vitamin pills have only been around for a
couple of decades, yet the population is in worse health than ever before. Sure,
maybe the human race is not in its worst health from a contagious disease
perspective, but we definitely are from a degenerative disease perspective. Now I
admit that we do live longer these days compared to historically, but that is only
because medical advances keep us alive longer even though we are in horrendous
shape physically. People might live longer now, but they’re simply living longer
while being overweight, crippled with degenerated joints, plagued with heart
disease and cancers, and on and on. You get the point.
So let us get right to some answers as to why I contend that vitamin/mineral
supplements are a waste of money and are not necessary to optimal health. Well,
first and foremost, a healthy balanced diet consisting of a large variety of natural
unprocessed foods (from meats, dairy, eggs, fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts,
seeds, legumes, etc.) provides a rich array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and
all the other nutrients we need to thrive in perfect health. The problem is that many