I remember talking to an Asian friend of mine a while back who said in her culture it is important to eat 25-30 different plant foods every day. Here is an article on how and why you should do it.
The thing this article omits is that by adding herbs and spices which have sometimes 100-1000 times as much of some therapeutic compounds you can add even more foods.
That got me thinking. We are all trying to find that magical supplement that helps. What if the key is not to find something that works and stay on it , but to find many different active compounds ( preferable from natural plant sources) and to cycle through them like we do with food.
Maybe the body takes what it needs and puts some aside, but then could do with a bit of something else next. What if by feeding the same supplement every day it is reducing the variety of gut bacteria and running us short of some other essential ingredient?
Should we instead have a big range of biological compounds but just take each one once or twice a week the same way as we ought to be doing with food?