Are your supplements up to snuff? You might have read recent news articles about the shockingly low standards of many supplements on the market today. Some weight loss or muscle building supplement products can even cause major damage to your health — links have been found with testicular cancer and liver damage.
Even if they are not harmful, many
supplements are not easily absorbed by the body: they are in a form
which cannot be effectively broken down by your digestive system. You
may absorb a small percentage of the total quantity of the nutrients,
but many of the contents simply end up in the toilet (literally).
how do we know which supplements are worth spending money on?
Interestingly, there is a type of supplement which is being called the
“next generation.” These more effective products are taking inspiration
from old-school ancestral nutrition, by reaping the benefits of
You can now buy fermented supplements which may be more beneficial and effective than anything else on the market.
Why fermented foods are healthy
Are you wondering why you would want
to buy dietary supplements made with fermented ingredients? The truth
is, a few generations ago, fermented and cultured foods were a mainstay
in practically every society. Using beneficial bacteria (such as
lactobacillus, bifidobacteria and acidophilus) to preserve food was a
great way to keep things fresh before we had refrigerators.
Following the consumer boom in the mid-twentieth century,
food could be kept fresh for longer and fermented foods were largely
forgotten. Yogurt is really the only one that is still popular. However,
fermented and cultured foods are making a resurgence in holistic health
circles. Little did we know that these foods are not just a way to
preserve things without a refrigerator, but they are also amazing for
Fermented foods are made by bacteria
which eat sugar and starch and create a number of byproducts. These
include health-promoting enzymes, omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics.
Often fermented foods are easier to digest and their nutrients are
preserved or even amplified.
Some of the most commonly recognized
fermented foods include sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha and kimchi. Natto
and miso are fermented soy products that are popular in Asian cultures.
Scientific research indicates that regular consumption of fermented and
cultured foods can contribute to weight loss, boost your digestion and
immune system, and even contribute to better moods.
How fermentation improves supplement products
Using supplements with fermented
ingredients can help you gain the benefits of fermented foods in a
convenient form. There are a few key ways in which supplements are
improved by fermentation.
Studies show that fermented
supplements are more bioavailable, meaning they are more readily used by
the body. The amino acids and phytonutrients can be digested easily and
provide more health benefits. For example, when organic, sprouted brown
rice protein is fermented, it provides better bioavailability of B
vitamins, magnesium and zinc. These nutrients are otherwise “bound up”
in the rice bran and cannot be used by the human body. This offers new
opportunities to gain nutrition from foods that are otherwise
addition, when herbs used in supplements are fermented, they provide a
bigger boost to the immune system. This shows up as greater activity in
the body’s natural killer cells, which defend against infection and
unhealthy cell growth.
These effects may be thanks to the
novel bioactive compounds that can form during fermentation. Sometimes
the fermentation process spurs the formation of antioxidants and
anti-inflammatory chemicals that did not exist originally. Studies have
found that some of these compounds can help fight cancer and chronic
Next time you’re in the market for a
good greens powder, real food-based multivitamin or herbal supplement,
check the label for fermented ingredients! They deliver a lot more bang
for your buck.
Finally, although supplements are
great when you are having a busy day or are traveling and can’t eat
properly, they shouldn’t be a staple. While there is no harm in taking
good-quality supplements alongside your healthy diet, they tend to make a
significant dent in your budget. Making your own cultured and fermented
foods is a great way to get all of the benefits without spending a pile
of money. Be sure to commit to real food first — they are called “supplements” for a reason!
—The Alternative Daily