Would it surprise you to learn that many of us do not get the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of vitamins and minerals necessary from our foods, even if we are consuming 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.
Vitamins and minerals help maintain cellular efficiency by activating enzyme systems that are essential to cellular function. 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.
We must understand the importance of taking a daily multi-vitamin formula in order to help get the nutrients that one may need to prevent certain diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis.
Important reasons for taking a multi-vitamin and mineral formula:
•To prevent diseases
•To get the Recommended Daily Allowance of nutrients
•Nutrient deficiencies in food
•Consistent nutrient intake
•To maintain cellular efficiency
•The activation of enzymes essential to cellular function
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 and most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone.