The dietary supplement industry is second only to the pharmaceutical industry when it comes to pushing pills. Your doctor will often prescribe a pill for this, a drug for that and seldom focus on the detrimental and potential deadly side effects of the medication (you have to watch a TV commercial for that!). Your druggist will always provide a written description of the drug and often will offer to explain potential side effects. Seldom if ever will they discuss potential drug interactions with either prescribed medications or over the counter drugs you may be taking. That can often present a Deadly Problem, so be cautious!

Then there are the vitamins and other 'food' supplements. The industry is massive. Just walk down the grocery/pharmacy isle. Go to a local vitamin shop, or drug store. There are hundreds, no Thousands of supplements, vitamins and all sorts of stuff marketed to help make you healthy.

So do you need the drugs? Do you need the supplements? What about the Vitamins?

Prescription Drugs

Like I have said previously, we are NOT medical or pharmacological practitioners. (have to say that!). That being said, there are often good reasons to take some of these things. If you do have a medial condition, by all means take the prescription drugs that you doctor prescribes. You can still question the efficacy, interaction and effectiveness of the prescribed medications!

Many people who stick to a Whole Food Plant Based diet and lifestyle, begin to regain their natural health and rebuild their immune systems such that they no longer need many of the mediation previously prescribed. That includes insulin for diabetes two patients, those suffering from arthritis and high blood pressure, high cholesterol and more. Always check with your doctor to see if you can reduce or eliminate your current drug regime.

Supplements

Supplements come in such a wide variety and purpose, it is difficult to even count how many and whether they are effective, actually good for you or even needed at all. You can ask your doctor, but they will probably not know what you are talking about as it is impossible for anyone to understand all the stuff that is out there. In general, if you are eating a whole food plant based diet and living a corresponding lifestyle, you probably do NOT need supplements.

Some of the powdered supplements are sold as sources of protein. You can get all the protein your body needs (even for extreme athletes) from natural plant protein without resorting to powdered protein that is often full of whey (a discard from cheese making – they had to do something with it!).  There are many good sources of Plant Protein, Vitamins and Minerals if you like to suppliment your diet. Added to smoothies or juices (fresh) they can add essential nutrients for those on the go, fighting illness or as meal replacements for those 'on the go'.  

In addition, many people just don't get enough of healthy fats in their diets.  Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that can be beneficial to your health.  Often adding a suppliment can help offset a dietary deficiency; but NEVER use fish oils; way too contaminated.  There are healthy plant based Omega-3 suppliments you can try. Below are a couple of recommended supplimental foods we use frequently:




Vitamins

Now to vitamins. We ALL need vitamins but mostly they come from the FOOD you consume; if you are eating a healthy diet! Getting your vitamins, amino acids and minerals and the rest is ALWAYS best to receive them naturally with the high fiber a plant based diet provides.

That being said, much of our land has been depleted from over-farming and extremely poor practices of mono-farming (where the same crop is grown in the same ground year after year). The massive use of non-organic chemical fertilizers make the plants look good but cannot in any way provide the same nutrient complex of a good healthy soil. Pesticides, used in massive amounts with GMO farming just make matters worse.

So, to insure that you DO get the best available mix of vitamins, minerals and such, it is a good idea to take a supplemental vitamin complex. Vitamin B12 is a necessary vitamin missing in strictly plant based diets; except for supplemental enrichment of many plant-based foods. In fact, most animal foods, that used to contain this essential vitamin no longer do; because of the nature of factory farming techniques that feed animals an unnatural feed devoid of the dirt and bacteria they would otherwise consume in a natural habitat (B12 is created by organisms in the soil, NOT by the animal).

There are so many vitamin supplements on the market it is difficult to figure out which one to take. Your doctor will probably tell you just to take a 'multivitamin' and be done with it. But not all vitamins are the same. Some are chemically derived, others extracted from natural sources.

We have long been a fan of NOW Pharmeceutical brand of vitamins and suppliments.  Try Adam for men and Eve for Women:



Rose hips contain the seeds of the rose plant. Dried rose hips and the seeds are used together to make medicine. Fresh rose hips contain a lot of vitamin C, so they share many uses with vitamin C including preventing and treating colds, flu, and vitamin C deficiencies.  Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps support the immune system and helps neutralize free radicals in the body.

Vitamin C is helpful to maintain the health of blood vessels, bones, teeth, skin and cartilage, according to the National Institutes of Health. It also helps to protect the body's cells from damage and is known for its antioxidant properties. Rose hips are also useful in boosting and maintaining the body's immune system, due to their high vitamin C content.




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The health benefits of vitamin K2 go far beyond blood clotting, which is done by vitamin K1, and vitamin K2 also works synergistically with a number of other nutrients, including calcium and vitamin D. Its biological role is to help move calcium into the proper areas in your body, such as your bones and teeth.

NOW Foods' MK-7 vitamin K2 contains a highly biologically active form of vitamin k2 derived from non-GMO natto
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Melatonin, also known as N-acetyl-5-methoxy tryptamine, is a hormone that is produced by the pineal gland in animals and regulates sleep and wakefulness. Melatonin is also produced in plants where it functions as a first line of defense against oxidative stress.

Melatonin is a strong antioxidant (often it is called scavenger of free radicals), which protects the body from the effects of noxious compounds. Therefore it was hypothesized that the reduction of melatonin levels with age contributes to the aging process.

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Our skin care cream is a blend of100% organic Camphor, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Sweet Orange, Lemon, and Rosemary Essential Oils.

Unlike many other products on the market, our product smells good. Itdoes NOT have a medicinal or "athletic" smell.  The ingredients that make up the moisturizing cream are: Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera), Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygoalus Dulcis) and Vitamin E.


Eight of the most beneficial Adaptogens in existence: Panax Ginseng, Ashwagandha, Schizandra (also spelled Schisandra), Rhodiola, Maral Root (Rhaponticum), Shatiike Mushroom, Maca, Tulsi (Holy Basil). Plant Based phytonutrients from Chlorella, Turmeric, Cayenne Pepper and TMG. The Amino Acids, Taurine and Tyrosine: Ionic Trace Minerals: Copper Gluconate: Vitamins A, B Complex, C and D3.



This unique nutraceutical supplement combines therapeutic levels of polyphenols from plants: ellagitannins (Ellagic Acid) from Raspberries, Pomegranates and Terminalia Chebula; oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC) from whole grape extract; catechins from Green Tea; Graviola; and 7 Plant Based Digestive Enzymes; together with the antioxidant vitamins A, C, E and the mineral Selenium to create an extremely potent antioxidant formula.