BFS recommends a quality multivitamin and mineral supplement as part of a sound nutrition program. One nutrition expert who shares this belief is Dr. Robert A. Rakowski.
Dr. Rakowski is a clinical nutritionist and the clinic director of the Natural Medicine Center in Houston, Texas. His patient base ranges from professional athletes to critically ill patients. During a recent visit to the Poliquin Strength Institute, BFS Editor in Chief Kim Goss asked Dr. Rakowski about the importance of multivitamin and mineral supplements.
Rakowski says that one problem in the US is that our fertilizers often only contain nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. “It takes 17 elements to make a healthy plant, and we only put three back in. So what happens is this malnutrition in the plants becomes malnutrition in the animals and becomes malnutrition in humans.” He adds that trying to get all the nutrients the body needs is especially problematic for athletes.
“If you’re trying to compete on an elite level, the person who has the best nutrient status and the least amount of toxins is going to win, all else being equal. I agree that we should get most of our nutrients from food. Taking supplements in the absence of a good diet is still a poor diet with supplements. What you want is a great diet, but even with that the literature suggests that a great diet is not sufficient to reestablish depleted systems – that a sick body can’t bounce back without supplementation.”
Look for more valuable information about nutrition from Dr. Rakowski in future issues of BFS.
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