Everyone knows that a healthy diet and regular, adequate physical activity are major factors in promoting and maintaining good health. Without these factors, we increase our risk for raised blood pressure, elevated blood glucose, abnormal blood lipids, overweight/obesity, and major chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes. Yet, knowing this information, we still find ourselves to be an overfed and undernourished society because today’s modern diet fails to provide enough of the nutrients we need.

While poor dietary choices are partially to blame, lack of nutrition goes from bad to worse with our food supply’s inability to deliver enough of the key nutrients required for optimum health due to soil depletion and modern growing techniques diminishing the mineral content of our foods. The nutrient content of food is then further reduced during processing, transport and storage.

Refining processes can also remove 70 to 75 percent of the minerals from our grains. Cooking food reduces its nutritional value even more by destroying 20 to 50 percent of vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and leaches the minerals. That doesn’t leave much to fuel your body, does it? While supplements are not a replacement for food, they can give the less-than-stellar diet that extra edge by helping overcome the negative effects of poor eating habits.

This chart, compiled by Geigy Pharmaceutical Company Food Laboratory, Karlsruhe, Switzerland / Santorium Obertal shows the shocking decline in the nutrients in common fruits and vegetables.

Mg/100gr 1985 1996 2002 % Change
Broccoli
Calcium 103 33 28 -73%
Folate 43 23 18 -62%
Magnesium 24 18 11 -55%
Potatoes
Calcium 14 4 3 -78%
Magnesium 27 18 14 -48%
Spinach
Magnesium 62 19 15 -76%
Vitamin C 51 21 18 -65%
Bananas
Calcium 8 7 7 -12%
Folate 23 3 5 -84%
Magnesium 31 27 24 -23%
Vitamin B6 330 22 18 -95%

While supplements are not a replacement for food, they
can give the less-than-stellar diet that extra edge by helping
overcome the negative effects of poor eating habits.
Supplementing with high-quality vitamins and chelated minerals,
like WIN’s Phyto-Vite®, can help replace the vital nutrients
your body needs to function at its best.