Anybody in the scientific community who seriously studies vitamin and mineral nutrition agrees that virtually everyone’s nutrition falls short in meeting even the bare minimum requirements for many nutrients (known as the RDI—Recommended Dietary Intakes).
Trying to get the RDIs of all 26 essential vitamins, minerals, and trace elements (micronutrients) from foods alone is next to impossible, even if you eat a wholesome, balanced diet. Fruits and vegetables are rich in these micronutrients, plus they contain important phytonutrients (carotenoids, polyphenols, essential oils, etc.).
The problem is that hardly anyone eats enough fruits and vegetables. A recent analysis of WHO/FAO data (Murphy et al., Br J Nutr112(6):1004, 2014) shows that this is a world-wide problem: three out of four people on this planet don’t even meet the minimum recommended five daily servings of fruits and vegetables! Instead, modern diets are high in refined foods and beverages devoid of micronutrients and full of empty calories.
In the U.S., nine out of ten adults do not meet the RDIs for vitamins D and E, and over half of us don’t meet the RDIs for vitamin A, calcium, and magnesium (Fulgoni, et al., J Nutr141(10):1847-54, 2011). Regardless of what type of diet you follow, you’re unlikely to get enough vitamin D, B12, calcium, iron, and zinc.
Long-term, these nutrient deficiencies cause lack of energy, poor immunity, weak bones, cognitive decline, and a host of other health problems.
Experts agree that you should try to eat a healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables and take a multivitamin/mineral supplement. Now, the real question is which supplement should you take and how should it be formulated?
Are the RDI amounts even sufficient? We know today that for most micronutrients they are not, and that optimum intakes are often higher than the RDIs. But how much higher? And what happens if we get too much?
These questions have kept scientists busy for the last 50 years, and recent research makes it clear that it’s time to rethink again.
We are going to address these questions and more in my upcoming webinar: Are You Nutrient Deficient on Tuesday, February 20th at 5pm PST/ 8pm EST.
If you’re ready to dispel the myths and learn the facts on supplementation, then join me for this enlightening online event!
Space is limited, so reserve your spot now.
While you’ll get the most benefit by attending live, you will receive a replay if you have a conflict for this day and time.