I love nutritional supplements and used to take quite a few, until I realized that these can be easily made at home. I do not like taking vitamins, as they mostly tend to go through the body, unabsorbed. In a multi-vitamin, one nutrient frequently prevents the other one from being absorbed, so once again, they are pretty useless.
Good nutritional supplements are made from dehydrated, powdered foods with the addition of superfoods, like green leafy vegetables, seaweeds, bee pollen, exotic berry powders, chia seeds, etc. While I doubt you would dehydrate and grind your own seaweed, the process is very doable with vegetables.
If you garden and grow your vegetables organically, dehydrating them and grinding them into powder around harvest time is the best, as you know where your veggies come from. The resulting nutritional supplement powders should be kept in jars with tight, fitting lids in a dry, cool place.
Use your powders to make smoothies; add them to salads, soups, sauces, even to teas. Sprinkle your fruit and veggie powders over “unhealthy, but kid-favorite” foods or mix these powders with raw honey to produce a clean equivalent to Juice Plus and other similar supplements.
I like to take 1/2 a teaspoon of each one of my mixes, combine it with some cayenne pepper, raw cocoa powder, spirulina powder, chlorella powder, bee pollen, probiotic powder and honey and eat it like a pretty nice-tasting desert. You can experiment and come up with your own ways and ideas on how to use the mixes.
All supplement powders are made the same way: first you dehydrate the food and then you grind it into powder ( I use a dry food container of my Vitamix blender, but some smaller blenders, like Nutribullet can work, too.)
My favorite homemade supplement powders are made from the following highly nutritious foods: kale, celery, spinach, carrots, blueberries, raspberries, chard, parsley, cilantro, apples, grapes, cranberries, broccoli, pineapple, elderberries, hibiscus flowers, pomegranate rind, lemon rind. Some of these are already sold dry, like dried cranberries, raisins or elderberries: I just need to grind these. All of these powders mix well with healing spices, such as: ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper, garlic.
When I choose fruits and veggies for my supplements, I make sure they are organic. The nutrient concentration in a very small amount of powder is pretty high, and you don’t want to take supplemental pesticides and toxins.
To dehydrate your produce, pick only good, ripe fruits, vegetables and berries. Slice them evenly. Blanche broccoli, cauliflower, celery and carrots to speed drying time by immersing them in boiling water for three to five minutes. Load your fruit and vegetable slices onto the dehydrator trays, being careful not to overlap them, as this will slow the drying time. Consult the owner’s manual for recommended drying times, but expect the process to take between 8-12 hours on average. As you reach the end of the drying time, check your fruits and vegetables frequently for dryness. After the produce is dry, allow 30-60 minutes of cooling time.
Now, blend your produce into powders, pack each powder into its own jar, close the lids tightly and use liberally!