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: Continue reading New Year, New You in 2018