Updated: Sep 4, 2019
Between 80% of children and adolescents, and 70% of adults do not consume the 5 servings of fruits and vegetables recommended per day. However, the rest of the population that does ingest them still do not get the amount of nutrients needed to meet the thousands of biochemical reactions that occur in the body every day. This is because the food we eat does not already have the necessary nutritional value, largely as a direct consequence of modern farming practices and environmental factors that have eroded the land by eliminating its nutrient components. Thus foods have very low values of minerals and vitamins, thus not fulfilling their nutritional function. As if this were not enough, the processes of cooking, freezing and canning further eliminate the mineral and vitamin content of food. This is extremely relevant since the internal chemistry of our body depends absolutely on the vitamins and minerals for its correct functioning.
So what happens to our body?
Without an adequate intake of nutrients the body will become sick. Virtually any prolonged vitamin deficiency is harmful. Insufficient consumption of various nutrients is currently recognized as a major cause of most of the major chronic diseases affecting the population of industrialized countries. These diseases usually take years to manifest. The specific deficit of some nutrients can produce more than one disease through various mechanisms. Therefore, the consumption of nutritional supplements provides protection against diseases by strengthening cellular biochemical functioning.
In short, biochemical treatment addresses diseases with natural nutrients, not with drugs, which are part of our body, the vital torrent that nourishes every cell of our body.
The science of orthomolecular nutrition teaches us to restore the health of the patient by adjusting the diet and nutrients to the "biochemical individuality" of each subject. The most important thing is to prevent by increasing the innate natural defenses in each organism, and restoring the balance of the diseased organism in order to achieve complete health. Orthomolecular complexes do not produce any negative effects or any therapeutic dependence.
Here are some examples of deficiency manifestations of some nutrients:
MAGNESIUM: Fatigue, mental confusion, irritability, weakness, cardiac abnormalities, muscle cramps, loss of appetite, insomnia and vulnerability to stress.
VITAMIN A: Night blindness, susceptibility to infections, poor bone development and poor physical development.
VITAMIN B1: Weakness, fatigue, psychosis.
VITAMIN B2: Sore throat, lesions at the corners of the mouth.
VITAMIN B3: Low physical energy, defective carbohydrate metabolism, as well as deterioration of antioxidant and detoxification mechanisms.
VITAMIN B5: Fatigue, chronic stress, depression.
VITAMIN B6: Hormone deficient balance, immune system weakness, fatty metabolism and poor protein.
5. VITAMIN C: Scurvy, capillary fragility, poor healing, susceptibility to infections, decreased iron absorption.
6. VITAMIN D: Insufficient bone mineralization, poor functioning of the immune system.