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
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Thank you for the review on the supplements, I would never have thought of Oyster Powder for zinc. As for the Bone Calcium powder, I already take Great Lakes Gelatin, this sounds like a great addition.
Very interesting. I’ve never thought about whole food supplements. But good ones are always way too expensive to be a regular part of my diet 🙁
Would love to try these!
I’m really interested in the calcium and the zinc supplements (I am already getting more than enough vitamin c from my diet). It’s great to find whole food supplements, thanks for sharing these finds with your readers!
I’d love to win this!
Interesting….especially the vitamin C
This looks great! Love having quality supplements when it is in the budget.
Thanks for the offer, and I am always interested in learning about food nutients. I am a fan of oysters, but don’t get them often. I make whole milk kefir daily for breakfast, so I probably get plenty of calcium. Although I drink several cups of tea daily.
One thing to keep in mind about calcium. Caffeine draws calcium out of the body, so if you take supplements, but still drink tons of coffee or tea, you may not be getting as much as you think.
These look really great!!
I’m trying to be more conscious of having a truly well-rounded diet, and these supplements could definitely help!
Wow! These look amazing! I think I’ll look into the oyster one as we could definitely use it!
The supplements listed above are some that I have not heard of before. I’m very interested in looking through the products this website offers.
I have heard of Ramiel before. So wonderful that he started natural supplements. Can’t wait to try some as I also have a daughter who is dairy free!
These sound great! I’d love to try them as well as learn more about sufficient calcium! Thank you for sharing this great resource!
I would live to try these products. We are attempting to reverse my sons cavities!
I would LOVE to win!
I’ve been wanting to read Ramiel’s book. It’s wonderful that he’s worked to find and offer quality supplements. I’m especially interested in the calcium, since my oldest son doesn’t eat much dairy.
Would love to try some new supplements
Great looking supplements! I can’t wait to try them!
I would love to try these supplements!
I would love to start taking this, especially because I have long-standing teeth problems, and in fact having a wisdom tooth pulled (incorrectly!) 3 years ago, led to my incredibly rare disorder, Geniculate Neuralgia which I have undergone 1 brain surgery for, and will be traveling out of state for a much more invasive brain surgery at the end of the month. I had no idea having a tooth pulled could damage a nerve which would lead to the most constant, horridly, rare pain I have ever had in my life and after this surgery at the end of the month, I will have undergone 5 surgeries for this disorder.
I would absolutely love to do all I can to help my teeth, as well as the teeth of my two young daughters. My eldest who is 7 already had to be anesthetized for many caps on her back teeth due to cavities three years ago, and she and my husband, who had to hold her hand while she feel asleep are still traumatized by the experience. We never, ever want to go that route again, but now my youngest has a couple cavities, and I don’t know how to help her naturally without having to undergo the awful, scary process my oldest daughter did! Thank you so much for this information and giveaway!
Love to get away from using things like Emergen-C during cold/flu season. These supplements look great!
Thanks for the offer! These look really interesting and we’d love to be to try them.
Great products! I love that they have such great ingredients.
Like you, I’m pretty much dairy-free and worry about my calcium intake. I enjoyed your post and know I’d benefit from all three products.
I would love to try these, especially the calcium supplement for my lactose-intolerant teen!
I have a dog-eared copy of Cure Tooth Decay, so I’m excited to use the supplements whether I win them or purchase them.
I am also a health-conscious person like you, and honestly, I am taking supplements right now. From vitamins, to minerals, it is important for me to closely examine what I am giving my body. But I also believe that our bodies respond differently to certain supplement brands. Been taking supplements from Ariix and I am curious how it differs with the one your talking about. But above all, thank you for this great information!
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