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Nutrients You Should Get From Food, Not Supplements

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 09:18 AM

Food and supplements alter how genes function. That means you need to take in the right proportion of nutrients from the right sources. We're on a campaign to spread the word that more isn't always better and to learn from "Dark Shadows'" Barnabas Collins that sometimes, a bite is the best.

We think of supplements as a smart choice, if they have the right doses of nutrients and if it's hard to get what they contain from your daily diet. For example, your body needs a good supply of selenium, folic acid, and beta carotene - first from FOOD, and second from a supplement with appropriate doses of these nutrients. Supplement mega-doses increase the risk of cancer! But getting the right amount of nutrients from green veggies, fruits, fish, nuts and deep, orange-colored produce (or an appropriate multi) protects against all kinds of disease, including the Big C. Here are great sources:

Selenium. Your goal: 70-200 micrograms daily. Try tuna, cod, turkey and sunflower seeds or just 1 Brazil nut a week!

Folic acid. Your goal: 800 micrograms daily, about half from food. That's half a cup of lentils plus 1 cup papaya plus eight asparagus spears in a day; also try spinach, avocado or cantaloupe. Take in a little more if pregnant.

Beta-carotene. Converted by the body into vitamin A, choose sweet potatoes (one equals five times the recommended daily dose of A), spinach, carrots, cantaloupe and mangoes. Take a multi with less than 2,500 IU; if pregnant, take less than 3,500 IU daily.

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