How Useful Are Dietary Supplements?

10 Top Reasons and How to Recognize Quality Vitality Products

In our daily therapeutic work, we unfortunately notice again and again: Even with the “best” diet, the body still lacks important nutrients.

If the body is deprived of vital nutrients over a long period of time, this will initially result in reduced performance and, in the long term, may even lead to permanent damage. This is why it makes sense to take nutritional supplements. But how can a nutrient deficiency occur despite a “good” diet? And which supplements are recommended?

10 Possible Causes of Nutrient Deficiency


  • 1. Not Enough Fruits and Vegetables
    The average German eats only 289 grams of fruits and vegetables per day! This is far too little, as even official sources recommend 400 g, which we consider to be the absolute minimum, especially when it comes to vegetable consumption (fruit should be eaten in moderation due to its usually high glycemic load). Since only 27% of women and 20% of men reach this amount, it is no wonder that many of us are missing out on essential vitamins, fiber, minerals and trace elements. But even if we eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables every day, we may still be missing out on nutrients. This is because many fruits and vegetables are often of poor quality, harvested unripe, or overheated during preparation. All of this leads to nutrient losses.
  • 2. Too little high-quality protein (amino acids)
    GVegans and vegetarians in particular have the challenge of replacing animal protein adequately and sufficiently in their diet. But also pregnant women, seniors, athletes, sick people or people who would like to stay vital have an increased need for amino acids. Not without reason are these considered the basis of all life. A sufficient and high-quality supply is essential for our health, since amino acids are responsible for cell formation and cell regeneration, among other things.
  • 3. Insufficient Sunlight (Vitamin D3)
    As northern and central Europeans, we are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to getting enough sunlight each day. However, our bodies desperately need it to produce the vital vitamin D. Among other things, vitamin D controls calcium absorption in our bones and strengthens our body’s defenses. Unfortunately, even a long walk each day is not enough to provide us with enough vitamin D3 – especially during the cold and dark season.
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  • 4. High Stress Levels
    We are all exposed to a variety of stressful situations on a daily basis: high pressure to perform at work, school or college, caring for family in addition to work, homeschooling, financial responsibilities, etc. This constant stress is an ideal breeding ground for free radicals, which can cause an imbalance in nutrition. Antioxidants provide effective protection against free radicals.
  • 5. Food Denatured by Industrial Processing
    Here is a rule of thumb: The more industrially processed a food is, the fewer nutrients it usually contains. However, because our modern, stressful lifestyles are usually tightly scheduled, many of us reach for ready-to-eat foods on a daily basis. Sandwiches, instant soups, convenience foods, and even supposedly “healthy” options like yogurt, instant cereal, and soy products tend to be very low in nutrients.

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  • 6. Mineral Deficient Soils
    A fact that even the most balanced diet cannot avoid: Fruits and vegetables are often so low in nutrients because many soils have simply been depleted by modern, efficiency-oriented agriculture. The use of fertilizers does the rest, so that the nutrient soil for our food is neither particularly rich nor sustainable.
  • 7. Too Much Sugar and Carbohydrates
    It is human nature to prefer sweet foods. After all, our first taste perception is our mother’s milk, which is said to have a slightly sweet taste. Unfortunately, we often overindulge in sweet things these days. Foods and beverages containing sugar and carbohydrates dominate our daily diets, while nutrient-dense foods are increasingly relegated to the background. As a result, the more sugar we eat, the fewer vitamins and minerals we absorb. A fact that was confirmed just last year by the University of Lund in Sweden.
  • 8. Not Enough Fish (Omega-3 Fatty Acids)
    Not only vegans and vegetarians are affected by an omega-3 deficiency, but also many “omnivores”, and so many of us consume too much omega-6 fatty acids, but at the same time suffer from an acute omega-3 deficiency. It should be obvious that regular consumption of fish sticks or fried fish sandwiches is not the answer. Instead, high-quality sea fish from sustainable organic aquaculture should be on the menu at least once a week, but since this is not always readily available and fish from conventional aquaculture or wild-caught fish are often heavily contaminated with heavy metals, vegan algae oil can be a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • 9. Increased Nutrient Needs in Different Life Situations
    Of course, nutrient needs vary greatly depending on your life situation. Pregnant women, seniors, athletes, children, vegans, vegetarians, people with health problems, smokers or people with high stress levels have increased nutrient requirements. This clearly deviates from the official recommendations and should therefore be adequately covered.
  • 10. Regular Use of Medications
    What many people are not aware of is that taking certain medications can lead to severe nutrient deficiencies. The list of medications is very long and beyond the scope of this article. So here’s our tip: Talk to your doctor or therapist about how you can avoid nutrient deficiencies when taking medications, or look for suitable alternatives together.

“Eating and nourishing can be worlds apart.”


Dietary Supplements – Yes, Please!
But How Do You Separate the Wheat from the Chaff?

Unfortunately, the dietary supplement industry is like many other products: There are great, high-quality vitality products from reputable manufacturers. But there are also supplements that are not only inferior, but in some cases can be counterproductive. This is especially true if they contain sugar or if you have an intolerance to sugar.

The following are some of the things you can look for in a dietary supplement that may not be of the highest quality:

  • Use of sweeteners and fillers, such as sugar, sucrose, dextrose, or sugar substitutes, such as aspartame.
  • Use of anti-caking agents, binders and additives such as titanium dioxide, soy, lactose and gluten.
  • Use of dyes and preservatives
  • Use of artificially inactive forms, such as folic acid instead of folate in vitamin B12 products
  • Low bioavailability
  • Use of carbonates instead of citrates, e.g. in acid-base mixtures
  • Use of genetically modified raw materials and ingredients
  • Low or insufficient dosage of ingredients
  • Pasteurization in products with lactic acid bacteria
  • Frequent use of fish oil in omega-3 products and thus increased risk of ingredients contaminated with heavy metals

Last but not least, a point that we ourselves consider very important: the country of production. Especially in times of sustainability and social responsibility, it is very important to us that the production and working conditions are fair and remain so. For this reason, the majority of dr.reinwald vital products are manufactured in Germany. In this way, we can not only guarantee that our products have been produced in an ethically correct manner, but we can also take into account the existing strict control mechanisms of Germany and the EU.

The 4 Must-Have Supplements

Of course, the “right” nutritional supplement is always individually tailored to your nutritional and life situation. Therefore, our tip: Have your nutritional situation tested by your naturopath or therapist, who can advise you accordingly. Regardless, there are some “classics” that we recommend to everyone as a valuable addition to their daily diet.

Our top 4 are:

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