Steve Nash on Natural Supplements  | Men’s Journal

Steve Nash on Natural Supplements  | Men’s Journal.

Gavin Maisel: Steve Nash stated in the above article in the popular Men’s Journal magazine that cheaper vitamins can derive their nutrients from coal tar.

Then he says “…vitamins made from fruits and vegetables, the switch seemed like a no-brainer. These vitamins are quite a bit more expensive, but a number of studies back their effectiveness, and more important, I feel better on them.”

Is this true?  If so, how much more expensive are they?   How would one know what to look for to purchase these vitamins make from fruits and vegetables?

Correct.  Food-based supplements are better than synthetic ones.  Food is the best way to get all of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals our body needs.  For this reason, a food-based supplement trumps synthetic from an absorptive stand-point.

Nash might be correct in stating that “coal tar” was one of the ingredients found in his vitamin bottle’s “proprietary blend” list.  Since vitamins are not FDA-approved, manufacturers are not required to expose the quantity of specific vitamins and minerals nor their supplemental ingredient list.

This confirms to me that there is still so much about dietary supplements that we do not know.  One must be wary when choosing high-dose multi-vitamins and minerals – it is important to know the quality of the supplement and the ingredients within.

BUT — food-based vitamins can be pricey.  They can range from $50 to $100 or more.

Bottom-line: you can get everything you need from eating a healthy diet.  If your diet is full of processed junk, zero fruits or vegetables, and synthetic foods such as protein bars and powders, you will need to change this and/or take food-based supplements to attain a normal mineral status.

The following are approved food-based supplement websites that you can start looking into:

Still not sure how to get all of your vitamins from food?  The Sportfuel blog (writer is a colleague of mine) explains supplements in more detail.  Here is an excerpt from her “Kings and Queens” post about how to get all of your vitamin needs from foods:

ANIMAL FOODS: meat and organ meats, poultry, and eggs from pastured animals; fish and shellfish; whole raw cheese, milk and other dairy products from pastured animals; and broth made from animal bones.

GRAINS, LEGUMES AND NUTS: whole-grain baked goods, breakfast porridges, whole grain rice; beans and lentils; peanuts, cashews and nuts, properly prepared to improve digestibility.

preferably fresh or frozen, preferably locally grown, either raw, cooked or in soups and stews, and also as lacto-fermented condiments.

unrefined saturated and monounsaturated fats including butter, lard, tallow and other animal fats; palm oil and coconut oil; olive oil; cod liver oil for vitamins A and D.

AVOID: foods containing refined sweeteners such as candies, sodas, cookies, cakes, etc.; white flour products such as pasta and white bread; processed foods; modern soy foods; polyunsaturated and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils and fried foods.

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