Malnutrition has become the number one cause of disease, disability, and death in the world today. All the wars, terrorism, and natural disasters combined don’t come close to the devastation caused by malnutrition. Almost 6,000,000 children alone die each year from malnutrition related issues.Malnutrition is defined as the lack of the essential vitamins and minerals in your diet that is required to keep your body functional and able to resist disease. And while we may have linked it to starvation in the past, the face of malnutrition has radically changed over the last 20 to 30 years.
Today, as a result of the major nutrient deficiencies in our modern diets, there are more malnourished overweight and obese people in the world, than malnourished starving people, according to the World Health Organization.
It is shocking to realize that in the US, the wealthiest nation on earth, nearly our entire population fails to get adequately nourished through diet alone according to a recent study published in the journal of nutrition. Two major factors contribute to this phenomenon.
First, 90 cents out of every dollar spent on food in the US buys processed food, which is overwhelmingly deficient in essential nutrients. And second, modern commercial farming technologies are all designed to grow fruits and vegetables faster and bigger.
The result of commercial farming is that our most popular foods have lost significant levels of their vitamins and minerals content. Studies show that you would have to eat eight oranges to get the same level of vitamin A that our grandparents got from eating just one orange 50 years ago.
This is why the USDA has changed their recommendations from 5 to 7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day to 7 to 11 servings per day. Here’s a good question. Who complies with that recommendation?
The answer – practically no one. So, the obvious and easy solution to properly nourishing ourselves in the 21st-century is to simply take a daily vitamin and mineral supplement. In fact over 50% of all Americans do that on a pretty regular basis. And as a result, we are the healthiest people on earth. Right?
The US practically leads the world in the incidence of diet related diseases. So what’s up with that? The answer could lie in the fact that 95% of all the vitamins sold in the world, are synthetically made from petroleum or coal tar, and come in the form of what’s called a chemical isolate.
That means that they are similar to the chemical structure of natural vitamins, but in a purified and isolated form. Vitamins in nature are bound to other nutrient co-factors. When I say co-factors, I’m talking about trace minerals, lipids, amino acids, and a whole array of other Phytonutrients.
These are part of what we call a food matrix, and vitamins in this whole food form provide the best nourishment to the human body, because the body can actually process, digest, and absorb the vitamins rather than just pass them through.
All these co-factors are necessary for the optimal uptake, retention, and utilization of essential nutrients. Synthetic vitamins, even when formulated into food products, like meal replacement shakes, nutritional bars and breakfast cereals, are still chemical isolates in the body. They are easily absorbed by the body but difficult to use. The body must leach the same type of co-factors from its bone, tissues, and fluids, and bond them to the isolates for proper uptake and utilization.
This is very inefficient, and as a result, many of the isolates are simply excreted. That’s why for decades the medical community referred to vitamin supplements as nothing more than expensive urine.
Unused fat soluble chemical isolates like vitamins E, A, and beta carotene, get stored in our fat cells, and at high doses, have been shown to actually increase our risk of disease and death. Imagine taking vitamin supplements and meal replacement products that can actually increase our risk of poor health. How crazy is that?
Minerals are different. Minerals are rocks. Plants uptake minerals from the soil, pre-digest them, and bond them into a food matrix which makes them more soluble and easier to absorb. A mineral can be 20 times more soluble inside of a plant than outside. Typical mineral supplements are in the form of mineral salts or ground up rocks not food.
By the way, RDAs, or recommended daily allowances were established by the USDA to identify the amount of vitamins and minerals from the FOOD SOURCES, not synthetic sources, required to keep us healthy and fight off disease.
The most cost-effective and nutritionally sound way to supplement food-sourced vitamins and minerals is through a process called fermentation. Fermentation is the world’s oldest form of food stabilization.
The Fermentation process works like nature. It can facilitate the uptake and creation of nutrients into single cell organisms like yeast or bacteria that then binds those nutrients with the co-factors I mentioned earlier into a complete food matrix.
Whether in a supplement, food, or meal replacement product, fermentation can provide whole food nutritional support, a major advancement over the inexpensive, synthetically made vitamins and minerals that now proliferate our most popular enriched foods and products.
The equation is simple – it takes high doses of synthetically made nutrients to achieve therapeutic effects in the body, and high doses can compromise your health. Or, you can supplement normal amounts of vitamins and minerals from whole food sources that will build and protect your health.