Building a Strong Foundation to Fight Low Energy
For many healthcare professionals, a multivitamin mineral supplement is considered a foundational recommendation for most patients. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, more than one-third of all Americans take a multivitamin mineral supplement. The Nutrition Business Journal reported in 2015 that consumers spent $5.7 billion on multivitamin mineral supplements.
Why are multivitamin mineral supplements so popular? One reason is that taking a multivitamin mineral supplement can help address micronutrient inadequacies. It’s widely known that micronutrient deficiencies can lead to many health issues, and this can include low energy production and fatigue.
“Fatigue can be like an early warning sign of potentially more severe problems down the road if you don’t recognize and treat the problem causing the fatigue,” says Dr. Anthony Komaroff, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a senior physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Komaroff reminds physicians that all possible explanations for the fatigue should be explored, including nutrient gaps in the diet.
Even patients with a fairly healthy diet still may not be getting all the nutrients they need from food alone and, therefore, may also not have optimal energy production levels. The CDC reports that common nutrient deficiencies include vitamin B6, iron, vitamin D, and vitamin C. Specific nutrient deficiencies linked to fatigue in particular include B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and antioxidant nutrients such as vitamins C, E, and CoQ10.
One way to address energy concerns from a foundational standpoint is to fill potential nutritional gaps in the diet with a high quality multivitamin mineral formula. There are many formulas to choose from to meet the unique and individual needs of each patient. Once the decision is made, patients struggling with low energy will likely appreciate the recommendation.
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