I frequently get asked why taking pharmaceutical grade supplements are so important. After all, if we eat a healthy diet, we get everything we need, don’t we? Well, not really.
Many decades ago, crops were rotated to allow the fields to replenish their nutrients and the occasional farmland flood would put the minerals back into the soil. The fruits and vegetables you bought at the store were vine ripened and very good for your body. And if you ate well, you got everything you needed to be healthy. Vitamins weren’t necessary.
Today, crops are bio-engineered to resist bugs and are grown in the same piece of tired old dirt, year after year, by bombarding them with fertilizer. Chlorine bleach is added to the watering systems and the veggies are picked before turning ripe.
All this leads to fruit and vegetables that have little nutritional value. So it’s not surprising that many scientists believe most illness in America comes from a deficiency state.That means your body just doesn’t have the tools of nutrition to actually heal or prevent disease.
That’s where supplements come in…but not just any supplements. Of the four types of nutritional supplements, veterinary grade is the only type not suitable for human consumption. It’s not because they are toxic but rather it’s because the molecule size is so coarse that it takes an animal to dissolve them because they have such strong stomach acid (my dogs eat tree bark and have no problem digesting that).
The next type is nutriceutical grade, and that’s what you see at Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, CVS, and Walgreens. It is the coarsest of the three types approved for human consumption. Eighty percent of what is on the label passes through your system without being absorbed and only gives you very colorful urine.
What your body needs is medical or pharmaceutical grade. They both use the finest and most easily dissolved molecules with only the pharmaceutical grade being certified as pure.
All of the vitamin and mineral formulas you’ll find in this catalog are pharmaceutical grade. It’s what my family takes and what I recommend for you too.
If you are interested in finding out what supplements you may need, just stop at the front desk and make an appointment for a complimentary nutritional consultation. —Dr. Shoemaker