Ideally, a healthy and varied diet would provide your body with all the nutrients it needs. In some cases, however, food is grown in depleted soils or artificially under lights in hothouses. For example, selenium content in soils is varied and regional. New Zealand soils are quite low in selenium, as are parts of Australia, South Africa and North America, but it is important as an antioxidant and in supporting Vitamin E in your body. Antioxidants are certain minerals and vitamins, which are found in food sources. There are now many substances available from both natural and synthetic sources. Many (and certainly not all) of them can mimic the properties of natural antioxidants. A good rule of thumb is to see if the ingredients included in an antioxidant supplement are part of the natural human diet. If they are not, for example, if they come from tree bark, then do you thin) it would be appropriate to add them to the human food chain? Some studies suggest not. But, remember, one dose of antioxidants will not give you a healthy, youthful body fore\ They must be continually replaced in your diet to keep pace with free radical production. a diet laden with fresh, unprocessed wholefoods is essential.
Many people today take vitamin products. There is no doubt that many offer nutritior insurance. However, studies have shown that some supplements are poorly digested and ix through the body without much benefit. We have both taken supplements over the years f all sorts of reasons. Often we relied on health professionals or pharmacy assistants to advi us as to which supplements we should take and how often. We placed our health in the han of people we didn’t even know and who may have had little idea what our bodies neede By educating yourself and continuing to learn about supplements you will, over time, mal more sophisticated decisions about which ones to take and how to optimise your diet wil quality supplements. The responsibility lies in your hands.