Probably not. As a doctor, I've never seen or treated a single case of Scurvy (a vitamin C deficiency). Or Pellegra (a vitamin B3 deficiency), Beri Beri (a vitamin B1 deficiency) or Rickets (a vitamin D deficiency).
Why? Because the cause (and cure) for these extreme, short-term micronutrient deficiencies was discovered in the early 1900’s. Because of this, even our processed, packaged and otherwise less-than-optimal food choices are "fortified" with enough synthetic vitamins to prevent outright illness and disease.
But as a society, our low intake of fresh, nutrient-dense foods and high intake of unhealthy fats and simple carbohydrates has caused an unprecedented rise in more chronic, long-term disease states including metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and poor cardiovascular health. Ironically, nutritional imbalances such as low vitamin D, low magnesium, and imbalanced omega 3 fatty acids are the common denominator all these modern-day illnesses share.
Because the real problem is a lack of food-based nutrients in the diet, countless studies have proven that synthetic, isolated vitamins do very little to reverse these chronic diseases. Yet there are numerous studies that show a positive link between the consumption of more healthy fats, fruit and vegetables and a dramatically lower incidence of virtually every modern, chronic disease.
As it turns out, the old adage that "you are what you eat" is scientifically sound!
Vitamins and minerals are best utilized by the body when they are consumed in a biodynamic, whole- food context, not as artificial isolates. Dietary supplements made from real food concentrates not only nourish the body with the essential vitamins and minerals, they provide bioactive peptides, enzymes and other key compounds that promote optimum cellular function and health. In addition, real-food nutrients have been shown to have a significantly higher utilization rate. Simply put, the body thrives on whole foods, not nutrient isolates.
Optimal nutritional support comes with the use of whole food concentrates (like those found in Core 4 Nutrition's Fruit N Veggie Might) and whole-food nutrient complexes (such as those found in Daily Dose). The use of isolated vitamin and mineral supplement support should be viewed as appropriate only as a temporary, short-term solution for a specific and documented imbalance.
Don’t just take my word for it.
1. Perform an advanced metabolic assessment such as an Organic Acid Assessment which will provide a baseline evaluation of your body's cellular metabolism; its digestive and detoxification processes and/or its ability to handle and mitigate stress.
2. Get on the Core 4 Nutrition Program.
3. Pay attention to how you feel. In just a short-time, you will find yourself feeling and performing better. When completed for a second time, your Organic Acid Assessment will show dramatic, measurable improvements. And it will pinpoint the need for any specific, short-term nutrient support.