06 December, 2013

Vegetarian Myth #10: Vegetarians Need Vitamin Supplements.


Think that vitamin supplements can keep you healthy? Think again!
Even some omnivores believe that taking these pills are a great alternative for natural fruits and vegetables in a meat-loving lifestyle. Vegetarians who think that vegetarianism doesn't bring enough nutrients to the body are also fooled into thinking that vitamin pills will fill in that imaginary health gap.

Sometimes, omnivores will say, "Meat has all the protein, iron, and vitamins that your body needs. A plant-based lifestyle can't give you the same amount." Well, they're right about one thing: a plant-based lifestyle CAN'T give you the same amount as meat. Plants actually give us more than meat, and vitamin supplements are nothing but bad news and an excuse to not eat your vegetables. Many of these are not even approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)!

For example, the vitamin A found in plants is more associated with lowering the risks of cancer than the retinol form of vitamin A found in animal meat. Vitamin supplements are also so processed and refined that minerals, fiber, vitamins, fats, proteins, and carbohydrates are no longer associated within these pills. There is also such a thing as overdosing.

Consuming too many vitamin supplements can destroy other necessary vitamins that are in your body. Vitamin C pills alone destroy and lower vitamin B12 levels in the blood when consumed often.

The only two vitamins that are not made in plants are B12 and vitamin D. However, there is no need to take vitamin supplements in order to receive them. Vitamin B12 is synthesized by microorganisms. They can be found on yeast that is grown on a B12 medium, spirulina, and fermented products like miso, tempeh, and soy sauce. Vitamin D can be easily received through sunlight because vitamin D is a hormone that synthesizes in our skin.

Never trust or rely on vitamin supplements. They will never give you the health benefits that raw, natural fruits, vegetables, and grains can give the human body.

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7 comments:

  1. I came to see you tonight- do you see me?
    Your very wise!
    I wanted to thank you for loving me.
    love
    tweedles

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    1. You actually come into my mind very often. :)
      Anytime I see a pretty flower, the stars, I always think of you because I know that you'd like them. And you're very welcome, Tweedles!<3

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  2. I'm doing the HCG diet on Phase 3 which requires 0 carbs and 0 sugar and I was amazed by how menu products they had with 0 & 0. Regina

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    1. I've heard of this diet but don't know much about it.

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  3. Awesome post!!! I'm totally against taking vitamins unless if the doctor prescribes them for a specific reason!!

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    1. Thanks!
      Same here. I've only gotten prescriptions when I've gotten really ill, but it's never been something that I have to take all the time.

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  4. Great article, but please review your claim about spirulina being a reliable source of vitamin B12. Jack Norris, vegan Registered Dietitian for the non-profit Vegan Outreach, has stated that spirulina is not a reliable source of B12: http://www.veganhealth.org/b12/plant#spiru

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