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Researchers at Johns Hopkins recently reviewed three studies which found that multivitamins do not reduce risk of heart disease, cancer, cognitive decline, or heart attack risk. While the supplement industry continues to push their products on the population at an alarming rate, consumers are not yielding a benefit from these products. Instead, they are wasting their hard earned money, and may even be doing more harm than good to their bodies.

On the bright side, other nutrition recommendations have a much higher success rate of preventing and reversing these ailments - a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight. The message from the research is clear, supplements cannot replicate or replace the benefits and nutrients from a whole foods diet. On your next trip to the grocery store, resist the temptation to take a shortcut to “health” through the use of a pill, and instead use your grocery list as your multivitamin. Here are some important nutrients found in the whole foods available at your grocery store:

  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids - Salmon, Herring, Oysters, Chia seeds

  • Vitamin C - Chili peppers, Kale, Garlic, Thyme, Parsley, Kiwi, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Lemons, Strawberries, Oranges

  • Vitamin A - Kale, Salmon, Bluefin Tuna, King Mackerel

  • Calcium - Chia seeds, Sardines, Beans, Lentils, Collard greens, Rhubarb, Edamame, Tofu, Figs

  • Iron - Potatoes, Dark chocolate, Spinach, Beans, Lentils, Chickpeas, Peas, Red meat, Pumpkin seeds, Turkey, Broccoli

  • Magnesium - Avocados, Dark chocolate, Almonds, Potatoes, Cashews, Brazil nuts, Tofu, Flax seeds, Bananas

  • B12 - Shellfish, Beef, Tuna, Trout, Eggs

  • Other B Vitamins - Garlic, Salmon, Spinach, Kale, Romaine lettuce, Oysters, Chicken, Turkey, Pork, Sunflower seeds

  • Vitamin D - Salmon, Herring, Sardines, Shrimp, Egg yolks, Mushrooms, Oysters

  • Iodine - Seaweed, Cod, Tuna, Shrimp, Eggs, Prunes, Lima beans

  • Potassium - White beans, Sweet potatoes, Potatoes, Beets, Parsnips, Spinach, Swiss chard, Tomato sauce, Oranges, Bananas

  • Zinc - Red meat, shellfish, Lentils, Hemp seeds, Pine nuts, Peanuts, Cashews, Almonds, Eggs

  • Copper - Oysters, Spirulina, Potatoes, Shiitake mushrooms, Dark chocolate, Almonds, Cashews, Lobster