You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency Dr Linus Pauling 

Taking a single supplement over a complex

Sometimes we just need to bridge a gap in our health and wellbeing, especially if we are not getting a sufficient amount of nutrients from the food we eat, because it’s not always easy in this busy environment.

We are also told that we should do daily exercise and eat a balanced diet, which should include plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Unfortunately our busy lifestyles can be detrimental to our eating habits. 

These days you can’t rely on your food to supply you with the full range and quality of important nutrients you need for good health and wellbeing. Our bodies need a little extra help from other sources such as daily supplements, especially if you are either stressed, or your immune system is dealing with a health issue or simply need more energy to see you through the day.

Not All Supplements Are Made Equal

There are some considerations when you want to supplement.  Vitamin complexes work well when you need good general support, for example, the Native Nutrient B complex plus with vitamin C. Normally the B family of vitamins work well together to support stress. B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12 are synergistic nutrients, but while each of these have an important role to do in the body, you normally would not take a single B vitamin for a long length of time.  

If you have high levels of stress, to the point where you’re getting agitated, you would take the B complex and include an additional B5 to raise the levels of that vitamin in the complex as B5 targets brain, heart and improves resistance to stress.  It also strengthens the immune system. When you have high levels of stress, these nutrients are depleted, and sometimes adding in a single B vitamin into the mix helps further bridge that gap. 

Addressing Specific Health Concerns

If you have an individual health concern such as depression, single supplements can target specific deficiencies that can contribute the root cause of the to health issue. For this example of depression, Vitamin D should normally be taken if you have tested deficient for the vitamin, or during the seasons of autumn and winter when daylight is shorter and nights are longer. 

If you have specific health goals that you are trying to meet, it is always a good idea to speak to a Naturopath to help tailor a program that meets your health needs.

The Multivitamin: A Good All-Round Supplement

A multivitamin complex is a good supplement to take if you are run down and need the support of a variety of nutrients. For example, if your immune system is taxed, the need for iron, zinc  and other nutrients in a multi would be of benefit to support you and your general wellbeing.  Multivitamins are a combination of different nutrients that may potentially be lacking in one’s diet. Normally multivitamins do not contain high doses of individual nutrients. One tablet/capsule is what we call a therapeutic dose. The nutrients listed on the label always indicate a nutrient value, and it is always best to ask a practitioner if you have doubts about how many to take and when to take them. 

If you have any questions about the Native Nutrients range, I am always happy to answer these questions for you.