One Multivitamin a Day for Optimal Health
There are some people that are skeptical in regard to taking nutrients – they feel it is a waste of money and that the body receives all the nutrition it needs via our food supply. Although vitamins are not a be-all and end-all to illness and disease, they are still very beneficial to one’s health and quality of life.
Studies show and support the importance of making up for a lack of nutrients in the diet. Our food supply cannot deliver the nutrients like it once did. Conventional growers cannot replace the nutrients we once found so ubiquitous in the soil.
Fruits and vegetables grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today – have you tasted a tomato from the grocery store lately? Cardboard. This is due, in part, to the rapid growth of crops that for one, does not have the time to uptake the nutrients properly and add to that, modern intensive agricultural methods have stripped increasing amounts of nutrients from the soil.
What about food that sits in storage before it gets shipped to the grocery store – this further promotes nutrient loss. The shipping transit time, depending upon where the food originates from, further degrades these fragile nutrients. This food then sits on the grocery store shelves for who knows how long, and it doesn’t stop there…what about how long it sits in your home?
What about processed foods where all nutrients are stripped out? (By the way, the majority of the average American diet is processed food).
Micronutrients, such as those found in a multivitamin, not only protect, reverse and prevent illness and disease, but they keep us alive by directing physiological function. We cannot make them on our own and they need to be supplied via our diet.
What if I told you that taking just one multivitamin daily will help prevent cancer? A new study by the Journal of the American Medical Association was recently published reporting a reduction in the risk of cancer among male physicians. Those who received the multivitamin supplement, their risk from developing any cancer was 8% lower in comparison to those receiving a placebo.
The main reason to take a multivitamin is to prevent nutritional deficiencies, but this very large study shows the use of it in preventing cancer.
Remember that an adequate intake of micronutrients such as: Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Calcium, B Vitamins, Vitamin C and more, are the foundation for health and development – they are one critical driving force of living your life with optimal health.
Supplements should never be a complete and only source of nutrition, however, supplements can significantly impact your health. Consider supplementing your diet with at least one multivitamin a day to create a healthier you, now and in your future.
*JAMA, 2012 Oct. 17