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Vitamins and minerals play essential roles as coenzymes, which are responsible for activating enzymes. Coenzymes can be likened to keys that start the ignition for every metabolic process in the body.
Vitamins and minerals play vital roles in the structural components of the body and require proper growth maintenance and repair of tissues.
Cell damage caused by free radicals is believed to play a central role in the aging process and in disease progression. Vitamin c, vitamin E, beta-carotene are among the most widely studied dietary antioxidants and play an important role in free radical protection. Alpha-carotene, cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, lutein, and lycopene, are now also recognized as having powerful antioxidant properties.
During the state of marginal deficiency we are not functioning optimally and our quality of life is compromised; we have greater susceptibility to colds and infections; our mental functions may be reduced and our personality and emotions can be affected. Long-term nutrient deficiencies may be associated with the development with degenerative diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer. Proper nutrition is especially important during pregnancy to meet the nutritional demands of the fetus and the mother. Increased quantities of calcium, iron, vitamins A, C, D. and the B vitamins are needed to meet these demands.
EATING A BALANCED DIET
The tendency to refine whole grains and carbohydrate sources, and methods of food preparation that overcook or leach the vitamins from foods are some of the factors responsible for vitamin deficiency in the United States. Many factors such as soil nutrients, use of chemical fertilizers, harvesting times, or poor harvest differences in handling, can impact the nutrient levels in food. Many of us do not receive even the RDA levels of all essential nutrients from the food we eat. The total diet study from the intakes of calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and copper are, on average, less than 80% of the RDA or below the low end of the Estimated Safe and Adequate Daily Dietary Intake range. (Hanes-11) showed that only 9% of US residents eat 5 daily servings of fruits and vegetables and up to 50% of the population was below the RDA level for some vitamins and minerals, especially calcium, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
Environmental and lifestyle stressors and other physiological factors can increase the need for essential nutrients beyond what may be supplied by a balanced diet.
The previous data provides strong justification for augmenting the diet with at least a broad spectrum multiple vitamin / mineral supplement to help ensure that each individuals nutrient requirements are met.
*Broad Spectrum Antioxident Support With Mixed Carotenoids
Recent research suggests that a diverse selection of antioxidants functions synergistically and offers better protection against free radicals that do excessive amounts of single antioxidants. Going one step further, it has been suggested that under certain conditions an excess of one type of antioxidant, in the absence of balance with the others, may actually inhibit the protective effects of antioxidants. Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables and choose a multiple vitamin and mineral supplement that provides a broad-spectrum antioxidant profile, rather than beta-carotene alone.
*The Importance of digestibility and Purity
It is important that a supplement be designed to breakdown, or disintegrates within 30 minutes in the stomach allowing for quick and more thorough absorption of nutrients. A multivitamin should also be free of common allergens including yeast, soy, milk, egg, wheat, corn, artificial coloring, etc.
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