Nutritional Supplements Library
Multivitamin tablet (Daily)
We know 24 reasons why you should take multi vitamin tablet in 21 st century.
• POOR DIGESTION: Even when your food intake is good, inefficient digestion can limit your body's uptake of vitamins. Some causes of inefficient digestion are not chewing well enough and eating to fast. Both of these can result in a larger then normal food particle size. Too large will not allow complete action of the digestive enzymes. Many people with dentures are unable to chew as efficiently as those with original teeth. Besides causes related to inefficient chewing there can be causes all along the digestive or alimentary tract that can lead to poor digestion. In other words ineffective absorption of the nutrients in the foods consumed can occur anywhere from the mouth right down to the rectum.
• HOT COFFEE, TEA AND SPICES: Habitual drinking of liquids that are either too hot or contain an excess of irritants like coffee, tea, pickles and spices can cause inflammation of the digestive linings. This can result in a drop in the secretion of digestive fluids and a poorer extraction of vitamins and minerals from food.
• ALCOHOL: Drinking too much alcohol can damage the liver and the pancreas which are vital to digestion and metabolism. It can also damage the lining of the intestinal tract and adversely affect the absorption of nutrients. And this can lead to sub-clinical malnutrition. In other words malnutrition is present but is not necessarily evident clinicaly. Regular usage of alcohol increases the body's need for B-complex vitamins particularly thiamine, niacin, pyridoxine, folic acid and vitamins b-12, A and C as well as the minerals zinc, magnesium and calcium. Alcohol affects availabilty, absorption, and metabolism of nutrients. It stimulates the kidney's to excrete more fluid then you take in. this can create a relative state of dehydration that is dangerous for someone who has a high tendency to sweat.
• SMOKING: Smoking to much tobacco is also an irritant to the digestive tract and increases the metabolic requirements of vitamin C in particular. All else being equal, vitamin C requirements increase by at least 30mg per cigarette over and above the typical requirements of a non-smoker. Vitamin C, which normally present in foods such as cabbage, onions, oranges, and grape fruits oxidizes rapidly once these fruits are cut, juiced, cooked, or stored in direct light or near heat. Vitamin C is important to the immune function.
• LAXATIVES: An overuse of laxatives can result in poor absorption of vitamins and minerals, such as the soluble vitamins A, E and K and minerals such as potassium, sodium and magnesium from food by hastening the intestinal transit time.
• FAD DIETS: Discarding whole groups of foods can cause a serious lack in vitamins. The popular low fat diets if taken to an extreme can lead to a deficiency in vitamins a, d and e. vegetarian diets which exclude meat and other nutrient sources must be very skillfully planned in order to avoid a vitamin b-12 deficiency which can lead to anemia.
• OVERCOOKING: Lengthy cooking and or reheating meat or vegetables oxidizes and destroys heat susceptible vitamins such as the B-group, C and E. Boiling vegetables removes water-soluble vitamins such as the B-group, C and many other minerals. This has been discussed previously. Light steaming is preferable. Some vitamins such as vitamins b-6 can also be destroyed by microwave radiation.
• FOOD PROCESSiNG: Freezing food containing vitamin e can significantly reduce its !evels once defrosted. Foods containing vitamin e exposed to heat and air can rancid. many common sources of vitamin e such as breads and' oils are highly processed, so that the vitamin e content is significantly reduced or is missing totally which increases the storage life but can lower nutrient levels. Vitamin e is an antioxidant, which defensively inhibits oxidative damage to all the tissues. Other vitamin losses from food processing include vitamin b-i and c.
• CONVENIENCE: A diet dependent on highly refined carbohydrates such as sugar, white flour and white rice place greater demand on additional sources of b-group vitamins to process these carbohydrates. An unbalanced diet contributes to such conditions as irritability, lethargy, and sleep disorders.
• ANTIBIOTICS: Some antibiotics although valuable in fighting of infection are also valuable in fighting off friendly bacteria in the gut, which normally produces B-group vitamins to be absorbed through the intestina walls. Such deficiencies can create a variety if conditions, therefore it is advisable to supplement with B-group vitami.is when on a lengthy course of broad- spectrum antibiotics. In the Ame1can population most people make use of painkillers, antibiotics, anti- inflammatory and tranquiller drugs. To some degree all interfere with the basic metabolic process. Aspirin perhaps the least toxic pain killer speeds up the lo3s through urination of calcium, potassium, the B-vitamins and vitamin C. Long term use of antibiotics causes immune system suppression and can rob the body of potassium, calcium and vitamin b-12.
• FOOD ALLERGIES: In the 3 scientific theories behind the potential healing power of food and food supplements food allergies have already been covered in detail. Still it is important to mention that the omission of whole food groups from the diet, as in the case of individuals ailergic to gluten or lactose can mean the significant loss of nutrients such as thiamine, riboflavin, and calcium. Hence it is necessary tc obtain these by way of supplements.
• CROP NUTRIENT LOSSES: Some agricultural soils are deficient in trace elements. Decades of intensive agriculture can overwork and deplete the soils, unless all the soil nutrients including trace elements are regularly replaced. Food crops can be depleted of nutrients due to poor soil management and repeated use. In a U.S. government survey levels of essential minerals in crops were found to have by up to 68% over a four year period in the 1970's.
• ACCIDENTS AND ILLNESSES: Burns lad to a loss of proteins and essential trace nutrients such as vitamins and minerals. Surgery increases the need for zinc. Vitamin e and other nutrients involved in the cellular repair mechanism. The repair of broken bones will be retarded by an inadequate supply of calcium and vitamin c and conversely enhanced by a full dietary supplement supply. The challenge of infection places high demand on the nutritional resources of zinc, magnesium, and vitamins b-5 and b-6. • STRESS: Chemical, physical and emotional stress can increase the body's requirements for vitamins b-2, b-5, b-6 and C. Air pollution increase the requirements for vitamin E. Stress is separate subject that requires increased nutritional considerations. This will be covered in detail in the. section 'Your personal anti-oxidant profile' in Part 3 of this manual. The fact is many of us living in the modem society could be under high stress and not even realize it.
• P.M.S(prementrul syndrome).: P.M.S. requites increased nutritional considerations. Research has demonstrated that up to 60% of women suffering more symptoms of - premenstrual tension, such as headaches, irritability, bloatedness, breast tenderness, lethargy and depression can benefit from supplementation with vitamin b-6 and GLA.
• TEENAGERS: Rapid growth spurts such as in the teenage years particularly in girls, place high demands on the nutritional resources to underwrite the accelerated physical, biochemical and emotional development in this age group. Data from the USA ten state nutritional survey in 1968-70 covering a total of 24000 families and 86000 individuals showed that between 30-50% of adolescents aged between 12-16 had dietary intakes below 2/3rds of the RDA for vitamin a, c, calcium and iron.
• PREGNANT WOMEN: Pregnancy creates higher then average demands for the nutrients to ensure healthy growth of the baby and comfortable confinement for the mother. The nutrients which require increase during pregnancy are the b-group vitamins, a , d, e and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and phosphorous. The usa ten state nutrition survey in 1968-70 showed as many as 80% of the pregnant women surveyed had dietary intakes below 2/3rds of rda's. Professional assessment of nutrient requirements during pregnancy should be sought. -
• ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES: Oral contraceptives can decrease absorption of folic acid and increase the need for vitamin b-6 and possibly vitamin C, zinc and riboflavin.
• LIGHT EATERS: Some people eat very sparingly even without weight reduction goals. U.S. dietary surveys have shown that an average woman maintains her weight on 800 calories per day at which level her diet is likely to be low in thiamine, calcium and iron.
• THE ELDERLY: The elderly generally have a low intake of vitamins and minerals particularly iron, calcium and zinc. Folic acid deficiency is often found in conjunction with vitamin c deficiency. Fiber intake is often low. Riboflavin and pyridoxine deficiencies have also been observed. Possible - causes include impaired sense of taste and smell, reduced secretion of digestive enzymes, chronic disease, and maybe physical impairment.
• LACK OF SUNLIGHT: Invalids, shift workers and people with minimal exposure to sunlight can suffer from insufficient amounts of vitamin D, which is required for calcium metabolism, without which rickets and osteoporosis have been observed. Ultraviolet light is the stimulus to vitamin d formation in the skin. It is blocked by cloud, fog, smoke, ordinary window glass, curtains and clothing. The maximum RDA for vitamin D is 400 lU.
• BlO-INDIVIDUALITY: Wide fluctuations in the individual nutrient requirements from the official recommended average vitamin and mineral intakes are common; particularly for those in high physical demand vocations such athletes and manual labor, taking into account body weight and physical type. Protein intake influences the need for vitamin B-6 and B-1 and is linked to caloric intake.
• LOW BODY RESERVES: Although the body is able to tore reserves of certain vitamins such as a and E. Canadian autopsy data ahs shown that up to 30% of the population has reserves of vitamin as so low as to be judged "at risk". Vitamin a is important to healthy skin and mucous membrane including the sinus and the lungs and the eyesight.
• ATHLETES: Athletes consume much more food and experience considerable stress. These factors affect their needs for B-group vitamins, vitamin C, and iron in particular. Australian Olympic athletes and a-grade football players for