Discovered barely a century ago, vitamins were seen as a revolutionary breakthrough in nutritional science since they provided cures and preventions for some of the world’s most frightening diseases and conditions. Though they seemed miraculous at the time, what vitamin supplements were actually doing was filling a condition-causing nutritional deficiency for when we give our bodies the raw materials it needs to function properly, the body returns to homeostasis, and this is what consuming vitamins outside our regular diet proved.
People decide to take multivitamins and other nutritional supplements for many reasons. Some want to feel healthier and more energetic. Others want to perform better athletically or in their gym workouts. Still others notice some part of system of their body isn’t working quite right and innately perceive that nutrition is key to getting the body working right again. And because it is really challenging to eat enough of all the right foods every day to make sure we get all the nutrients the body needs, taking a good well-balanced daily multivitamin every day can help fill in the blanks and keep your body nourished.
Vitamins help the body grow and work the way it should, and each has a specific function. Some vitamins help us resist infections. Others maintain our nervous system. Certain ones assist the body to derive energy from food and others help our blood clot properly. Once we become deficient in one or more nutrients, the body begins to go out of balance, and left unchecked, can cause a steady progression of other health-compromising conditions or sicknesses.
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There are 13 essential vitamins.* These essential vitamins are A, C, D, E, K, and the B vitamins: thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, B6, B12, and folate (vitamin B9).
Disease is the result of one of two conditions or both: deficiency** or toxicity.
Conditions and diseases caused by nutritional deficiency can be caused by a variety of factors, either any one of these alone or in combination:
poor nutritional intake
chronic or acute health conditions
altered nutrient metabolism.
Nutritional deficiency can impact levels of both macronutrients (a type of food such as fat, protein, or carbohydrate required in large amounts in the diet) and micronutrients (a substance required in trace amounts for the normal growth and development of vital functions) in the body.
Nutritional deficiency can lead to a variety of declining functions in the body such as:
negative changes in energy metabolism
compromised immune function
deteriorating cognitive function
impaired bone formation and/or muscle function
stunted growth and development if the deficiency is present during fetal development and early childhood.
It’s important to keep in mind that when we develop less than healthy and balanced eating habits and routinely ingest nutrients in quantities below the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI), this can lead to a decrease in how much of the nutrient is stored in the body and how much is consequently available for biological functions.
People who may be at greater risk of nutritional deficiency and the conditions or diseases this may cause include those who:
have consistent intakes of nutrients below the established DRI for the nutrient;
experience food insecurity;
endure a short interpregnancy interval;
have recently left their previous country of residence;
suffer from gastrointestinal disease which limits absorption of nutrients (e.g. celiac or Crohn’s disease) or who’ve had a history of gastrointestinal surgery (including gastric bypass).
are impaired by medical conditions that influence nutrient status (i.e. cystic fibrosis, renal disease, genetic disorders);
must take medications known to interact with the absorption or excretion of certain vitamins and minerals;
are involved in substance use disorders;
smoke (these people are more likely to have a vitamin C deficiency because of increased oxidative stress).
It’s been said, most especially by some scientific sources, that most older people can get all the nutrients they need from foods. This really is not so. As you get older, your body actually loses its ability to absorb nutrients.
If you take medications, these will also impair your body’s ability to absorb nutrients so by taking a well-balanced multivitamin every day alongside your meds, you can help safeguard yourself against nutritional fallout. Consuming a good multivitamin daily will help protect your organs, nervous system, and skin. This one simple habit will promote healthy aging and enable you to do more than function. It will enable you to thrive.
In fact, while older people tend to experience a lessened ability to absorb nutrients, this doesn’t mean younger people are in the clear, especially when we consider the state of the typical diet in the U.S. Fast and processed foods can’t possibly provide the array of nutrients the body needs to function optimally whether your body is young or older.
While you might not enjoy eating kale salad or drinking green smoothies, ensuring you take in the nutrients your body requires can truly help you live a quality healthy life. Moreover, the vitamins and nutrients most commonly found in reputable multivitamin supplements will provide you with the specific nutrients that strengthen the immune system.
Plant-based diets are very healthy with one caveat: veganism and certain forms of vegetarianism can put some people at risk of nutrient deficiencies in protein, B12, vitamin D, iron, zinc, calcium and fatty acids EPA and DHA. Most of these nutrients are found in animal products in the highest concentrations, so if you’re a plant-based diet devotée, you’ll want to strongly consider taking an integrity, well-formulated, balanced and natural multivitamin like Modere Adult Vitamin every day. (Please email me for more info. on Modere Axis Optipack.)
*Vitamin A: for immune function, vision, cell growth and cell communication.
Vitamin B6: responsible for more than 100 enzyme reactions in the body and involved in protein metabolism.
Vitamin B12: for red blood cell formation, neurological function, and DNA synthesis.
Vitamin C: involved in collagen and protein synthesis, the proper function of certain neurotransmitters.
Vitamin D: promotes calcium absorption and proper bone formation, cell growth, immune function; anti-inflammatory.
Calcium: for good muscle function, nerve transmission, bone formation.
Folate (vitamin B9): required for RNA and DNA synthesis and for cell division.
Iodine (a component of thyroid hormones): regulates protein synthesis, metabolism, and enzyme activity.
Magnesium; for proper function of more than 300 enzyme reactions, protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood sugar control and blood pressure regulation.
Zinc: necessary for good cell metabolism, enzyme activity, immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing, DNA synthesis and cell division.
**The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that less than 10% to 30% of the U. S. population has nutrient deficiencies varying by age, gender, and/or race and ethnicity. The most common nutrient deficiencies from 2003-2006 in the general U. S. population were vitamin B6, iron, vitamin D, vitamin C, and vitamin B12.
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