Foods or Pills?
THAT ARE ESPECIALLY GOOD ALTERNATIVES TO SUPPLEMENTS
I have no financial
connection whatsoever to the supplement industry. Some readers will
nevertheless assume that I'm a bit of a health-pill-pusher. Nope; just
a realist. If you eat a Standard American Diet, you probably don't care much
for the following unpopular foods. On the other hand, we'd need fewer
supplements if we'd eat more of these:
*NUTRITIONAL or BREWER'S
YEAST (Vitamin B-12, other B-vitamins, Chromium, Selenium) Like most
foods, these won't fit into tablets. Try hiding the flavor in pineapple
juice. You may prefer the taste of primary-grown nutritional yeast, as
it is not a by-product of beer making. Debittered brewers' yeast also
offers a taste improvement.
* WHEAT GERM (Vitamin
E, Magnesium, B-vitamins, protein) If vacuum packed, one of the very best
foods in the supermarket. Only buy very fresh, refrigerated wheat germ
at the health food store. The nose knows: smell to tell if it is
* SPROUTED GRAINS,
SPROUTED BEANS (complete protein, all vitamins and minerals, fiber) Eat
raw and often. The best food at the salad bar. Probably the most
complete food you'll find. Low calorie and cheap to grow at home. If
I had only one food to recommend, it would be this.
* FRESH, RAW
VEGETABLE JUICE (Beta-carotene, minerals and vitamins in general, fiber)
Tastes great and is better for you than any beverage on Earth. Get a
juicer, and use it! No bottled vitamins can compare to an uncooked,
concentrated extract of veggies. Drink some daily.
JUICE (Large quantities of vitamin C, vitamins and minerals in general,
chlorophyll) Wheat is cheap. Sprout it in your kitchen! On a flat tray
or two, under a bit of soil, you can have an indoor sprout farm. When
several inches high, harvest with regular scissors. Add a bit of water
while putting the wheatgrass through the juicer.
* YOGURT (calcium,
phosphorus, beneficial acidophilus bacteria, protein, B-vitamins) About
the easiest dairy food to digest and absorb. Dilute with water as an
alternative to milk. Ever notice that over one-third of most
"fruited" yogurts is sugar-laden jam? Buy plain and sweeten it yourself.
* LECITHIN Granules
by the tablespoon beat those horse pills that contain only 1.2 grams of the
stuff. Cheapest, best source of choline, phospholipids and
inositol. Totally vegetarian. Start small and gradually increase
your daily lecithin.
* WHOLE WHEAT,
BARLEY, OATS, BROWN RICE (fiber, vitamins and minerals, protein, complex
carbohydrates) Who needs extra bran or laxatives when you can just eat
the fiber-rich whole grain in the first place?
(sweetness, iron) Avoid bitter blackstrap and select a "primary" or
sweet molasses as an alternative to sweet snacks.
If you are not eating the above
goodies, a regular supplement program is a wise idea.
2004 and prior years Andrew W. Saul.
Andrew Saul is the author of the books FIRE
YOUR DOCTOR! How to be Independently Healthy (reader reviews at
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