SAN DIEGO, January 13, 2015 — Many Americans are not consuming adequate amounts of proper nutrients to maintain good health.
A study from researchers at the University of Illinois reported that “American people consume much lower amounts of nutrients than are recommended.”
Further, it is believed that many Americans lack basic informaPhoto courtesy of Bradley Stemke/flickrtion and education relative to what constitutes proper nutrition, which includes those who are disabled and/or disadvantaged.
With the healthcare expenditures in the United States at an ever-increasing high, taking responsibility for good health is of paramount importance.
The average diet of most Americans tends to be high in calories, fat, and sugar, which can destroy good nutrients and lead to creating ill-health and increased risks for a variety of diseases.
Adequate vitamin and mineral supplementation, in the form of a daily standard multivitamin, can provide badly needed nutrients which are lacking in most daily diets.
For those with poor nutritional intake, vitamin and mineral supplementation can be critical.
For Americans who do consume adequate daily foods with proper nutritional value, supplementation can enhance basic health.
For those Americans who have disabilities, are disadvantaged, or who are considered normal but are lacking basic nutritional education, the University of Illinois study further concludes that as many as 10 essential nutrients are lacking in their daily diets and that “Physically, mentally and financially (challenged individuals) have different barriers to addressing healthy food.”
Daily supplementation of a standard multivitamin could help fill gaps in nutritional requirements which might otherwise be lacking.
Vitamin supplementation is critical to overall well-being for Americans, potentially ensuring the ability to maintain good health, prevent disease and/or help improve preexisting health conditions.
The Linus Pauling Institute Research Report recommends the following guidelines for what constitutes adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals in a daily multivitamin:
Vitamin A – 5,000 IU
Vitamin C – 60 mg
Vitamin D – 400 IU
Vitamin E – 30 IU
Vitamin K – 80 mcg
Thiamin – 1.5 mg
Riboflavin – 1.7 mg
Niacin – 20 mg
Vitamin B-6 – 2 mg
Folic acid – 400 mcg
Vitamin B-12 – 6 mcg
Biotin – 300 mcg
Panothenic acid – 10 mg
Choline – None established
Calcium – 1,000 mg
Iron – 18 mg
Phosphorus – 1,000 mg
Iodine – 150 mcg
Magnesium – 400 mg
Zinc – 15 mg
Selenium – 70 mcg
Copper – 2 mg
Manganese – 2 mg
Molybdenum – 75 mcg
Chromium – 120 mcg
Potassium – 4,000 mg
It is imperative to seek advice from a medical professional before selecting the right daily standard multivitamin for you.
Individual variables such as medical conditions, prescription drugs, allergies, sex and age could determine the appropriate recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals.
Daily intake of a standard multivitamin supplement may help prevent diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis, cardiovascular, cognitive functioning and more.
A variety of birth defects could be prevented by the administration of a prenatal multivitamin.
Finding a good quality multivitamin for daily supplementation is relatively easy to do.
Selections are readily available at Whole Foods markets, General Nutrition (GNC), the Vitamin Shoppe, and Amazon.com, among other retailers, some of which have online ordering and delivery options. Consulting with a knowledgeable health care professional could also be helpful.
Be certain to pay close attention to the labels on all multivitamin bottles while making a selection, by reading product details, nutritional facts, health notes, screenings for allergies, and ease of swallowing and overall administration.
With the relatively low-cost for purchasing a daily standard multivitamin supplement, the potential exists for long-term benefits.
A daily multivitamin supplement could pay you back in big dividends with the promise of positive health and increased overall wellness.
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!
Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, is a health care provider of over 30 years. As a featured “Communities Digital News” columnist, LifeCycles with Laurie Edwards-Tate emphasizes healthy aging and maintaining independence, while delighting and informing its readers. Laurie is a recognized expert in home and community-based, long-term care services, and is also an educator.
In addition to writing for “Communities Digital News,” Laurie is the President and CEO of her firm, At Your Home Familycare, which serves persons of all ages who are disabled and infirm with a variety of non-medical, in-home care and concierge services.
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