Why do we need vitamins and minerals?
Vitamins and minerals are essential for human development. Our bodies consist of millions of cells that are constantly being regenerated. To perform optimally and to stay healthy, each cell needs a certain amount of vitamins and minerals. Vitamins are necessary for the production of red blood cells and to maintain the nervous, skeletal and immune systems while minerals are needed to help regulate body functions, release energy and assist growth. In the US today, poor or inadequate diets are associated with 4 of the 10 leading caussesOf death (coronary heart disease, certain types of cancer, stroke and type 2 diabetes).
Where are we supposed to get these vitamins and minerals?
Food is a major source of vitamins and minerals. According to the U.S. Food Guide Pyramid, we need to consume 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily to make sure that we are getting all the 13 different vitamins and 17 different minerals that our body requires to function effectively.
Are we getting all the nutrients we need in a day?
Due to depleted soil, chemical fertilizers, artificial ripening, long periods of storage, over processing, cooking and reheating, many of the nutrients found naturally in the food we eat are removed or depleted even before they reach us. It takes some planning to eat a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every day. In this fast paced society, we find ourselves reaching for highly processed and refined foods on the run. To assess Americans’ dietary status, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) developed the Healthy Eating Index (HEI). According to the HEI, 90 percent of Americans have a diet that is poor or in need of improvement. As a whole, we consume too much fast food, fatty snacks, carbonated waters, caffeine, sugar and salt which renders us vitamin-deficient. Most forms of cooking destroy the vitamins and minerals that are in our food, leaving our body starving for more nutrients. The daily stresses of life and pollutants in our air, water and food decrease these essential nutrients, particularly antioxidants, in the body. As a result, many Americans may be suffering from a nutritional deficiency.
Doctors list nutritional deficiency symptoms as including excessive worry, depression, inability to cope with stress, sensitivity to certain foods and chemicals, low tolerance for distractions, headaches, gastric distress, sore muscles or joints, skin problems, no reserve energy, frequent infections, lowered sexual interest , lowered mental acuity and memory, to name a few.
How do we get these missing nutrients?
Multivitamin /multi mineral supplementation helps to provide the body with missing nutrients.
The proper amount of micro nutrients in our bodies will lead to more efficient functioning and better health. Therefore, a balanced daily supplement is the best way to receive the right amount of all the micro nutrients our bodies require and to reach the recommended daily requirements.
Research shows that supplements improve health by supplying certain nutrients in amounts that are not obtainable from the diet alone.
How do I choose a multivitamin/mineral that is safe and really works?
Look for a company whose multivitamin/mineral goes through extensive quality checks (including testing for pesticides), is 100% guaranteed, is assimilated quickly and bioavailable to the body, contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives and provides the proof of effectiveness through double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical studies.