I am a convert to regular vitamin and mineral supplementation and have enjoyed the benefits of a more healthy body and mind for number of years. As we all know, good health does not happen by itself. It needs to be nurtured and guarded. And of course it starts with proper nutrition and exercise.

Now before you shout me down and say supplements are a waste of money, just hear me out a little. I admit I am biased, as I have been taking supplements for nearly 2 years now – but all I know is that I have more energy, more vitality and have not had a cold or flu in all that time…touch wood…and when I have been a bit ¬†Sonavel¬†down, I have bounced back quickly.

I watched a TV program recently that discussed how Captain Cook, on his sailing adventures to discover New Zealand and Australia, had also discovered that feeding his sailors lemons kept scurvy at bay. Christopher Columbus had discovered the same effect on sickly sailors that he had left stranded on an island where citrus fruits were in abundance. Well we all know that vitamin C is good for colds. That is a supplement isn’t it.

At the first tell-tale tickle of a cold or flu, many people find that taking a combination of Echinacea, Garlic and Vitamin C with bioflavonoids, can help support the immune system so it can successfully fight the virus. The trick is to take 3 or 4 doses through the day as soon as the first symptoms appear.

By the way, bioflavonoids are a group of plant chemicals that determine the specific colors of flowers.

But I eat a lot of vegetables and fruit, I hear you say. That’s great, but do you know for sure that you are getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function properly? Most of today’s fruits and vegetables contain far less of the nutrients than they used to in our parents’ and grandparents’ day. That is an outcome of poor soil maintenance and quick turnover of the crops that most farmers practice today.

If we ensure that our bodies get the required daily intake of all the vitamins and minerals we need, then we are practicing wellness and are far less likely to fall ill and be less susceptible to other ailments.

When combined with proper diet and exercise, some food supplements (such as those containing chromium, magnesium, manganese and certain B vitamins) may help patients control blood glucose levels.

One of the problems that our ever more obese society faces is diabetes and diabetes greatly increases the risks of cardiovascular disease and stroke. So doesn’t it make sense to ensure you minimize these risks, by taking a good multivitamin each day?