We look for miracle pills for nutrition pills, vitamin pills, dieting pills, and energy pills. Vitamins and pills are not the answer. Because there is much about nutrition we can't incorporate into a vitamin pill and because there is much about nutrition and vitamins that we are still learning, we must eat proper nutrients to get vitamins for health. Since vitamins and other pills can't do it all, a healthy, varied diet is still necessary.
We are a society of pill poppers. We keep looking for a miracle pill with our:
In reality, it is not possible for a vitamin supplement or any other pill or herb to take the place of a healthy diet.
For example, a general vitamin supplement will give you all the known vitamins you get by eating broccoli. But vitamins are not the whole story.
Broccoli and other crucifiers vegetables such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, and mustard greens contain compounds which induce protective Phase 2 enzymes. These enzymes fight cancer by detoxifying carcinogens, then eliminating them from your body.
Maybe you eat your broccoli in a tasty, but simple dish of pasta primavera, prepared with olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, and hot pepper.
Taking a vitamin supplement or pill does not supply any of the items above. It does make it easy to convince yourself that you are promoting a long life for your body when you might be missing many items needed for a healthy body and long life.
Even though there are known nutritional needs for your body, you can be absolutely certain we don't yet know everything needed for a healthy body. The best way to live a long life is to eat a healthy, varied diet to obtain the known and unknown items our bodies need. Vitamin pills are fine unless you use them to justify a poor diet and poor nutritional habits.
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