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 Martos is the owner and founder of Sagewood Wellness Center in San Juan Capistrano, CA. As a certified Neuromuscular Therapist, Maria specializes in the treatment of severe, chronic or minor pain, as well as injury rehabilitation and prevention. She holds a certification in Sports Massage providing her with expertise to evaluate and address athletic injuries and to help professional and recreational athletes improve their athletic performance. Maria is Board Certified by the NCBTMB, and provides therapeutic massage sessions for those seeking stress reduction and relief from generalized aches pains, and tension. Maria holds a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, and offers individual Counseling, focusing on Integrative Mind-Body Therapy to help individuals uncover and remove unconscious blocks that limit them from living their best lives. She is also a Reiki Master and Teacher, and has worked in the health care field for over 25 years.