Nutritional News/FAQs

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Why and who needs to supplement with a multiple vitamin and mineral formula??

In today’s fast-paced world, many individuals rely on fast food and a not-so-well-balanced diet.  Therefore, most people do not get the daily recommended allowance of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are required for optimal health and wellness.  Both vitamins and minerals are fundamental in the growth, development, metabolism, maintenance and repair of tissues, coenzyme systems and general ongoing health.

Multivitamin and mineral formulas help to bridge the nutrient gap in daily diets.  So, no matter one’s activity level, dietary habits, age, gender or health status, supplementing the diet with a multivitamin and mineral formula can provide benefits that the whole body can utilize.  In fact, the human body requires a broad range of essential and nonessential nutrients for general health and well-being, each of which has a specific function.  Essential nutrients are ones that the body cannot manufacture and/or are produced in limited amounts; therefore, they must be obtained from the diet.  These include carbohydrates, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and water.

Those that may benefit the most include:

INFANTS:

Shielding baby from sunlight is important to reduce the effects of sun damage but can greatly reduce the natural synthesis of vitamin D. Additionally, depending on mom’s diet and/or formula type, certain nutrient levels may not be reached and a general, low-dose multivitamin and mineral supplement may be prudent.

CHILDREN:

A daily multiple may benefit young tikes with picky eating habits or those who are on a food jag (eating only a few specific foods), and it can relieve parental worries.

WOMEN:

Women in particular may supplement their diet for a variety of reasons, including iron to recover losses during menstruation, calcium and vitamin D for bone health after menopause as well as, vitamins E, C and B (e.g., pyridoxine [B6], cyanocobalamin [B12] and folic acid) for heart health. Additionally, for women juggling work, family and possibly a special diet, a full-spectrum daily multiple may help to bridge the nutritional gaps of daily living.

PREGNANT AND NURSING MOTHERS:

Folic acid reduces the chances of neural tube defects. In fact, particularly during pregnancy, maintaining an adequate diet can be difficult, especially if the expecting mother is experiencing “morning sickness.” Plus, pregnant women during the 2nd and 3rd trimester and nursing mothers need 300 to 600 extra calories a day, respectively.

MEN:

Since men are on the go and typically lack a well-balanced diet, a daily multivitamin and mineral can help bridge the nutritional gap of daily living.  In addition, as men mature, they need to address age-related health issues often associated with the prostate, joints and heart. Therefore, a daily multiple that contains zinc, glucosamine and B-vitamins to support these respective functions can help increase overall quality of health and longevity.

PEOPLE WITH FOOD RESTRICTIONS:

Sometimes there are just certain foods, whether prescribed or self-imposed (e.g., allergens, weight loss, vegetarians/vegans, etc.), that people cannot eat.  Taking a multiple formula specifically targeted to their needs can reduce the chance of a nutritional deficiency.

OVER 50:

Whether it’s due to inadequate stomach acid, lack of mobility, in recovery or ill-fitting dentures, getting appropriate nutrition can be difficult for this age group and a multiple formula specifically designed for seniors, especially with an ideal amount of B-vitamins, can help maintain good health well into their elder years.