What is REALLY in your supplements? Are they worth the money?
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by | Oct 16, 2014

As odd as it sounds, 'All Killer No Filler' is how I approach my diet...Not listening to Sum41'S first released album whilst cooking (well, maybe), but eating food which is awesome and contains no fillers! I often get asked what it is like to be on a paleo diet. Which is odd because I do not stick to a paleo diet, nor a raw vegan diet, or any diet plan for that matter! I keep it simple and eat clean. A high diet in leafy greens and veg, complemented by good fats, carbs and protein (in that order of priority too).

Some of you may agree or disagree (especially as so many are getting Cold’s and man flu’s atm) but I avoid things like multivits and certain protein powders. It’s not that these do not serve a purpose, it’s just that I want to keep my body free from ingredients such as (taken from a leading brand of multivit):

 

Dicalcium phosphate,microcrystalline cellulose, calcium carbonate dc, coral calcium, calcium ascorbate 97%, vit e powder, saw palmetto extract(45% fatty acids), magnesium oxide dc, choline bitartrate, stearic acid, calcium pantothenate, korean ginseng 10:1 extract 20% ginsenosides, potassium chloride, magnesium oxide dc, magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide, hpmc clear coating, nicotinamide, alpha lipoic acid, royal jelly extract, citrus biflavonoids (35% hesperidin), l seleno methionine prep(0.5% selenium), kelp powder, ginkgo biloba 50:1 extract (24% ginkgoflavoglycosides, 6% terpene lactones), zinc oxide, thiamine hcl, pyridoxine hcl, beta carotene 20%, manganese sulphate, riboflavin, nettle leaf 4:1 extract, grape seed 50:1 extract(95% polyphenols), inositol, bromelain 1200gdu/gm, lipase 10,000 units/gm, papain 2000 usp/gm, borax, copper sulphate anhydrous, amylase 50,000 skb/gm, co enzyme q 10, vit d2, lutein 20% prep(40% esters), chromium chloride, vit k 5% prep, sodium molybdate, folic acid, d biotin, methylcobalamin.
Free from artificial colours & preservatives, yeast, gluten, starch &lactose. No added salt (sodium chloride) or sugar. (well thank goodness! I was worried about the added salt and sugar for a minute there…)

 

Many of these “ingredients” are used to speed up production by acting as a lubricant for the machines that produce them (hence why multivits are both cheap and expensive). Many of those ingredients are also types of glues or tableting agents (also known as caking agents, or Fillers), which help the tablet to bind together. Many of them are also minerals that have been synthesised or extracted in a lab. I’m not saying multivits and supplement powders serve no purpose but I am saying that if I had the choice between a great diet or an ok diet with added pills, then I would go for the greens!

You can get everything you need from great food and a little creativity. Check out a few of the raw vegan recipes on my facebook page to see the type of recipes I’m talking about and give them a try (much more than juices and smoothies!).
If you need extra protein, then check out companies who are raw vegan friendly (Sun Warrior, Pulsin) as they will not have Fillers or chemical glues in their products. If you find you have trouble digesting multivits and powders then you may be reacting to the agents in them. That’s how it was for me so I switched to more natural clean products and enriched my diet with more whole foods. I can say I feel 10x better for it and have never looked back.

Anyway, rant over. If you have any questions about exercise, health, or nutrition then just ask and I’ll write a response in my weekly newsletter. Email me dan.johnston@stapt.co.uk or drop me a message on Facebook.

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