Seven Arguments for Taking Nutritional Supplements

Original article by Dag Viljen Poleszynski, PhD, in Orthomolecular Medicine News Service

One of the most vitamin-restrictive countries in the world is Norway. There, authorities limit potencies to only slightly higher than RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) levels for dietary supplements sold outside of pharmacies. The traditional reasoning is that most people receive the nutrients they need from a “balanced diet.”

The Foundational Five

The principles of naturopathic medicine decree that naturopathic treatments should always be uniquely tailored to work with each individual patient. Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) look at patients holistically and believe in addressing the root cause of each person’s disease. It’s incredibly powerful to treat based on this principle, but after years of practice I find there are some basic health-promoting staples that are important for almost every person I see,

The 5 most common supplement mistakes

In practice, I find there are five common mistakes that people are making with respect to supplements.

  1. The first is the belief that diet is enough and you don’t need to supplement. For many health conditions, you require more nutrients than the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) suggests. Keep in mind that the RDA is set at recommended levels for healthy individuals and this may not be enough if you have a health concern (ie depression,

Probiotics

Why are probiotics beneficial?

Probiotics, translated “for life”, refer to bacteria in the intestine considered beneficial to health. Two of the most important healthful bacteria are Lactobacillus acidophilus (specific to the small intestine) and Bifidobacterium bifidum (specific to the large intestine), but there are many other organisms to keep in mind. It is important to note that you have more bacteria in and on you than you have cells in your body and that the bacteria in your digestive tract weigh approximately 3lbs.

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