The Supplement Controversy
The use of dietary supplements remains somewhat of a controversial issue. Both for the lack of industry regulation (although there is some) and the hyped-up benefits of supplements. But the real controversy regarding supplements should be this: are we supplementing ourselves out of a bad diet? Over 80% of US adults currently take one or more supplements due to perceived nutrient deficiencies. According to the FDA, dietary supplements include everything from vitamins and minerals to probiotics, herbals, botanicals, powders, performance enhancers, and energy drinks and energy bars.
According to Dr. DiNicolantonio, while supplements are useful and at certain times in history, lifesaving, when it comes to promoting overall health, we really should be putting food first. Whether we’re looking for optimal performance or to overcome a health condition, supplements will not get to the root cause of the problem.
In our recent conversation, Dr. DiNicolantonio delves into all the ways we drive ourselves toward mineral deficiencies and explains why our diet is the safer more effective, and even cheaper option. Even as 1 in 3 Americans exhibit as many as 10 mineral deficiencies, overloading ourselves with supplements is an ineffective and potentially harmful way to replenish our losses without curbing the initial reason for depletion.
“Anytime you can get minerals in an ionic already dissolved form, it’s sort of like reducing your body’s burden to get them into that form in the first place because really the body has to solubilize those minerals first to get them to absorb well, or you have to put them on an amino acid, like a chelated supplement to sort of trick the body into, into getting it into the system. And so getting minerals through a liquid form is your most bioavailable way to do it.”
In his new book, The Mineral Fix, Dr. DiNicolantono illustrates why the main reason people are suffering from chronic disease and early death is that we are overfed and undernourished. And all of this isn’t just leading to an obesity epidemic, it’s leading to serious mineral deficiencies.
About Dr. DiNicolantonio
Dr. James DiNicolantonio is a cardiovascular research scientist and doctor of pharmacy at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute. Author of The Salt Fix and Superfuel, Dr. DiNicolantonio is a well-respected and internationally known scientist and expert on health and nutrition.
He has contributed extensively to health policy and has even testified on the harms of added sugars. He is the author or co-author of approximately 200 publications in the medical literature and is also on the editorial advisory boards of several medical journals. Dr. DiNicoltanoio has shared his expertise on The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, and international news media outlets.
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