When I was in college, my grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer. My mother and I helped take care of him in his home, along with help from Hospice. Eight long months later, he died.
A few years later, a friend of mine died of leukemia. He was just thirty-two years old. He left behind a wife who was eight months pregnant.
Not too long after that, my father was diagnosed with severe emphysema. He was hooked up to an oxygen machine, sick and disabled for the next eight years of his life. He ended up dying of cancer.
After I saw what happened to my grandfather, my friend and my dad, I decided I didn't want to end up like that. And now that we have a little boy, I want to do everything I can to make sure I'm around to watch him grow up.
So I began to read and study in the field of health and nutrition.
Six out of ten adults in the United States take one or more supplements each day.
Americans spend $14.1 billion on dietary supplements each year. (1998)
It is estimated that number will reach 15.5 billion dollars for 1999 and 17.1 billion dollars for 2000.
Reference: Illustration 2 ("US Dietary Supplements Market Size Expressed as Dollar Sales by Top Six Product Categories for 1994 to 1998 and Forecast for 1999 and 2000"; National Business Journal, 2000, Dialog File No. 93, San Francisco: The Dialog Corporation, 2000).
Note: In 1999, consumers spent nearly double the amount spent in 1994, and sales continue to grow at more than 10 percent a year (Nutrition Business Journal, San Diego, 1998).
It's almost impossible to be healthy without supplementing your regular diet. Yet, more then half the U.S. population doesn't supplement. Those who do receive few benefits.
It's difficult for your body to use synthetic supplements created in a laboratory and manufactured in a factory. as little as 4 to 10 percent is absorbed by the body, with the rest passing through the kidneys, making expensive urine.
What matters is how well your body absorbs the nutrients into the bloodstream. It's not what's in your vitamins - it's what vitamins end up in you. This separates a good supplement from the grocery store cheapies.
That's why it's important to get your nutrition from food. The vitamins and minerals found in vegetables and fruits are easily assimilated by your body and in the right proportions. Yet not all foods are created equal.
In this day of processed foods and depleted soils, it's hard to get the daily nutrition your body needs.