Whether or not we should supplement our diet is a topic loaded with controversy in the real food world, especially those who follow the research of Dr. Weston A. Price. It was Dr. Price who inspired so many of us to improve our health not with supplements, but with a diet of traditional foods rich in minerals and vitamins. I talked about the topic of supplements here, and one “whole food supplement” of dried liver here.
There have been a few supplement items that I have had a hard time feeling great about giving to my family, but also not feeling great about leaving them out. One of which was calcium supplements. There are several studies that suggest that calcium supplements can even be harmful to our health, yet as a mostly dairy-free family, I feel that we have a hard time getting adequate amounts of calcium in our diets. It turns out that homemade bone broths may not be giving adequate amounts of calcium (plus, you have to consistently get a lot of broth in every day). Calcium from grains, nuts, seeds, and certain vegetables may not always be absorbed well. I’ve been sitting on the fence on calcium supplements for a while.
So when I heard that Ramiel Nagel, the man who wrote the book affiliate links) Cure Tooth Decay largely inspired by Dr. Price’s book, was starting a Traditional Foods Market selling real food supplements that follow Dr. Price’s protocol, I was thrilled! Especially because one of the first items he started carrying was a real food calcium supplement.
I reached out to Ramiel, and he graciously sent some samples out to me to try, and I was so impressed with the purity and quality. They are truly made out of real food! We set up this giveaway so that 4 of my readers can also try out three of his supplements (a value of $110 per winner!). I’m so thrilled to be sharing about these with you! I think that these are a great whole food/real food “supplement” to add to your diet for extra nutrition, and to help in your journey of eating nourishing food. For those on Ramiel’s protocol for halting tooth decay, these items can help you fill in the gaps of the protocol, especially if you can’t source certain food items locally.
Before I get to the individual supplements, a few quick disclaimers: I am now an affiliate partner to Traditional Food Market, so any goods bought through my links will give me a small cut of the profit. Thank you for supporting my blog! I am also not claiming that any of these products can treat or heal any diseases, and my readers also have full responsibilities over their health decisions, and can talk to their health care providers before adding any supplements or foods to their diet. Now to the items!
Calcium Source Supplement
What it’s made out of: “From the website, Traditional Foods Market Whole Bone Calcium is a totally natural, bone derived calcium complex. It delivers all of the elements present in healthy bone tissue, in their correct physiological ratios. It contains naturally occurring collagen, growth factors, and a broad range of trace minerals found in bone. Whole Bone Calcium is low temperature processed and derived exclusively from free-range, pasture-fed New Zealand cattle. The New Zealand cattle we source are never fed grain and they consume pasture or dried grasses their entire life.” Important to note: Calcium is not isolated here, but provided with the cofactors of other natural nutrients.
How it tastes: If you stick your finger into the powder and lick it, it tastes very mild and a little gritty.
How to take it: You can let it simply dissolve in your mouth under your tongue, but I haven’t been brave enough to try yet. We have successfully taken it mixed with applesauce (a little gritty, but doable) and in smoothies (where we didn’t even notice it). You can also simply mix in a little water or kefir or milk.
Why oysters? Oysters are a very important source of zinc, which is needed for a properly functioning immune system. It also happens to be a vital nutrient for male fertility. While, granted, you can get zinc at any supplement store, this is a very unique zinc supplement because it is in the whole food form of oysters, which also delivers an array of other nutrients. Each bottle of “Oyster Power” takes at least 100 oysters to make and gives you 59 other trace minerals along with zinc.
Source of oysters: My doctor doesn’t recommend the oysters from our area, sadly, because the water around them is often treated with fungicides. These oysters are sourced from clean, tested water off the coast of Ireland.
How to take it: These come in capsule form. I haven’t been brave enough to break them open and give to my children yet! We’ll see how that goes!
Organic Vitamin C Powder
Why it’s important: One item that many people don’t realize was on Dr. Price’s body building, cavity treating lunch protocol was fresh orange juice for vitamin C content. Not all of us do well with juice every day (even in small amounts), but vitamin C remains important for us to consume. Once again, there are plenty of vitamin C supplements out there that are mostly synthetic, but here is a vitamin C source that is truly sourced from nature!
Traditional Foods Market says, “Holistic Dental’s organic acerola cherry is certified organic by Oregon Tilth and comes from the biodynamic acerola cherry grower in Brazil. The cherries are grown with biodynamic principals to create a healthy ecosystem, which includes seasonal crops, pastures, herbs, and a herd of pastured cows for natural fertilizer. Freeze drying and spray drying changes the acerola’s pH and reduces its vitamin levels. This vitamin C is processed with a proprietary gentle low heat method. As a result, the natural cherry color flavor and smell remains unchanged. Lab tests confirm that no vitamin C is lost during the process. Each bottle contains at least 25,000 mg of only naturally occurring vitamin C per bottle. This is truly natural vitamin C—there is no ascorbic acid added or synthetic vitamins added at all. It’s just powdered organic cherry. Humans do not have the ability to make ascorbic acid and must obtain vitamin C from their diet. Vitamin C is thus considered an essential dietary component, it protects against damage caused by free radicals, and is essential for the body to have to make collagen—the flexible protein found in cartilage, tendons, bone, and skin.*”
How to take it: This powder tastes great! It’s a little tart, but I like tart. It’s easy to add to smoothies.
Win your own!
Enter this giveaway by entering the rafflecopter below! Also, be sure to note that those who subscribe to Traditional Foods Market get $2 store credit, and you can also sign up for the refer a friend program to earn even more store credit
Note: This giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only. No purchases are necessary to enter this giveaway. Each winner will receive products valued at $110. Winners are responsible for leaving a proper email address and responding to the email within 48 hours when the winners are announced. If winners don’t respond, a new winner will be chosen. The winners will be announced: September 16th. a Rafflecopter giveaway