You can accomplish anything you want with real food but sometimes it's easier to mix up some protein powder- especially for larger people who need to consume as much as 250 grams of protein per day. Between ease and affordability, supplements can be a good way to help you reach your goals. They're not the only way, but they can help. Supplementation not only protects against deficiency but also bridges the gap between average nutrition, which culminates in premature death, and optimum nutrition, which extends life span by decades. The extra nutrients that supplements provide prevent marauding free radicals from harming healthy cells, speed the repair and regeneration of damaged cells, and facilitate Renewal. The upshot of all this is a longer, healthier, more vital life.
- The Recommended Dietary Allowances have been the accepted standard since the early 1940's.
- Now nutrition researchers generally agree that the RDAs fall far short when it comes to preventing chronic degenerative diseases, promoting optimum health, and extending life.
- The RDAs were first established for the purpose of protecting people against severe nutrient deficiency diseases such as beriberi (thiamine deficiency), pellagra (niacin deficiency), and scurvy (vitamin C deficiency).
- Though they've been updated several times over the years, the RDAs still do not acknowledge the link between chronic marginal nutrient deficiencies and chronic degenerative diseases.
- Thousands of studies have shown beyond a reasonable doubt that long-term low-grade malnutrition causes or aggravates virtually all of our deadliest illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and autoimmune disorders (in which the immune system turns against the body).
- It also contributes to a host of less-serious health problems that nevertheless erode one's quality of life, including cataracts, hearing loss, insomnia, and rheumatism (pain and inflammation in muscles and joints).
- Just as poor nutrition can precipitate disease, peak nutrition can prevent it. Here again, the RDAs are woefully inadequate. They advocate nutrient intakes well below the levels that overwhelming scientific evidence supports as necessary to protect against heart disease, cancer, and all the other conditions mentioned above.
- Supplements are intended to enhance the nutrient density of your diet. By nutrient density, I mean the ratio of micro nutrients (vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients) to macro-nutrients (carbohydrates, protein, and fat). The higher this ratio, the healthier your diet.
Thus, the COMBINATION OF A NUTRIENT-DENSE DIET AND SUPPLEMENTS creates an environment conducive to peak cellular performance. When your cells thrive, your body thrives -- and that translates into extra decades of optimum health.