Thousands of years ago, our ancestors used to live in hunter-gatherer tribes that only survived on plants growing from soil that was organic and rich in minerals, along with animals that also fed on the natural vegetation around them. Consuming these plants and animals thus provided them with a pretty high vitamin and mineral content.
However, things have changed drastically in the modern world. The fresh produce that we get from our local grocery stores is losing its nutritional value. According to a 2003 report that investigated the nutrition content of fruits and vegetables over the period 1940 to 1991, the mineral content in these foods was decreasing gradually. One viable explanation for this steady decline in nutrients is the widespread use of strong petrochemical fertilizers and pesticides on the crops since the 1950s. Fast forward three decades and things still aren’t better. The low vitamin and mineral content in our local produce means their inclusion in our diet provides negligible benefits to our overall health. But the good news is that we can make up for all this shortage in nutritional value with supplements.
Nowadays, with some diligent research, we can substitute the missing amount of vitamins and minerals with useful supplements. For instance, we can use supplements such as vitamin B12, vitamin D, and magnesium to enhance our nutrition. This is the best way to enrich our diets and fill the nutritional gap so that we too, like our ancestors, can enjoy a healthy way of living.