Multivitamins: The Foundation for optimal health
Does it ever fry your fish when someone says: “my doctor said multivitamins don’t do anything”?
As a nutritionist, it makes me crazy! Here’s why. These are direct excerpts from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, chapter 2, A Closer Look at Current Intakes and Recommended Shifts:
“Although the majority of Americans consume sufficient amounts of most nutrients, some nutrients are consumed by many individuals in amounts below the Estimated Average Requirement or Adequate Intake levels. These include potassium, dietary fiber, choline, magnesium, calcium, and vitamins A, D, E, and C. Iron also is underconsumed by adolescent girls and women ages 19 to 50 years. Low intakes for most of these nutrients occur within the context of unhealthy overall eating patterns, due to low intakes of the food groups—vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and dairy—that contain these nutrients.”
“Of the underconsumed nutrients, calcium, potassium, dietary fiber, and vitamin D are considered nutrients of public health concern because low intakes are associated with health concerns. For young children, women capable of becoming pregnant, and women who are pregnant, low intake of iron also is of public health concern.”
“With few exceptions, the U.S. population does not meet intake recommendations for any of the vegetable subgroups.”
“Average intake of fruits is below recommendations for almost all age-sex groups.”
“Added sugars account on average for almost 270 calories, or more than 13 percent of calories per day in the U.S. population.”
We know there are additional nutrients that should be added to the “underconsumed list”, let alone, all the nutrients requiring therapeutic repletion and maintenance on a daily basis, like many B-vitamins, zinc, and trace minerals not listed above.
The truth is, almost everyone, even those eating a healthy diet, will likely have some nutrient shortfalls. Multivitamins fill in the gaps in everyone’s daily diet, to provide the necessary foundation for building optimal health and wellness.