While the best way to get the nutrition your body needs, including vitamins, is to consume a healthy, varied diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, that can be easier said than done. Research has shown that the vast majority of Americans aren’t getting the vitamins they need – with fast foods and processed junk now diet staples.
A lack of proper nutrients can harm well-being in many ways, from fatigue to a weakened immune system, impaired brain functioning, and many other potential negative effects. In turn, that can lead to the need to take pharmaceutical medications to address those health conditions. While Pharma Solutions offers unique formulations that target a wide range of illness and disease, preventing them in the first place by taking quality vitamins is obviously the better bet.
So which vitamins are the most important to take at every age?
Vitamin D is essential for maintaining normal blood levels of phosphorus and calcium, playing a key role in our health. It helps the body absorb calcium, which is important for supporting bone health and it may protect against multiple diseases such as osteoporosis and an increased risk of bone fractures, poor oral health, and high blood pressure. Because many people get limited exposure to sunlight these days, which is necessary for the body to make vitamin D (the reason it’s often called the “sunshine vitamin”), the Cleveland Clinic reports that 42 percent of Americans are deficient. Some populations have even a higher level of deficiency, such as premenopausal women, those over the age of 65, and people who have poor nutrition habits.
As very few foods contain significant amounts of this vitamin and it’s not safe to spend hours in the sun without protection, the best way to get enough is to take a supplement.
Well-known for its role in shortening the duration of a cold, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps the body form and maintain connective tissue, like skin and blood vessels. It helps keep the immune system strong, lowers LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, and plays a part in fighting free radical damage. Studies have shown that taking this vitamin might even provide protection against some cancers while neutralizing the effects of nitrites, which are preservatives found in some processed, packaged foods, known to raise the risk of certain cancers.
One of eight B vitamins, it’s essential to ensure you get enough B12. All of the B vitamins work together like a team to create and sustain our energy supply by breaking down micronutrients we’ve consumed. It has its own unique role too, keeping blood and nerve cells healthy as well as playing an essential role in the creation of DNA. Without enough B12, you might feel weak or tired, have more pale skin, experience infertility, and/or heart palpitations.
Magnesium is a macro-mineral, which, unlike trace minerals, is required in rather large amounts in order for the body to function as it should, yet some estimate just 25 percent of American adults get the recommended daily amount: 400 to 420 milligrams for men, and 310 to 320 milligrams for women. An essential nutrient, it’s important for bone health and energy production while also helping to reduce stress and calm the nervous system. If you’re lacking magnesium and suffer from sleep problems, it may help you enjoy quality rest again.
Anyone under a lot of stress and older people tend to be low in zinc, which is just about everyone. It helps to support the immune system and aids the body in utilizing protein, fat, and carbohydrates for energy. The average American’s diet doesn’t include a lot of foods with zinc and the body can’t store it which is why it’s a good idea to take it as a supplement.