Why we need to take vitamins?
May 11, 2007 by Peter Jameson
The main reason that vitamin supplements are so crucial today is because in the past fifty years there has been a marked increase in vitamin deficient foods. Today's foods no longer contain the vitamins and other nutrients that are required for good long term health.
Years ago vitamins and other nutrients were replenished in the soil and transferred to fruits and vegetables but the massive changes in farming techniques due to the demands for mass produced foods have resulted in huge losses in the nutrient content of the crops.
Compounding the problem of the lack of vitamins in the original food source due to modern day farming techniques is the fact that vitamins and other nutrients are also lost due to storing, drying, freezing and the processing of foodstuffs.
Only in very recent years and following a lot of resistance has the overly conservative medical community finally admitted that there are major benefits to be gained from the continued use of vitamin and mineral supplementation.
It wasn't for example until 1992 that the journal of the American Medical Association finally recommended vitamin supplementation as a possible way of reducing heart disease and only because the evidence of using vitamins was so strong.
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