Dietary Supplements

Below are five aspects of the modern epoch, each suggesting supplementation of the human diet with extracted inner-nutrients of ordinary plants:

  1. Is the pre-human quest for nutrition now replete in mankind or has it, in at least one case, stepped backwards? With greater skills at hunting animal protein, the human gut evolved away from supplying the nutritional benefits of raw fruits and greens, enjoyed by early primates. This took place recently enough for a supported renewal of┬ápre-human digestive abilities with powerful modern blenders, much as our locomotion is supported by bicycles. Pass up supplementation’s emotional burden of more-more-more, for the replenish-replenish-replenish which can transition you back to that earlier harmony.
  2. We are reaching older ages with assimilation difficulties heretofore unnoticed. If the percentage of nutrients getting through is diminished (even by decades of careless eating), an increase of their intake seems reasonable. Why not supplement?
  3. The boon, that is food technology, has also subjected the world to a plethora of unforeseen consequences. Fertilizers leach minerals out of crops while weed-and-insect killer toxins fill the gap left. Some supplements compensate for what was taken away and others will purge out what should never have been introduced: but not completely. For example, iodine displaces the halides, fluorine, bromine, and actinine; while chlorella etc. draws out the toxic metals, lead, mercury and aluminum.
  4. Guided by a quest for enjoyment, there are two joys: a food’s taste and its after feel. Food technology and supplementation each occasionally put taste and personal well-being in conflict: between a natural judgment and an ancient foundation upon which such had evolved. Cultivating an awareness of a food’s after feel is paramount, but how long would such take to emerge. If allowed, supplementation, as a foil to some products of food technology, could help to bridge the gap.
  5. Finally it is difficult to imagine transitioning from a poor to a quality diet as anything but slow, arduous, and partially incomplete. Transitional support by supplementation really deserves this fifth spot of its own; as do foods of well-known nutrient densities which need not be merely transitional.

My post, The Biotechnical-Industrial Complexes, deals at length with some of these matters.

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