The RDA (Reccommended Dietary Allowance)is the recommended daily dose which shows how much vitamins and minerals we need.

In order to not suffer from the deficiency of any of the vitamins, the American Nutrition Institute, in 1950, determined and standardized the optimal amounts of certain vitamins and minerals which is called RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance).

This sounds good. But in the early 50s, we hardly knew anything about vitamins, minerals, and their physiological effects on the body.

In addition, since that time, al foods on the market contain much less vitamins because of their processing, genetic engineering and artificial fertilization. And unfortunately, organic farms are includedas well as the use the same nutrients-poor soil. But at least we do not get products poisoned with chemicals from there.

Nevertheless, today we still use this RDA table.

How much vitamins do we need?

There is lot of debates going on in the scientific world about the daily vitamin recommendations. The official recommendations are constantly changing since the discovery of vitamins.

Initially, the amount was based on what we needed to prevent deficiency diseases and most national recommendations to day use these doses.

But nutrition researchers usually suggest eating higher doses as their recommendatiods are ment for the optimal functioning of the body.

Much of the researches seem to be supported by the pharmaceutical industry to keep the recommended daily amounts below the normal level and demonstrate the dangers of „overdosing” certain vitamins and minerals.

And it is kind of true! Do not take only one or two types of vitamins or minerals. The body needs all the vitamins and minerals in the right ratio.

For example, if you only take B12, it gets unbalanced with all the other vitamins. We recommend to take multivitamin products containing everything in the right ratio and NOT in the minimum recommended amounts.

The more complex a supplement is, the more closely resembles micronutrient content diversification of food and the easier it will be for the body to process it.

I am not at all a supporter of “hit vitamins” and “hit-minerals’ which have no balance because they often cause more problems than good.

As an example, I mention that while between 1990 and 2010, pharmacists fed people with calcium and magnesium, today it is only magnesium, and I think in 10 years the marketing guys will switch over to phosphorus or vitamin D.

But your healthy bones and joints require these 4 components at the same time and in proportion, plus 25 other ones which are to be found at the right amounts only in a complex multivitamin package.

What is the best form?

Dietary supplements are available in many forms. Tablets, capsules, powders, liquids and creams and enriched foods … I think I can not list all the choices available. Everyone can select the best form one can really take in every day, even several times. For example, if you are disgusted by the sight of capsules or tablets, use powder or liquid.

I suggest you always check the amounts indicated on the back of the box.

We are what we eat. Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” /Hippocrates/