Did you know that eating a whole food, plant based diet is way more efficient than taking dietary supplements? Common sense tells us that eating fruits and vegetables is more natural and beneficial than eating pills and capsules, containing isolated compounds. But this is not just common sense, it has also been scientifically proven a long time ago.
One of the interesting studies done on this topic is a study from 2000, published in Nature. In it, scientists from Cornell University compared the antioxidant activity of an apple and vitamin C dietary supplement. They took a small apple of around 100 grams and measured its antioxidant activity – it was so high that it equaled that of a full 1500 miligrams of vitamin C alone and was shown to inhibit the proliferation of tumor cells. Thus being said, a small apple seemed to contain 1500 miligrams of vitamin C, which is far more than an average vitamin C dietary supplement – but that was in fact not the case. When the scientists measured the vitamin C content of the same apple, they found there were only 5,7 miligrams of the vitamin present – so where did the other 1494,3 miligrams go?
This findings suggest that »the antioxidant activity in apples must be due to phytochemicals«, according to study authors, and not due to vitamin C alone. The study also shows us how wrong are we to focus on individual nutrients when relating to our health – there never was and never will be one single nutrient that can cure cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity or any other modern chronic disease. There are only whole foods that contain an unthinkable amount of various nutrients, working together in interactions so complex that science will never examine them all. It is the diet we should focus on in order to maintain or regain our health – a diet consisting of whole, unprocessed, plant-based foods that provide us with everything our bodies need.