It is hard to believe that the body recognizes what these substances even are, when they have been taken out of context from the highly complex array of nutrients found within whole plant foods working in synergy to provide us with an overall recipe for good health.
In a sense, the rise of the billion dollar supplement industry has lead us away from the masterwork of nutrition found in nature’s garden. For many people supplements offer a perceived easier ‘reductionist’ solution to health problems, i.e. specific vitamins to tackle single problems or deficiencies rather than having to change their diet. Although supplements may play a role to a very small degree, they have virtually been marketed as the solution for inadequacies in people’s diets, allowing people to believe that they can keep their unhealthy food choices and addictions and simply pop a vitamin. The marketing of supplements has been so successful that there has been little attention to the lack of conclusive scientific evidence showing any health benefits.
The *scientific evidence clearly shows us that the benefits to our health are within a variety of nature's plant food as it's grown, which intrinsically provides a symphony of thousands of nutrients all in perfect amounts and working in synergy with each other for optimal absorption into our body.
* Oyebode O, Gordon-Desagu V, Walker A, Mindell JS. Fruit and vegetable consumption and all-cause, cancer and CVD mortality: analysis of Health Survey for England data. J Epidemiol Community Health. Published online March 31, 2014.