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🥑 "Demystifying Supplement + Food Labels, Surprising Nutrient Deficiencies [...]"

The Art of Being Well

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Host: Dr. Will Cole
Guest: Dr. Ralph Esposito | Chief Science and Nutrition Officer | AG1
Category: 🥑 Health | Supplements
Original: 1 hr 5 min | Time Saved: 1 hr 4 min

Main Takeaways:

  • Dr. Ralph Esposito is a naturopathic physician and Chief Science and Nutrition Officer at AG1, a company developing nutritional supplements. He aims to optimize health and longevity through preventative and lifestyle approaches.
  • Many medical doctors receive minimal nutrition training, only about 1-10 hours total during their education. This is concerning as most chronic diseases have a large lifestyle and nutrition component.
  • Many people, including those who eat very healthfully, have trouble meeting the recommended daily amounts of key nutrients like vitamin C, magnesium, and vitamin D. This is due to depletion in soil, poor absorption, and higher needs from lifestyle factors.
  • B vitamins like folate and B12 play crucial roles in pathways like methylation and homocysteine recycling. Deficiencies can lead to impairment in these vital functions throughout the body and brain.
  • Phytonutrients found abundantly in fruits, vegetables, teas, and herbs have many protective benefits, yet we lack RDAs (Recommended Dietary Allowances) for them. Getting enough in the modern diet can be challenging.

Essential Bites:

[14:37] RE: "[For] Vitamin Cs [it's recommended to take] 75 milligrams a day for the average woman and 90 milligrams a day for the average man."

[35:47] RE: "One study from the UK, which actually was published in 2022 [...] found that various nutrients in our crops have reduced by up to 50%. So that means the broccoli or the orange or the carrot that you're eating now, compared to the one that your mom or grandma ate has about 50% less amounts of various nutrients."

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