Multivitamin (Multinutrient) Supplement
THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING MULTIVITAMINS
MEMO: We are not getting the Recommended Daily Allowance, (RDA) of vitamins and minerals necessary from our foods. Even when we consume the suggested daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Due to current farming practices, mass food production, processing, and cooking, our foods are less nutrient dense than they were in previous years. In fact, The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that it takes seven cups of today’s spinach to equal the nutrition that a single cup provided in 1960.
Vitamin and mineral supplements were traditionally recommended only in cases of deficiency. Now evidence is accumulating to show that multivitamins may be an important extension of healthy eating and helpful in achieving a level of health beyond what is possible through diet alone.
Vitamins and minerals help maintain cellular efficiency by activating enzyme systems that are essential to cellular function. Phyto-nutrients which are found in various forms of plant life are so important that nutritionists recommend at least 5 to 7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, and suggest even more is better. Sadly, less than one in five Americans get even half of these amounts.
For the human body to complete all the tasks it has in a normal day, it must be given a wide and complex variety of vital nutrients. Becoming deficient in any one of these essential vitamins or minerals causes breakdown of the metabolic pathway that produces optimum efficiency and performance goes down quick. Obviously, this is NOT what you want! Making sure you take a high-potency multivitamin/multi-mineral formula may help ensure the presence of those essential nutrients necessary for thousands of metabolic reactions. Bodybuilders, athletes, and people that lead active lifestyles need even more nutrients than the average non-active person. So if you think that just grabbing the first one you see on the shelf is going to work for you, think again.
The Foundation Of A Good Supplement Program
Multies are not normally advertised to help you increase your bench by x pounds in y days. Since that is the case, people don't think about looking up the best one on Bodybuilding.com to add to their supplement program. People would not buy a table with only two legs. They wouldn't build a house without a good foundation. They shouldn't make a plan for getting in shape without having a multi as the foundation of their supplement program.
Without the multi, I am convinced that the other supplements you take will not be as effective. Not only is the multi the foundation of a great supplement strategy, it should be the first thing you take care of. First thing when you get up in the morning, take your multi. Done. You are now ready to go with whatever it is you have to do for the day. If you are in serious training, then you'll find support for faster recovery by taking your multi as soon as you finish working out.
What Makes Up A Multi?
Now some multies have small differences from others, but for the most part, the multi is comprised of the same individual vitamins and minerals. Even though they are normally packaged together in multies, there are differences between the two.
Vitamins are organic. They are more complex than minerals. All vitamins are required by our bodies for survival. Vitamins control the chemical reactions within the body to convert food into energy and living tissue. They are either water soluble which must be taken daily since they are not stored in the body (Vitamin C and all of the B Vitamins) or fat soluble, which are stored in the body (A, D, E, and K).
Vitamins are vulnerable to heat, light, and chemical agents, so food preparation, processing, and storing it must be appropriate to preserve vitamins so you get the nutritional value out of the meal.
Vitamin Basic Function
A Vision, healthy skin and mucous membranes, bone and tooth growth, immune system health
B complex Important for nerve function, normal vision and skin health, nervous and digestive systems
C Immune system and protects cells
D Absorption and use of calcium
E Powerful antioxidant
K Bones, teeth and cartilage health
Zinc Immune System Health
Minerals are inorganic. They are much simpler in chemical form than vitamins. They are much more stable in food preparation than vitamins also. Minerals are categorized as major/macro - (calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, chloride, magnesium, and sulfur), and trace/micro- (iron, iodine, zinc, chromium, selenium, fluoride, molybdenum, copper, and manganese) minerals.
Major minerals we need in dosages greater than 100 mg a day. The trace minerals we only need "trace" amounts of daily to suffice. Minerals are used to produce necessary hormones. A simpler way to remember this is that all minerals are found on the periodic table.
Mineral Basic Function
Boron Metabolism of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous
Calcium Strong and healthy normal bones
Chromium Insulin Production
Copper- Strengthen connective tissue
Iodine Thyroid Hormone Synthesis
Iron Carries oxygen within protein hemoglobin
Lutein Eye Health
Lycopene Heart Health, Supports Healthy Cholesterol
Magnesium Over 300 biochemical reactions of body
Manganese Co-factor in energy production, activator of many enzymes
Molybdenum Supports normal liver and kidney health
Nickel Healthy skin and bone structure
Potassium Used by Autonomic Nervous System (heart beat, brain function)
Selenium Fights against many health problems
Vanadium Works with Molybdenum
It would be ideal if everyone could eat at least 5 to 7 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables a day, which is generally recommended by nutritionists in order to get the optimal daily nutrient intake. However, as mentioned above, modern day food practices account for measurable losses of necessary nutrients.
We have a solution to this problem.
Foundations Of Life ~ Liquid Multi-Nutrient Formula, provides every vitamin and mineral your body needs, delivering enzymes, metabolic factors, flavones, trace elements, amino acids, antioxidants, and countless co-nutrients and phyto-chemicals. Together, these things create a Multivitamin Supplement like none you’ve ever experienced before. To SUPPORT Good Health is one thing, but to actually BUILD it, is another.