Wouldn’t it be great if you were able to get all of the essential vitamins and minerals solely from the foods you eat? In reality, how would you really know that are getting the right amounts anyhow? I think that most people have come to the conclusion that that you need help in getting all of the right vitamins and minerals. Chances are good that you’re not even eating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables on a every single day.
Dr. Al Sears MD, is a well-known nutritionist and is board-certified in anti-aging medicine. He spent some time researching popular multi-vitamin products that are available on the market today. In his research he was shocked to discover that some of them either fall short of the recommended amounts or are completely missing key vitamins and minerals altogether. Vitamins and minerals are key building blocks to insurance from disease and cancer. Like a house built on a strong foundation will last longer than one built on a weak one, the same goes for the human body.
Let’s check to see if your brand of multi-vitamins has the same amounts that Dr. Sears recommends to his patients. Vitamin E can help improve your heart health by helping to maintain normal blood pressure. High blood pressure increases your risk to heart related diseases. Dr. Sears recommends a daily dose of 200 iu. Vitamin C is an important vitamin that gives you protection against infections. Most brands don’t have the recommended 500 mg daily allotment. Can you see me now? Beta-Carotene helps to prevent vision loss as you grow older. Dr Sears is recommends 9,000 mcg of this vital daily vitamin. You would need to eat bunches of carrots to get this level of protection. Alpha Lipoic Acid is an antioxidant that can help reduce your risk of clogged arteries. Dr. Sears recommends 50 mg/day. Selenium is a mineral that provides cancer protection. The recommended amount from Dr. Sears is 200 mcg/day. Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) helps both blood formation and brain function. Speaking of brain function. I don’t know if you’ll get smarter, but it may improve your memory, and 40 mg/day can help improve your circulation. Are you familiar with Boron? This is a mineral that has been known to help reduce the inflammation that contributes to pain in the joints and 2 mg per day is ideal. Finally, 40 mg/daily of Vitamin B6 can help protect your immune system.
It is important to understand that all nutrients have recommended daily dosages and it is a bad idea to take too much. In some cases, overdosing on vitamins can be detrimental to your health. Also, most people don’t need to take iron supplements unless they have an iron deficiency. When taken properly and at the optimum amounts, vitamins and nutritional supplements can give your body a strong foundation that can help protect it against diseases, infections and may help to reduce the normal deterioration process of aging.