by Margaret Durst: B
Vitamins — The Natural Remedy for Stress and Fatigue
are one of the basic four supplements that I recommend for everyone.
Now you probably do not want to take another pill, but if you aren’t
eating as many servings of fruits and vegetables as you should,
then a supplement that makes up for that is a good idea.
I like to backtrack
a little when I address the need for a supplement. So, here goes.
The main reason to take supplements is to supplement your diet with
something that isn’t there so that you stay healthy. Almost
everyone agrees that if we all ate what we should and didn’t
eat the things we shouldn’t, then we would all be in pretty
One of the
main differences in cultures that have excellent health records
versus those that don’t is the number of servings of fruits
and vegetables eaten in a day. But it doesn’t stop at just
numbers; it also is about the quality of the fruits and vegetables
eaten. Let’s face it; the average American frozen or canned
vegetable with pasteurized fruit juice counting as a fruit is not
the quality that will supply vitamins and minerals necessary for
make sense. Most of the “green” supplements contain what
I call superfoods – spirulina, chlorella and/or blue green
algae. Green cleans – especially these super concentrated greens.
They help purify the liver, colon and blood – eliminating toxins
from food additives, pesticides, fertilizers and drugs.
There are quite
a few studies on these algae based supplements. These include beneficial
effects on LDL cholesterol, blood sugar, triglycerides, blood pressure,
immunity and chronic fatigue. I recommend them for trace minerals,
energy and general health.
Some of our
best selling multi-vitamins include a good amount of these greens
in their ingredients. These supplements contain u201Cwhole foodu201D nutritional
complexes that make sense to the body – so they are very u201Cusable.”
We give out samples of these vitamins – at least 90% of the
time, the customer likes them enough to come back and buy them with
a high level of repeat business. This tells me that people can tell
that they work for them and make them feel better.
I take greens
every day to keep my antioxidant levels high – which translates
to better health on lots of levels – from cholesterol, blood
pressure, energy and more. They also make my skin look better –
more color and more vibrant.
lots of good supplements out there – I am always concerned
about quality. The ingredients need to be high quality to ensure
that the right nutrition is there. I rotate to different supplements
– right now, I am taking Spirulina, I have been trying a new
one called Nitro-Greens. I like Quantum Greens Mix, Liquid Chlorophyll
– especially the one from Wachters, Super Algae and Perfect
lots of good choices on the market. Try adding one to your diet
for 30 days and see how you feel.
Durst owns The
Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason,