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Three Simple Steps to Better Health Step III –

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Take a Multivitamin/Mineral Supplement

In Step I, we discussed the benefits of getting more (organic) fruits and vegetables in your diet. Then we talked about exercise – and showed how walking can contribute to a longer, more enjoyable life.

Today, you’ll discover the important role a multivitamin can play in improving your health. And, to start, let’s talk about what you may be missing… even if you eat “pretty well.”

The Nutritional Holes in America’s Diet

If you don’t get enough iron or zinc, the result is DNA damage and accelerated aging. And according to an article in Molecular Aspects in Medicine, 1 out of every 10 Americans gets less than 50% of the zinc they need every day. Even worse, fully a quarter of menstruating women are 50% short on iron intake as well.1

Up to 20% of us don’t get enough folic acid, vitamins C, E, B6 and B12 and niacin in our diets, too. Research at the University of California actually revealed that shortages of these important nutrients have the same effect on our cells as radiation exposure!2

Dairy products are commonly fortified with vitamin D. And our bodies can manufacture it with exposure to sunlight. Yet an article in The New England Journal of Medicine called vitamin D deficiency – which can cause muscle weakness and bone problems – “common” in both adults and children.3 Even in sunny southern Florida, 40% of the men in a 2005 study were short on this important vitamin.4

With so much food available, how can we fall so far short on nutrition? One reason is that we don’t eat as well as we may think. In fact, nearly 7 out of 10 American adults – and 8 of 10 children – eat less than five servings of vegetables and fruits every day.2

And that’s one good reason to take a multivitamin/mineral supplement. Plus, taking a good natural multivitamin offers plenty of other benefits, too.

Iron-clad Cellular Protection, Fewer Infections and More

In a recent Italian study, simply taking a multivitamin increased the levels of vitamins A, C and E circulating in people’s blood.5 These powerful antioxidant vitamins help protect your cells from the free radicals that cause accelerated aging.

A promising study published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that multivitamin use can reduce infections. When people with blood sugar problems simply added a multivitamin to their diet, they cut the number of infections they experienced in half.6

Multivitamin use even lowered blood pressure and C-reactive protein (CRP) in a group of overweight women.7 CRP is an important indicator of inflammation, and inflammation is linked to heart problems. So taking a good multivitamin may offer important protection for your heart.

Researchers in New Jersey even proved that the benefits of multivitamin use extend to the unborn. When women took a multivitamin during their 1st and 2nd trimesters, their risk of preterm birth and low birth weight were slashed in half.8

The list goes on and on. No wonder Harvard researchers, after surveying the many health problems linked to low vitamin and mineral intake, concluded that every adult should take vitamin supplements.9

Choosing the Right Vitamin/Mineral Supplement

I think of the government’s Daily Values (DV) for vitamins and minerals as mere “survival” numbers. Most studies I’ve seen show that the greatest benefit is available from much higher levels of these nutrients.

Natural sources are also important. For instance, most supermarket vitamins just give you a dose of man-made vitamin C. But Nature usually provides her vitamin C with flavonoids. And research shows that these flavonoids are often more effective antioxidants than vitamin C itself.10

It’s also important to get nutrients your body can actually use. This is called “bioavailability.” For example, I recommend taking most minerals in the form of highly absorbable amino acid chelates. That way, your body can make best use of the nutrients you take.

I also recommend taking a product that’s designed for you. Men and women have different nutritional needs. Herbs such as saw palmetto and pumpkin seed, for instance, support men’s reproductive health.

In wrapping up my series, Simple Steps to Better Health, just by adding a daily multivitamin, eating organic produce and walking are the simplest steps you can take in achieving optimal health. And most importantly taking control of your own health.

Dr. Kenneth Woliner,
Best Life Herbals
www.bestlifeherbals.com
 

Editor’s Note – When it comes to Multi-Vitamins… there is one thing that is certain… not all of these health boosters are created equal. Most multi-vitamins don’t give you everything to perform at your very best… they tend to leave out the little things that can have a huge effect on the way you feel… especially for men. That’s why Best Life Herbals has created the most complete male multi-vitamin on the market… but they did it with only the most potent and effective ingredients money can buy. You can find out more about this breakthrough formula HERE!

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1 Ames B, et al. Mineral and vitamin deficiencies can accelerate the mitochondrial decay of aging. Molecular Aspects of Medicine; Volume 26, Issues 4-5, August-October 2005, Pages 363-378.
2 Bruce N. Ames. DNA damage from micronutrient deficiencies is likely to be a major cause of cancer. Mutation Research/Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis; Volume 475, Issues 1-2, 18 April 2001, Pages 7-20.
3 Michael F. Holick. Vitamin D Deficiency. NEMJ; Volume 357:266-281, July 19, 2007            , Number 3.
4 Levis S, et al. Vitamin D Deficiency and Seasonal Variation in an Adult South Florida Population. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism Vol. 90, No. 3 1557-1562.
5 Maraini G, et al. Effects of multivitamin/mineral supplementation on plasma levels of nutrients. Report No. 4 of the Italian-American clinical trial of nutritional supplements and age-related cataract. Ann Ist Super Sanita. 2009;45(2):119-27.
6 Barringer T, et al. Effect of a Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement on Infection and Quality of Life. Annals of Internal Medicine; Volume 138, Issue 5, 4 March 2003, Pages 365-371.
7 Wang C, t 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.
8 Scholl T, et al. Use of Multivitamin/Mineral Prenatal Supplements: Influence on the Outcome of Pregnancy. American Journal of Epidemiology Vol. 146, No. 2: 134-141.
9 Robert H. Fletcher and Kathleen M. Fairfield. Vitamins for Chronic Disease Prevention in Adults – Clinical Applications. JAMA. 2002;287:3127-3129.
10 Noroozi M, et al. Effects of flavonoids and vitamin C on oxidative DNA damage to human lymphocytes1–3. Am J Clin Nutr 1998;67:1210–8.
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