Do I need a nutritional supplement? (Part 1)

By: John Arts

John Arts
Abundant Living

It is not hard to motivate someone in pain to do things that will relieve pain. It is harder to motivate healthy people to adopt measures that will keep them healthy.

Over the next few weeks we are going to look at the benefits of nutritional supplements. In particular we review micro-nutrients including minerals and vitamins but also antioxidants with significant biological activity. Over the past 20 years I have seen thousands improve their quality of life with high grade supplements.

I recently spoke with one client who has been using our products for 20 years. He is in great health and looked 10 years younger than his age.

I asked him whether supplements had helped. He shrugged and said it was hard to tell but at 75 was on no medication and felt great.

Three words summarise the reasons to use nutritional supplements: deficiency, sub-optimum and optimum. There are some nutrients lacking to the point where deficiency causes disease. For example, vitamin D deficiency will cause the bone disease rickets.

We thought rickets was a Third World problem but an excellent study (Wheeler, 2015) commented that vitamin D deficiencies in NZ children are again causing rickets.
We then move to sub-optimum nutrition. This is where nutrient levels are above deficiency levels but below what is optimal. The results are not so obvious but over time a range of health problems emerge. Again choosing vitamin D, lower levels increase the risk of respiratory problems, immune system disorders, learning difficulties and mental health issues and many cancers.

Adding a well formulated multi-mineral/vitamin/antioxidant will firstly prevent deficiencies. More importantly it will lift nutrient levels to the point that our cells can function at their best. This is optimal function.

For more information give me a call or email You can read back issues at

John Arts is a qualified nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health. Contact John on 0800 423 559. To read more go to