I am not a big fan of supplements. I think most of them are rubbish and contain unknown toxins or heavy metals. Don’t believe me? I recently read an article that compared the test results of 52 separate supplements on the market. Only 2 tested negative for contaminants! Some of them even had things like lead and arsenic in them. The study also claimed that some people have been incurring liver damage from supplement use. All this contamination is due to the fact that the supplement market is completely unregulated. Supplements don’t go through the stringent testing that other things like food and drugs do, so manufactures are more prone to cut corners.
This is bad in and of itself, but as a raw foodie I have always felt that you should consume your nutrients in as close to their original form as possible. There is a great deal of debate out there about the effectiveness of supplements since they are essentially just highly refined herbs. Many are treated with high heat to ensure bacteria removal and this causes them to lose a great deal of their nutrients or become toxic to the body.
With that said, I don’t feel that all supplements are bad.I am a big fan of Camu Camu berry and certain fish oils. Camu Camu berry has around 225mg of vitamin C per teaspoon. This is almost 3 times that of a whole orange! The great thing about Camu Camu is that it can be purchased in an unrefined state, so there is less risk of contamination.
Fish oils are great due to their almighty omega fatty acids. Fatty acids are needed by almost every system in the body, including the brain and the heart. I always supplement with a little fish oil when I get tried of eating fish. The good thing about fish oils is that some manufactures do their own testing, and the better quality fish oils will come from wild caught fish. So make sure you do your research before you buy. Take a look here at this list for a quick comparison.
As a raw foodie I always try to ensure I am getting all my fatty acids in a timely manner. This is to ensure I don’t become deficient in vitamin B12. Unfortunately vitamin B12 deficiency is common among vegans/vegetarians and even semi vegans like myself. This is due to the fact that we consume very little or no animal products. Supplementing with fish oil should help alleviate this.
I know that this may go against most vegans belief systems, but I feel that there are some things your body just can live without, and Omegas3s are a big one! :)