Keep in mind that there are many great sources of nutrition: vegetables, fruits, berries, oils, seaweed, ocean minerals, Himalayan minerals, exotic plants, and so on. And research can tell us the benefits of each vitamin, mineral and omega that provides us with targeted solutions for each nutrient.
However, most of us are missing the forest for the trees. The vast majority of people are not deficient in one particular nutrient (vitamin, mineral or other). Sure there are cases, and unless you've been tested (the technology is here if you want to spend the time and money), then you probably are not deficient in one particular nutrient that is the cause or will be the cause of a health problem.
No, most of us are deficient in a vast array of nutrients. We just don't eat enough plant-based foods. We overcook our foods. And even the foods that are suppose to be good fall short of the nutritional content that they once had many decades ago due to soil depletion, picking too early, and exposure to the elements because of transporting distances. So the question you should be asking is: how can I get a broad array of nutrition from the right sources in order to fully cover my nutrient needs for good health, wellness, and prevention?
I did some exploring on the different daily nutritional supplements and the true purpose behind them. I spent a year thoroughly researching all those available on the market in order to make an informed decision and could share with others. In addition, I took a step back to look at why we take a nutritional supplement and from that answer drew to a conclusion on what specific criteria are needed to fully meet our daily nutritional needs as closely as possible, or at least as much as nutritionally possible without actually consuming a variety of home grown, organic foods (not always possible, I know!).
My findings are summarized here and I am happy to share them with you.
The first discovery made was actually a conclusion - that the best supplements on the market actually have three criteria that makes them each an optimal daily nutritional supplement compared to others that don't meet these criteria. (These same criteria can be applied to those nutritional products that in a small percentage of cases are needed for specific, targeted uses or conditions, but here we are talking about daily nutrition for overall health and wellness).
Those criteria are: 1) the product is made using the whole food; 2) it is comprised of mostly (if not all) organic foods; and 3) it includes superfoods - those foods we know to contain relatively very high levels of nutritional content.
The three companies I found that make a product (a daily nutritional supplement) that fits these three criteria are: Barlean's Organic Greens, Green SuperFoods by Amazing Grass and AKEA Essentials.
There may be others that have the three criteria mentioned above, but the main focus was to find a complete nutritional supplement that is meant to cover the vast array of nutrients most of us miss in our typical day, not a supplement specific to a particular problem (i.e. vitamin D for depression-like symptoms).
I have personally tried all three, but opted for using the AKEA Essentials (now just called AKEA and owned by Asantae). The AKEA has the added benefit of having pre- and pro-biotic enzymes and fermented foods, all of which aid in the digestion and health of the intestinal tract. The taste of the AKEA is something I enjoyed over the others, although my philosophy is I would consume any product regardless of taste if I knew it contained a very high level of very high quality nutrients. However, the AKEA does taste good.
The other point to make here is that you won't find the best daily nutritional supplements in a capsule, pill, or tablet form, at least not if you expect to get adequate amounts of nutrients. Of course, you could take 10 or more per day, but with that approach you are better off with a powder. Also, liquids will always (I have not found one without one of the common preservatives - usually a benzoate of some sort - among the roughly 30-plus evaluated) have some sort of preservative because water will invite mold and the preservative prevents the mold. And the preservative is not a beneficial nutrient, so this delivery method was voted down.
Those three criteria can be debated on whether or not they are necessary, just as many people don't think "organic" foods are necessary, but if your focus is to get nutrition into your body to support your good health and prevention of sickness and disease, then doesn't it makes sense to seek a product with only the highest standards? Besides, "organic" farming was the standard for thousands of years, and only recently has the new standard of farming become "conventional," which uses chemicals and products that are not healthy or beneficial to the soil.
Finding the best for myself and others was the goal in my search. And since we are going outside the normal method of getting nutrition (eating food), it only makes sense that we choose the absolute best nutritional sources available.
If there weren’t one, I believe I would have to create one. Hope you find this information helpful.