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Doctors Recommend a Multi-Vitamin a Day

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Friday, October 2nd 2009

Researchers have now acknowledged that unless people follow a "super-perfect" diet they are unlikely to obtain sufficient vitamins from their food. However, certain doctors and "dieticians" may not understand the importance of vitamin deficiency and may fail to recommend a multivitamin. Click here to view our most popular multi-vitamin.

In particular, adults over 65 kg taking a multivitamin might be able to avoid hospitalization associated with conditions such as pneumonia and urinary tract infections, in addition to fatal and non-fatal myocardial infarction.

The evidence promoting the multiple benefits of various vitamins is relatively new,Robert Fletcher of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, explained, so doctors may not yet be aware of it. Furthermore, vitamins are considered to be somewhat of an alternative therapy and some doctors have "this prejudice against anything that's not very orthodox," he said. The Journal of the American Medical Association 2002;287;3116

It was also stated that having low levels of folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, neural tube defects, and colon and breast cancers. In addition, low levels of vitamin D contribute to fractures, while low levels of vitamins A, C and E may increase the risk of several chronic diseases.

The Farmers Know

New Zealand farmers have known about nutrient deficiencies for decades and regularly supplement their cattle and sheep with minerals for optimum health.

But dieticians work on the theory that all the nutrients are in your food. The reality in New Zealand is that our soils are deficient of many minerals including selenium, cobalt, chromium, boron and zinc. The dieticians are unable to explain how you can obtain all the minerals you need from the vegetables you eat when they are not in the soil to start with.

The Facts

Fletcher explained that certain people are at higher risk of vitamin deficiency, particularly the elderly. As people age, they also become less able to absorb some vitamins from their diets.

Middle aged adults who take a daily multivitamin with trace minerals may improve immune function, according to a study in Nutrition Research 2002;22;5-11

In addition, the supplement also corrected nutritional deficiencies in people in this age group.

This supplementation offers a safe, cost effective approach to preventing disease in middle-aged to elderly adults which may lead to fewer doctors and hospital visits and a better quality of life.

Researchers now recommend that everybody - regardless of age or health status - take a daily multivitamin.

To help you choose a high quality multivitamin / multimineral consider the following:

Ensure 100% of vitamins plus important minerals. Other ingredients such as green foods help provide energy and build stamina. Digestive enzymes including bromelain, papain, pepsin, lipase and amylase are critical for the absorption of all nutrients.

Radiance Multi-Power is a once a day formula that contains a comprehensive and powerful mix of vitamins, minerals, green foods and digestive enzymes in health promoting quantities.

Reproduced unabridged from Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for Providing Energy:

B Complex
B Max
Bee Pollen
Cell Food
Enzogenol 120mg
Guarana Ginseng 4000
Multi 100
Spirulina Capsules
Super Potency Hi-B-100
Super Multi Plus
Superior Iron
Vitamin B Complex 60's

Related health information can be found here:

Calcium Deficiency
Hair (Thinning)
Multi-Power the energy pack

Related articles can be found here:

Is it really "all in your food"?
Minerals: Critical for well-being
Multis Improve Heart Health

You can view a video here:

Multi-Vitamin Review

If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.

Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.


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