5 Good Reasons to Take a Daily Multi
1. In a 2002 scientific review, the Harvard School of Medicine recommended,“Pending strong evidence of effectiveness from randomised trials, it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements”.1
2. RDAs are set at levels known to prevent nutrient deficiencies, yet it is questionable whether these levels are high enough to promote optimal health. For example recent medical research has shown that human daily requirements of vitamin D may be up to ten times more than what is currently recommended. Taking a daily multi can help to support these optimal levels.
3. In a study published in the June 2009 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that taking a daily multivitamin & mineral supplement may help to improve biological age.2
4. Research shows that the typical Western diet supplies less than adequate amounts of several vitamins and minerals and nutrition surveys have found that large numbers of people consume too little calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and possible copper and manganese.3,4
5. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that in obese individuals, multivitamin and mineral supplementation could reduce body weight and fat compartments and improve serum lipid profiles, possibly through increased energy expenditure and fat oxidation. In addition, multivitamin and mineral supplementation helped to reduce blood pressure and serum CRP in obese women with increased cardiovascular disease risk.5,6
1. Fletcher RH, Fairfield KM, Vitamins for Chronic Disease Preventions in Adults. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2002; 287: 3127-3129
2. Xu, Parks et al. Multivitamin use and telomere length in women. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. June 2009, Vol 89, Number 6, Pages 1857 – 1863
1. Pao EM, Mickle SJ. Problem nutrients in the United States. Food Technology 1981; 35: 58-79
3. Pennington JA, Young BE, Wilson DB. Nutritional Elements in U.S. diets: results from the Total Diet Study, 1982-1986. J Am Diet Assoc 1989; 89: 659- 64
4. Pennington JA. Intakes of minerals from diets and foods: is there a need for concern? J Nutr 1996; 126 (9Suppl): 2304S-8S
5. Li, Wang et al. Effects of multivitamin and mineral supplementation on adiposity, energy expenditure and lipid profiles in obese Chinese women. International Journal of Obesity advance online publication, 9 February 2010; doi: 10. 1038/ijo.2010.14
6. Li, Wang et al. Effects of supplementation with multivitamin and mineral on blood pressure and C-reactive protein in obese Chinese women with increased cardiovascular disease risk. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2009; 18(1): 121-30
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