The Quest for Optimal Health
We’ve finished off with the Macros, now it’s time to take a look at the often overlooked micronutrients. What I found out just might shock you!. Medium Read 3-5 mins.
By Cassius Fragomeni
Just like their big brother Macronutrients, micronutrients are vital to the bodies well-being but as the name implies require a much smaller consumption to ensure you are in top top shape. There are two things which comprise all micronutrients, Vitamins and Minerals. The former being essential organic nutrients which the body isn’t that great at producing and the latter being inorganic nutrients which are also tough to produce, both of these can be obtained by eating of course. However it’s become evident to me that to actually obtain all of your micronutrients you would have to consume an ungodly amount of food.
A study published in 2010 in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, (what a mouthful) concluded that of the 4 popular diet plans they tested all of them failed to provide the minimum RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) of all 27 micronutrients analyzed with some of them even being completely non-existant or low enough to be considered a non-factor.
The reasons all of these diets and pretty much all of our food in general has lost its micronutrients is pretty complex. The few key points are: firstly modern farming practices strip the soil of its nutrients at a faster rate then it can be replenished, Second Fruits & Veggies are now grown specifically for the highest sugar caloric yield and not nutrition, Third the animals which we consume contain very low amounts of vitamins compared to what our ancestors were consuming. There are some more reasons and if you would like the indepth read I’ve sourced this information at the end of this article, but the baseline is that even making sure to eat the right foods it’s simply impossible to actually obtain the nutrients we need.
What about Supplements
Immediately my mind goes to science, obviously with an entire billion dollar health industry I can’t be the only one who’s come to this conclusion and of course there must be someone who then took that conclusion and said I want to make money from this. So I began to search, I even reached out to some friends who are much more versed in pharmaceuticals then me.
Unfortunately the answer I got from them was that the general consensus is that multi-vitamins are fucking garbage and one of the industries biggest scams.
The reasons for that are numerous and I won’t get into them here as that could be it’s whole own article, however that didn’t stop me from believing that someone out there in this planet has created a supplement that isn’t a pile of garbage and truly ticks every box required for that RDI.
So I decided to start from the opposite end of the chain, I thought to myself who regulates all of these drugs if so many are being put on shelves with sub-par ingredients and flat out lies. That’s when I discovered the holy grail of standards. Australia’s very own TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration). They are the cream of the crop when it comes to standards, and boy did they lead me straight to the gold.
The Holy Grail of Health Supplements
After looking at the companies they have given their seal of approval to that produce the product we’re after, I was led to THORNE. These guys are the real fucking deal, a look at their “No” List right away shows how high their standards are. I’m not going to dive into their methods as it’s simply not even necessary, the Australian TGA seal of approval is justification for the products merits. Of course nothing is perfect so as this is going to be my solution to hitting my micronutrient needs, I will eventually update this page with the results of me testing it. I’ve spoken with my doctor and after a month of taking these I will be doing a Micronutrient Test to confirm or debunk the results myself. However I feel absolutely confident about Thorne and will be using their Multi-Vitamin elite and reporting back shortly!
Well we figured out that we’re kind of fucked no matter what when it comes to micro nutrients, it’s absolutely impossible to tick all the boxes naturally thus the only option is some form of supplement. I’ll be testing out Thorne Research and hopefully they work out perfect otherwise back to the drawing board!