What Vitamins Should I Take?
What Vitamins Should I Take?You’ve probably heard contrary information about taking a multivitamin: some people swear by them, others say it is useless. Even doctors provide differing opinions about whether or not multivitamins do any good. Yet a myriad of health problems have been linked to nutritional deficiencies: from mental health issues to weakened immune function, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer. Given all of this data, what vitamins should I take, if any?
The Most Common DeficienciesThe macronutrients (required in large amounts for body function) are protein, fat and carbohydrates. Micronutrients are vitamins--Vitamin A, B, C, calcium, copper, etc. While many people just say, “Eat a balanced diet” or “Eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables” to get all of the nutrition that you need, studies have shown that 75% of Americans do not consume the recommended daily dietary allowances of fruit, and 80% of Americans do not eat the recommended intake of vegetables each day. Keep in mind, those recommended quantities are daily minimums and at least ¾ of Americans do not eat them. So chances are, you have at least one vitamin deficiency. However, taking a multivitamin may be a poor approach, because your deficiencies are likely to vary greatly from another person’s. Here are some key recommendations.
Vitamin D DeficiencyVitamin D is the most common deficiency in America, with more than 90% of adults failing to meet the daily recommended dosage. Symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency include:
- Frequent illness
- Back pain, especially chronic lower back pain
- Muscle pain
- Bone density problems or bone loss
- Hair loss
- Hormone issues