You probably already know that a healthy diet, complete with essential vitamins and minerals is vital to living a long and healthy life. What you may not know is that the global vitamin and supplement market is a $68 billion industry and every day, new vitamin products hit the market, some of which can actually be harmful to your body if not taken correctly. So which vitamins are important to your body and what do they do? What are the recommended levels of each vitamin your body needs?
There are 13 essential vitamins that are necessary for the body to function properly and without them we are a target for diseases and debilitating illness. Today, vitamin deficiency is a national epidemic. About 90% of Americans have a potassium deficiency, 80% don’t get enough vitamin E, 70% need more calcium, and the list goes on and on.
I like the graphic below because it shows how much of these nutrients we need and where in our food we can get them. HOW you get these vitamins into your body is also a vital part of the conversation. Manufacturers are expected to guarantee the identity, purity, strength, and composition of Multivitamins, but you should be aware that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does NOT analyze the content of these dietary supplements. Companies are expected to adhere to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for dietary supplements, which is a set of requirements and expectations by which they must be manufactured, prepared, and stored to ensure quality. But, many do not. Also, many vitamin manufacturers outside of the United States aren’t required to adhere to the same standards, and end up reselling their products on the US market, which are often repackaged.
Some multivitamins contain levels of certain vitamins and minerals that are substantially higher than the RDA (recommended daily allowance) and even, in some cases, can exceed the tolerable upper intake level. Many multivitamins contain inferior quality.
I strongly discourage people from taking isolated vitamins and nutrients which can lead to toxicity, and many studies show that they do not work. I know there is controversy over this, because people do not take time to educate themselves, so they just believe all the hype. I also strongly recommend getting your nutrition from whole foods.
Juice Plus+, a safe proven alternative to multivitamins is a whole food supplement, which is why I take it and recommend it to others. All the nutrients that we get from fruits and veggies we get when we take Juice Plus+, in addition to concentrated grains, which we do not get from fruits and vegetables. Taking Juice Plus+ doesn’t mean we don’t already eat a balanced diet; it just helps to support it, so that our body gets what we need every day. That makes a lot more sense than trying to figure it out on your own or putting your faith in an unknown vitamin manufacturer.
Vitamin Deficiency and Your Body – An infographic by the team at MedixSelect
Have a balanced Day! ~Maria
About The Author
Maria is the Executive Director and Founder of the Cancer Support and Education Program, and has been owner of Sagewood Wellness Center for 20 years. She is a Certified Neuromuscular Therapist and specializes in the treatment of chronic, severe, or minor pain, as well as injury rehabilitation and prevention. She is Board Certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Before changing course after her first cancer diagnosis at age 27, Maria had earned a Master of Science in Counseling. She subsequently served as Senior Therapist for two hospital-based in-patient chemical dependency programs, as Chief Therapist of an in-patient eating disorders program, and as Program Director for private and hospital-based outpatient chemical dependency programs. She also has a background in training and development, having developed, implemented and managed training and development programs for a major health maintenance organization. Maria’s interest in the field of holistic health and wellness stem from her own healing journey through five cancer diagnoses. She has a strong personal desire to use these experiences as a way to help others heal and experience greater health, joy and balance in their lives. Her passion and life’s calling is to help others not just survive, but thrive in the face of challenges.