Supplements are just that, “supplements”. They are not “substitutes” or “replacements”. It’s always a better idea to get vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from food as they are a natural source rather than getting them from something man-made. This is because natural sources are, in most instances, better absorbed by the body.


Take Food Instead of Supplements


Natural, whole foods provide a lot more benefits than supplements. They are loaded with combinations of nutrients. For example, raw spinach has not only vitamin C but also has folate, niacin, riboflavin, and potassium. Cooked spinach has higher levels of protein, vitamins A and E, zinc, fiber, calcium, thiamin, and iron. While on the other hand, vitamin C supplements only have vitamin C. Whole foods also offer a host of other benefits like fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals, which cannot be reproduced in a lab. These naturally-occurring enzymes and compounds help to protect against chronic diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

A diet full of whole foods is amazing because of the synergy that occurs with the natural vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients found in food. This is called the synergistic effect when naturally occurring enzymes and compounds work together in beneficial ways for the body.

Supplements do help if a person is unable to meet his or her daily nutrient needs because of certain health issues, vitamin deficiencies, medications, recovery from surgery, or malnutrition. If you are looking to increase a specific nutrient, such as vitamin C, or iron, supplementation may be of good value.  While supplementation helps as an “addition”, eating real, whole food should always be the priority and first line of defense. Supplements without a healthy, balanced diet are useless and shouldn’t be used instead of meals.

“A diet full of whole foods is amazing because of the synergy that occurs with the natural vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients found in food. This is called the synergistic effect when naturally occurring enzymes and compounds work together in beneficial ways for the body.”

Six Reasons why Food is Better than Supplements:


  1. The supplement industry is Supplements vary in quality and ingredients and may cause harmful side effects if the quality is poor.
  1. They sometimes have misleading claims since no scientific studies or tests are required as support in order to sell.
  1. They don’t cure Mislabeling and false claims can make people think that a certain supplement can cure their ailments when in reality, they can’t.
  1. They’re You’re better off spending your money on good quality whole foods. Supplements are useless if your food intake is not healthy and balanced in the first place.
  1. Your body can become unbalanced. Relying too much on supplements can make your body stop producing the supplemented substance on its own because it thinks that you can always get it from another.
  1. Supplements can cause Since the industry is unregulated and no prescription is required, some people can get toxic levels in their bodies which can cause death.

Final Thoughts


It’s easy to be swayed by the vast array of supplements with fancy labels and extraordinary claims that are out in the market. Just because there’s a new “cutting edge” supplement that everybody is using, it doesn’t mean that you have to jump in the bandwagon. If you don’t have any special conditions like malnutrition, disease, or vitamin deficiency, you don’t need supplements. Stick to the basics. Eat whole, healthy, well-balanced foods and you should be good.  If you choose to take supplements for a specific need, do your due diligence and research the brand thoroughly, look for evidence based research, and look for legitimate customer reviews.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, use your gut feeling and use common sense.

About the Author


Cliff Bello is the CEO and creator of MindNbody.me. After losing weight and getting to a healthier place himself, he became passionate in helping people do the same by providing them with unique tools in the field of mindset, nutrition, and training–using a more holistic approach to health and fitness. It is his mission to help people love themselves again and keep the results forever.

Cliff has assisted several people in achieving their fitness and health goals throughout the years and he even documents some of the success on his website. It’s always cool to see and be inspired by others kicking ass so if you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, check out Cliff’s website and the success stories as well as some other helpful and encouraging articles!

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