So many people take multivitamins to help make up for the nutrition they don't get through their diet. After all, very few of us are actually meeting the recommendation to eat 7-13 (minimum) servings of raw fruits and vegetables every day.
If you're a health conscious person you may remember not that long ago the recommended amount of servings per day was only five. Why has it gone up? Experts are realizing that produce is losing its' nutritional value. For example, UCLA did a study measuring the amount of iron in a bowl of spinach. Using the same plot of land, they compared the spinach grown in 1953 to spinach grown in 1997. They found that the spinach grown in 1953 had 43 times the amount of iron as the spinach from 1997! And that study is over 20 years old!!!!
So you may think the answer is to take a multivitamin because who can chew more 43 bowls of spinach in a day? And even if you could chew that much, who can afford to buy that amount of spinach?
- do not protect against heart disease
- do very little to protect against cancer (some show up to an 8% risk reduction)
- do not protect against mental decline
- can cause harm if body cannot properly process certain vitamins
- do not decrease risk of stroke
- do not decrease risk of premature death
- often don't contain what the label claims (very little regulation)
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can do ALL those things that a multivitamin can't. All these reasons are why it made complete sense for me to start taking a supplement that was simply fruits and vegetables turned into powder form. The capsules are batch tested and NSF certified to only contain what the label states. Nothing more and nothing less. There are also nearly 40 clinical studies showing the benefits of powdered fruits and vegetables for your body. WOW! I'll be taking these capsules for LIFE.