Skip to main content
The Globe and Mail
Support Quality Journalism
The Globe and Mail
First Access to Latest
Investment News
Collection of curated
e-books and guides
Inform your decisions via
Globe Investor Tools
per week
for first 24 weeks

Enjoy unlimited digital access
Enjoy Unlimited Digital Access
Get full access to
Just $1.99 per week for the first 24 weeks
Just $1.99 per week for the first 24 weeks
var select={root:".js-sub-pencil",control:".js-sub-pencil-control",open:"o-sub-pencil--open",closed:"o-sub-pencil--closed"},dom={},allowExpand=!0;function pencilInit(o){var e=arguments.length>1&&void 0!==arguments[1]&&arguments[1];select.root=o,dom.root=document.querySelector(select.root),dom.root&&(dom.control=document.querySelector(select.control),dom.control.addEventListener("click",onToggleClicked),setPanelState(e),window.addEventListener("scroll",onWindowScroll),dom.root.removeAttribute("hidden"))}function isPanelOpen(){return dom.root.classList.contains(}function setPanelState(o){dom.root.classList[o?"add":"remove"](,dom.root.classList[o?"remove":"add"](select.closed),dom.control.setAttribute("aria-expanded",o)}function onToggleClicked(){var l=!isPanelOpen();setPanelState(l)}function onWindowScroll(){window.requestAnimationFrame(function() {var l=isPanelOpen(),n=0===(document.body.scrollTop||document.documentElement.scrollTop);n||l||!allowExpand?n&&l&&(allowExpand=!0,setPanelState(!1)):(allowExpand=!1,setPanelState(!0))});}pencilInit(".js-sub-pencil",!1); // via darwin-bg var slideIndex = 0; carousel(); function carousel() { var i; var x = document.getElementsByClassName("subs_valueprop"); for (i = 0; i < x.length; i++) { x[i].style.display = "none"; } slideIndex++; if (slideIndex> x.length) { slideIndex = 1; } x[slideIndex - 1].style.display = "block"; setTimeout(carousel, 2500); }

Greg Wells, a Toronto physiologist, says you can get vitamins C and E by eating lots of colourful fruits and vegetables.

Rebecca Cook/REUTERS

The other day my husband was watching me as I methodically counted out the kaleidoscope of vitamins and supplements I take each morning to improve my mind, bones, heart, skin, eyesight ... You get the drift. Slightly embarrassed, it got me thinking: Do I really need all these pretty pills? Are they doing me any good?

Greg Wells, a Toronto physiologist, says most of us can save a lot of money – and do our health a great big favour – by simply paying more attention to what we eat.

“You will end up with most of the vitamins and minerals you need by eating a whole-food, plant-based diet that is as organic as possible,” says Wells, author of The Ripple Effect: Sleep Better. Eat Better. Move Better. Think Better. “Food – not processed foods – is almost always better for us than a supplement. It’s all about creating a high-nutrient eating pattern rather than a high-calorie eating pattern. Nutrient-dense food is one of the most effective ways to improve your health status.”

Story continues below advertisement

Long Canadian winters with limited sunlight mean a lot of us are deficient in vitamin D. But rather than take supplements, Wells recommends eating foods such as salmon, tuna, egg yolks, mushrooms and milk fortified with vitamin D. He also says it’s important to ensure we get enough antioxidants in our diet.

We can bolster our intake by eating foods rich in beta-carotene and vitamins C and E. “You’ll find them in colourful fruits and vegetables, especially those with purple, blue, red, orange and yellow hues, which are also good for prevention of cardiovascular disease.”

Over all, Wells says we need not worry too much about taking specific vitamins unless we’ve had comprehensive blood work that has identified deficiencies. The doctor himself was surprised recently to learn he’s low in magnesium (found in beans, nuts, whole grains and green, leafy vegetables) and vitamin B12 (found in beef and fish, although Wells prefers organic grass-fed beef). These foods are now at the top of his shopping list.

Simply put: Eat the rainbow.

Report an error Editorial code of conduct
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to
Comments are closed

We have closed comments on this story for legal reasons or for abuse. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

To view this site properly, enable cookies in your browser. Read our privacy policy to learn more.
How to enable cookies