Ideally we would obtain all the nutrients we need from our food. A healthy diet is certainly an essential starting point. Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet (SAD) has replaced nutrients with calories. Even those who make an effort to eat healthily, focusing primarily on plant-based foods, are often surprised to discover–through advanced nutritional testing–that they are deficient in key vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids. Part of this stems from dietary inflation. Just as yesterday’s penny candy now costs a dollar, today’s spinach has only a fraction of the magnesium and other nutrients found in its counterpart from fifty years ago. According to U.S. Government statistics, there was a 35-77% decrease in the zinc, magnesium, boron, and copper content in plants in 1999 compared to 1950. Similarly, during the period from 1944 to 1994, the number of calories, protein, and fat did not change in what comes out of the ground, but the vitamin content dropped dramatically. This reality stems from farming practices that have depleted the soil. Because consumers do not taste or see the nutrients in the fruits and vegetables they buy, there is no incentive for farmers to load the soil with nutrients prior to planting. Consequently, in modern America, even the most health-conscious consumers have a difficult time achieving optimal nutrition through diet alone.
This is one reason supplementation has become essential to optimal health. Another reason stems from specific health problems people encounter. Volumes of research validate the benefits of taking certain vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, herbs, and hormones for specific health conditions. Whereas people often find supplements more effective, less costly, and less side effect-ridden than prescription and over-the-counter drugs, supplements are not approved by the U.S. FDA to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure any disease. This is because the overwhelming majority of supplements are already found in nature and therefore cannot be patented. Because nobody wants to spend hundreds of millions of dollars obtaining FDA approval, only to have a hundred other suppliers market the same product, nutritional supplements will forever remain “experimental” as far as government regulators and mainstream medicine are concerned.
Grand County Wellness Center proudly offers nutraceutical-grade supplements from the suppliers listed below. We are not a health food store or pharmacy. We do not attempt to stock every possible item, nor even the most popular ones that might be featured on the talk shows and in magazines. We choose which supplements to stock based on specific patient needs, convenience, and requests; superior cost, quality, and availability.
Below is a list of our current manufactures
Designs For Health
Life Extension Foundation
Professional Health Products