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Ever had a doctor or nurse tell you that you can get all the nutrition you need by just eating food?

I’m sure you have. It’s a dishearteningly common misconception.

Don’t get me wrong. Food is the best medicine, hands down. And you should always be getting the bulk of your nutrients from a variety of fresh produce, lean protein, and healthy fats.

But don’t assume that this will be enough every time–especially if you’re struggling with serious health problems. Because getting regular, therapeutic doses of any natural compound doesn’t come easy without a little help from supplements.

And in a lot of cases, it’s downright impossible.

Just to illustrate this point, I want to share an eye-opening table that I stumbled across recently on one of the blogs that I follow. It shows just how much food you would need to consume in order to achieve the same nutrient intakes you can get from supplements.

I should note that many of these dosages are still below the upper limits of the US Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA). Of course, you’re probably laughing at this statement already. I mean, we all know that the RDA is a crock of you-know-what. In reality, you need many more times the recommended amounts of these nutrients to be anywhere close to good health.

But good luck trying to eat all of that.

As it is, you’d have to eat 22 oysters to get 25 mcg (or 1,000 IUs) of Vitamin D. (For the record, I typically recommend five times that much.)

You’d have to eat a dozen oranges to get 1,000 mg of vitamin C. (I often recommend getting upwards of 2,000 mg per day.)

And you’d have to eat 131,857 sour cherries to get 5 mg of melatonin. (Though some people need as much as 15 mg of melatonin to really see a benefit.)

I think you get the picture. And those are just a few examples. Visit here to see the rest:

So keep this valuable information in mind the next time the so-called “experts” claim that supplements are unnecessary.

“Supplements vs. Food.” Accessed at on August 21, 2013.