10 Top Vitamins To Optimize Your Health
With Targeted Micro-nutrient Supplementation
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
- The majority of your micro-nutrients should come from high-quality food
- top vitamins are not found in a single multivitamin pill
- inexpensive multivitamins may do more harm than good
- targeted supplementation is the use of single source micro-nutrients
- only use high quality supplements for targeted supplementation
- micro-nutrients should be divided into morning and evening dose
- check your blood chemistry periodically to ensure proper micro-nutrient balancing
- use common sense and when in doubt, go without
Micro-nutrient deficiency is profound.
The standard American diet is grossly deficient in high-quality nutrients. Highly processed foods, poorly fed animals and additives have created an environment where micro-nutrient deficiency has become an epidemic. 48% of the US population is deficient in magnesium, 40% are deficient in vitamin B12 and 10% are deficient folate. Most Americans are especially deficient in vitamin D due to lack of translation by the sun because of lack of exposure and sunscreen.
The result of this micro-nutrient deficiency is that you age faster you have resulted DNA damage and you die sooner. Besides a decrease in longevity, micro-nutrient deficiencies are a leading cause for fatigue, poor sleep patterns and degraded mental performance.
The big companies have marketed multivitamins as a solution to the micro-nutrient deficiency, but there are dozens of reasons why a single pill is not a solution to micro-nutrient deficiency. Most are ineffective due to lack of absorbability, poor formulations that may cause more harm than good due to an end balance of nutrients, or additives that may actually be harming you. The concept of taking the “best vitamins” is not as simple as taking one pill a day. Fillers, pill coatings, and formulations that used to little or too much of a particular micro-nutrient are all causal factors in the risk of getting an incomplete micro-nutrient spectrum that your body can use. For example, the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of magnesium is larger than will fit in a single capsule size of most common multivitamins. Fillers and additives designed to preserve the vitamins for an extended period of time may make the pills difficult to absorb. East base ingredients are commonly used because they are cheaper to manufacture. This however may actually worsen yeast infection problems in many people. There is research that validates that multivitamins may even increase the risk of mortality.
There is no substitute for high-quality nutrients found in high-quality food. This is commonly referred to in a process known as food synergy. Micro-nutrients in high-quality foods are far more bio-available than when they are consumed in the form of a pill. Studies have shown that eating grass fed meat boosts plasma omega-three levels far more than can be explained by the amount of omega-3’s in the meat. The implication is that food is more powerful than the sum of its parts. So while the best thing we can do to ensure that we are getting a complete and balanced micro-nutrient load is to eat high-quality food, there is still a case for supplementing one’s diet with high-quality, top vitamins and single micro-nutrient pills.
The Solution – high quality, single supplement pills
Recognize that there is a significant cost to supplementing your diet with top vitamins and high quality micro-nutrients, rather than the generic inexpensive multivitamins. These are not your best vitamins. Considering the high cost of managing disease, let alone the cost that micro-nutrient deficiency represents in terms of poor performance, this is a personal matter that one must choose individually. While high-quality foods is the most optimal way to ensure that your blood chemistry is optimized, our access to high-quality food sources and balanced meals are increasingly difficult. Targeted supplementation is the most ideal way to ensure that your bio-available supply of micro-nutrients is always sufficient for your metabolic process.
10 Top Vitamins & Micro-nutrients
Here are the ten nutrients that can help to optimize health.
1. Vitamin D
3. Vitamin K2
4. Vitamin C
6. Krill Oil
7. Vitamin A
10. Folinic Acid with B12
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Micro-nutrient supplementation always carries a risk. Whereas it would be virtually impossible to overdose on certain types of micro-nutrients by eating high quality food, supplementation presents a risk of overdosing especially for certain fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A. In some of my survival training, I would always laugh at the disclaimer that I should be cautious about eating polar bear liver because of its high vitamin A content. Just remember that if you ever find yourself above the Arctic Circle and you happen to stumble across a polar bear liver, either leave it for the Arctic fox, or eat very small quantities of it.
While the aforementioned list of micro-nutrients is not all-inclusive, it is a good baseline to start targeting your micro-nutrient deficiencies and optimizing your health. The path to supplementing your high quality diet with the highest form of the top vitamins and nutrients is a personal journey. Approach it as a process of trial and error to find what works for you, check your blood chemistry often, and listen to your body.
DISCLAIMER AND WARNING
SEE YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE CHANGING YOUR MICRO-NUTRIENT SUPPLEMENTATION, DIET OR PHYSICAL EXERCISE REGIMEN. MICRO-NUTRIENT SUPPLEMENTATION ALWAYS CARRIES A RISK. THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN DOES NOT CONSTITUTE MEDICAL ADVICE NOR SHOULD IT BE CONSTRUED AS SUCH.
1. Do you regularly take big-box multivitamins, and you notice an improvement in your physical or mental performance?
2. If after targeted use of top vitamins and supplementation as described above, do you notice a change in your mental clarity?