The holidays are over, a new year has begun, and if you are like many of us, you are setting new goals to be healthier in 2018. Getting more exercise, eating better, and taking a daily multivitamin are great ways to help achieve your wellness goals.
Ask any doctor, and they will tell you that ideally, we would get all our nutrients from the food that we consume. But unfortunately, the Standard American Diet, or SAD, is seriously lacking in many of the micronutrients essential to our health. According to criteria set by The Institute of Medicine, more than 90% of Americans get less than the estimated average requirement for Vitamin D, E and A from food. And many seniors are unable to fully absorb the necessary amount of B12 from food. Deficiencies in many micronutrients may lead to DNA damage causing or accelerating age-related conditions such as certain types of cancer, heart disease and vision loss.
Some of the most commonly deficient micronutrients and the consequences of those deficiencies are:
Folic Acid is a form of Vitamin B9, similar to B12. Folic Acid helps make red blood cells, aids rapid cell division and growth and enhances brain function. Deficiency in Folic Acid is associated with lower bone density, a higher risk of clinical depression, problems with memory and brain function, and a higher risk of developing allergic diseases.
Lutein may help protect the eye from high energy light waves like UV rays in sunlight. Studies have linked high levels of Lutein to better vision overall, but particularly in dim lighting and when there is a glare.
Magnesium is important to many different body systems and processes. It strengthens bones, boosts the immune system and is vital in the function of heart, muscles and nerves. Deficiency may lead to nausea, fatigue, anxiety and in severe cases irregular heartbeat and seizures.
Vitamin A is a crucial nutrient for vision, immune system and tissue growth. Deficiency may increase the likelihood of fatigue, increased infections, infertility, miscarriage and in severe cases blindness.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that boosts the immune system, helps make collagen and can prevent cell damage. A Vitamin C deficiency is historically known for contributing to Scurvy and may also play a role in fatigue, painful joints and muscles, difficulty fighting infection, nerve issues and thinning of bones.
Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant that protects cells from damage. Deficiency may be related to neurological problems, retinopathy and impaired immune system.
Vitamin D is a necessary hormone for processing calcium but can only be manufactured in the body when exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment in older adults and cancer.
Necessary in the formation of red blood cells, Vitamin B12 deficiency may play a role in fatigue, heart palpitations, nerve problems, vision loss, depression, memory loss and behavioral changes.
There is some conflicting information about the effectiveness of supplements. The challenge with some studies is that researchers are treating nutrients as drugs and study only one nutrient at a time. The problem with this approach is that nutrients work as a team. Broccoli is great for us and can help prevent many diseases, but if all we ate was broccoli, we would get very sick and likely die. Humans need to eat a well rounded diet to stay healthy. Similarly, nutrients work synergistically to maintain the proper balance in our bodies.
This is why multivitamins can be so helpful in filling the gaps in our diets. Recently there has been some promising research conducted on the benefits of multivitamin supplementation. One of the most well-known studies, the Physicians Health Study II, found a statistically significant 8% reduction in cancer risk among physicians taking a multivitamin. Another recent study suggested that women taking a multivitamin for over 15 years had a lower risk of developing colorectal cancer than those who did not. The Women’s Health Initiative conducted a study of 1,200 post-menopausal women and found a significant reduction in overall cancer incidences in participants receiving 1,100 IU of vitamin D with 1,400-1,500mg Calcium.
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