Most adults in the U.S. are not anywhere close to eating the federal government’s daily recommendation of fruits and vegetables. Yet research shows that by eating a proper diet, you can reduce your risk of chronic disease - conditions such as osteoporosis, cancer, dementia, pulmonary disease, stroke, diabetes, or kidney stones - by 80 percent.
Many consumers know they’re not eating enough fruits and vegetables, so they take vitamins to make up for the lack of nutrition. Yet research shows that the body might not benefit from isolated nutrients found in vitamins - it needs macronutrients, micronutrients, phytonutrients, and antioxidants, all found in whole, plant-based foods.
Here are the research-driven reasons we created Whole Nutraceuticals and patient-specific dietary strategy - a convenient way to give your body nutrients it needs in a form it can use.
By eating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, you can decrease your risk of chronic disease by 80 percent.
Research shows that you have the power to significantly improve your health. This phenomenon can be explained by epigenetics - the study of outside factors that can influence genes to be turned on or off. Factors include things like what you eat, how much you sleep, how much you exercise, or whether you smoke.
Through a healthful diet and lifestyle, you can “switch off” genes that lead to chronic disease. Most of us fail to eat a balanced, healthful diet, leading some of our ‘bad genes” to activate in the form of kidney stones, osteoporosis, heart disease, dementia, cancer, and other chronic diseases.
Only 1 in 10 adults meets the federal government's recommendation of 5 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
The United States Department of Agriculture stopped using the food pyramid as a guide and switched to MyPlate in 2011. It is now recommended that half of our plate, during all meals and snacks, should be fruits and vegetables. Adults should consume 5-10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, and there is debate if that number should be even higher. Health organizations recommend whole fruits and vegetables. Vitamins cannot compare. https://www.choosemyplate.gov/vegetables-nutrients-health
Medical researchers have been unable to find evidence that traditional vitamins are effective. What research has found is that combined nutrients found in whole foods, many still unknown, work synergistically to give the body fuel for vitality. Isolated nutrients, as found in vitamins, cannot.
Many people take vitamins and supplement pills, hoping to fill in the cracks of a deficient diet. By consuming whole food, the benefit is significantly greater than isolated vitamins alone.
How does this nutrient synergy work?
Apples, for example, are a rich source of phytochemicals and antioxidants and contain more than 10,000 known nutrients. To understand how they all work together, a few definitions:
Phytochemicals are chemical compounds only found in foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and grains. Some known phytochemicals in apples are phenolics, flavonoids and carotenoids. Other phytochemicals found in apples serve as antioxidants.
Antioxidants are chemicals that fight oxidative stress in the body.
All day, just from breathing, eating and being alive, millions of reactions - oxidation - take place in the body on the cellular level.
Free radicals are a product of oxidation. They attach to cells and damage them, leading to oxidative stress, chronic disease and aging.
To put it all together, the body uses antioxidants, found in whole foods, to break down free radicals. So in turn, a balanced diet, rich in whole fruits and vegetables, provides the body with the antioxidants it needs to fight chronic disease and many of the effects of aging.
Back to the apple example. Vitamins can’t help the body the way plant-based whole foods do because they don’t have the antioxidants and phytochemicals to put it all together. At this time, science can’t recreate the synergy found in whole foods. Yet, research shows apples do significantly reduce rates of chronic disease and the effects of aging.
Angela Lemond, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a registered dietitian, said it another way, "Supplements are just isolated nutrients, without the other beneficial food components created by nature." (See link below, #2)
Did your mother ever tell you, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away?”
She was right.
The old saying, “You are what you eat?”
And It turns out Hippocrates, the Greek founder of medicine back in 460 BC, was right when he said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”