When it comes to clean living, it’s typically advantageous to get many of your nutrients from whole, plant foods rather than from synthetic sources, which are often made artificially (like most supplements that are found in today’s marketplace). To be clear, just because something is synthetic doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not good for you. But there’s something to be said about fueling your body with nutrients that are derived from sources that are as close to nature as possible.
As mentioned in a Harvard Medical School Health Letter, nutrients are most potent when they come from food. "They are accompanied by many nonessential but beneficial nutrients, such as hundreds of carotenoids, flavonoids, minerals, and antioxidants that aren't in most supplements," says Dr. Clifford Lo, the Director of the Harvard Human Nutrition Program, and Medical Education Coordinator of the Harvard Medical School Division of Nutrition. The synergistic effects of phytochemicals in fruit and vegetables is certainly supported by medical research.
Additionally, eating a diet centered around whole plant foods can help prevent, arrest, and even reverse many of the top diseases plaguing the American public, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. To learn more about this topic, you’re encouraged to watch the “How Not to Die” lecture by Dr. Michael Greger, which covers this topic in-depth and provides a large number of references to medical and health studies. It’s well worth your time. Plus, as indicated on Nutritionfacts.org, Dr. Greger’s site about evidence-based nutrition, certain plant-based foods (such as berries, for example) can help lower oxidative stress and inflammation in the body, boost one’s immunity, and even help manage anxiety.
These are among the many reasons that RDCL Superfoods’ products incorporate ingredients that are derived from whole plant foods, such as pulverized organic fruits and vegetables. (link to our blog about freeze-drying) It’s an ideal way to maximize nutritional benefits (and flavor) without straying too far from the original healthy source.
By Donny Makower, A Seriously Radical Founder