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Vitamins are no substitute for a healthy diet, of course
Research shows that there is a huge benefit to eating whole foods as opposed to singular nutrient synthetic vitamins. “This is because eating a plant in its whole form includes consuming a synergy of several vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that work together to nourish your body,” says certified nutritionist Serena Poon.
The human body is a complex system and eating a diet rich in whole vegetables and fruits, legumes, and whole grains is going to be your best bet in terms of supporting overall health and longevity. “Foods rich in polyphenols and spermidine help our bodies with cell recovery and cell growth,” says Poon. That said, sometimes supplements can help. But if you decide to take a supplement, make sure you choose a high-quality one, Poon notes.
Making a change
One indicator of a high-quality supplement is that the ingredients are sourced from whole foods rather than from a synthetic source. “One way to tell if your supplement is made from whole foods is by reading the label,” Poon says. “Labels of supplements made from whole foods will list out fruits, vegetables, and grains in addition to a breakdown of nutrients.”