Taking Vitamins? That’s Not Enough…
Dear Living Well Daily Reader,
We’ve all heard about the importance of taking vitamins – and hopefully you have a quality multi-vitamin sitting in your medicine cabinet right now.
But did you know vitamins are only the tip of the nutritional iceberg? And that missing out on some other nutrients can be disastrous to your health?
We are on the edge of what I like to call the third wave of nutrition – understanding how important these other nutrients are for our health.
This group of nutrients I’m talking about are called the phytonutrients (plant nutrients), and they are every bit as important as vitamins (maybe even more so).
And making sure you’re getting enough – and the right kinds – can help stop disease and add quality years to your life.
Phytonutrients, which include polyphenols, bioflavonoids, flavonoids, carotenoids, and many others, are extremely important for our health – especially as we grow older.
Take a look at the studies that crossed my desk just this week:
- University of Warwick researchers found that resveratrol (found in red grapes) and hesperetin (found in oranges) decrease blood sugar and reduce heart disease.
- Researchers from Virginia Tech, Roanoke College and the National Institute on Aging found that a resveratrol-enriched diet prevented aging by improving both muscle and nerve cells.
- Polyphenols were found to reduce the effects of high blood sugar.
- Anthoxanthins were found to protect our brains from Alzheimer’s.
- Polyphenols were found to work with our gut bacteria to reduce inflammation.
And that was just one week.
While the science is just beginning, what is clear is that you need to get as many phytonutrients as possible.
But that can be difficult.
There is a trick to getting more phytonutrients in your diet: eat as many fruits and vegetables as you can.
But, if you are like most people (including me), you have a hard time getting enough fruits and vegetables and should consider supplementing.
I personally take a powered fruit and vegetable blend every day to make sure I’m getting enough of these essential nutrients.
And you can pick up some supplements like resveratrol at just about any vitamin shop.
Health and Happiness,
Dr. Scott Olson, ND
Written By Dr. Scott Olson, ND
Nearly 25 years ago, failed mainstream medical treatments left Dr. Olson in constant pain – and his health in ruins. And that’s when he did something REVOLUTIONARY. He began his career in medicine – and dedicated his life to uncovering the true, underlying causes of disease.
Through his innovative medical practices in Tennessee and Colorado, Dr. Olson has helped cure countless seniors from across America of arthritis… heart disease… diabetes… and even cancer. All without risky prescription drugs or painful surgeries.
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