While it’s true that you can get a good amount of your daily vitamin requirements through food, to do so would require a strict diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and low in fat and sugar. And let’s be honest, not many of us are able to get in the daily recommended 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, let alone lay off our favorite treats.
On top of that, some critical vitamins, such as vitamin D, are not abundantly present in foods, making supplementation necessary.
If your diet is less than perfect, taking a multivitamin supplement is one of the most effective ways to ensure you’re getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals your body needs to function at its best.
And, if you have specific health concerns beyond overall health, certain nutrients have been extensively shown to provide positive benefits.
If you’re concerned about…
Vision Health… take lutein and zeaxanthin. In 2013 the results of the second Age-Related Eye Study (AREDS2) were released. The researchers found that taking 10 mg of lutein and 2 mg of zeaxanthin, along with vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc helped support eye health and preserve vision. And, for those study participants who had the lowest intakes of lutein and zeaxanthin in their diet, the positive results on vision health were even better.
Cardiovascular Health… consider adding an omega-3 fish oil supplement, especially if you dislike eating fish. Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce the risk of heart disease. But, you need 1-2 g daily to reap the heart benefits.
Phytosterols can also help, particularly if you’re concerned about cholesterol. Research shows that foods or supplements containing at least 0.65 gram per serving of plant sterol esters, taken twice a day with meals for a daily total intake of at least 1.3 grams, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.
And, meta-analyses of clinical trials found that when phytosterols were consumed at a dose of 2 g per day, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol was reduced 10%.
Bone Health… be sure you’re getting adequate levels of calcium and vitamin D. Calcium is a mineral needed by the body for healthy bones. The body cannot produce calcium, so you need to get it from food or supplementation. The daily recommended amount of calcium is 1,000-1,200 mg depending on your age and gender. Keep in mind that the body can only absorb about 500 mg at a time, so be sure to get your calcium in divided doses.
Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption. It is also needed for bone growth and bone remodeling by osteoblasts and osteoclasts. Without sufficient vitamin D, bones can become thin, brittle, or misshapen. You need at least 800 IU of vitamin D to promote bone health.
This article is written by + Stu Lieberman the writer for Nutri-Health.com, an online High Quality Supplement and Health Store. Assisting people and helping them find quality natural supplements and health products online is what Stu has been doing for over 2 years. Nutri-Health.com carries Digestive Supplements to Probiotics to Joint Health