Should you take a daily multivitamin?

A daily multivitamin capsule is sometimes considered an optional extra – but recent research on UK women (and men will probably be no better off) suggests that they are at serious health risks from low nutrient intake.

They found that a significant proportion of UK women of all ages have “disturbingly low” levels of folate and vitamin D intakes.  They also had levels below the Lower Reference Intake (that’s the absolute bare minimum required to keep standing) for:

 

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B2
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Iodine
  • Selenium
  • Zinc

Why should you care?

In July and August there were more deaths from pneumonia and flu than from COVID-19 in the UK – in the summer.  This should tell us something about our immune system and the health of our bodies in general.  Food isn’t just an enjoyable taste/texture in the mouth – it’s providing the necessary fuel and nutrients for our survival.  Nutrient deficiencies can result in serious health problems:

  • more than two-thirds of women are overweight or obese
  • 7% of women have diabetes
  • 69% of women age 45-54 have raised cholesterol
  • 22% of women aged 17-19 suffer poor mental health
  • 22% of women have osteoporosis, brittle bone disease
  • 618,576 women have dementia

As we’ve moved further away from a natural, wholefood diet a nutrition gap has developed between what we’re eating and what our bodies need.  That’s what a daily multivitamin is designed to fill.  Even if you are on a wholefood, healthy diet the depletion of nutrients in our soils mean that these are also depleted in our foods, including organic.

Now think about how medications also deplete nutrients in the body, whether for the health conditions stated above, oral contraceptives, HRT, etc. you’re looking at even more of a nutrient gap.

If you’d like to book an appointment to discuss your health with me, please don’t hesitate to contact me.