Are you getting the nutrients you need?
U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend five servings of fruits and vegetables daily to provide the necessary vitamins and minerals that support a healthy body and minimize disease risk.

Many Americans are too busy to eat a balanced meal, but still expect their bodies to perform, manage stress, and prevent disease – a heavy responsibility for an undernourished body.

Diet is not the sole force behind the national plague of nutrient deficiencies. Other factors include the following:

Some people simply require more of certain nutrients than the general population does. Children and older adults tend to need a bit extra, as do pregnant women. Others with increased nutritional demands include those who diet and those who exercise strenuously.

Then, too, some foods that we eat because we think they're healthful have actually been stripped of their nutrients before they get to our plates. Whole wheat loses 75 percent of its B vitamins, minerals, and fiber when it is milled into flour. Likewise, rice loses most of its vitamins, minerals, and fiber when it's polished to turn it from brown to white. Even the soil that these and other plant-derived foods grow in is often nutrient-depleted.

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Why Supplements Matter

B Vitamins and Cardiovascular Health
A particular group of B vitamins - vitamins B2, B6, B12, and folic acid - are involved in helping the body metabolize homocysteine, which, like cholesterol in higher levels, increases cardiovascular risk factors. In a study of 178 women (ages 60-70 years), one-third were deficient in vitamins B1, B6, and B12, which, in turn, was associated with increased levels of homocysteine.

Antioxidants and Cognitive Function
Intake of antioxidant supplements appears to decrease cognitive health risk factors. Antioxidants commonly found in a multiple vitamin-mineral supplement include vitamin A/beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, and selenium. Higher dietary vitamin E intakes have been associated with improved performance on mental functioning tests, while low levels of selenium have been seen in patients with cognitive deficiencies.

Antioxidants and Eye Health
Intake of vitamins and minerals might also decrease the risk for certain age-related eye deficiencies.

Nutritional Supplementation Decreases Risk of Hospital Readmissions
A new study conducted by researchers at a number of leading research institutions discovered that the use of nutritional supplements in patients 65 or older decreases the probability of a 30-day hospital readmission, thereby reducing healthcare costs. With one in five patients being readmitted to a hospital annually at a cost of $17.5 billion dollars, such a finding has dramatic implications for the positive benefits of nutritional supplementation.

Vitamin D Deficiency in the Elderly
Vitamin D deficiency is common in the general population, but deficiencies can increase with age due to medication intake, absorption issues, and the fact that the elderly are not as likely to spend as much time in the sun, which increases vitamin D levels. A vitamin D deficiency can have adverse effects on bone and muscle strength, immune function, and a greater tendency to fall.

Suboptimal Nutrient Intake is especially Common in Americans over Age 50
The suboptimal intake of several important vitamins is common in the general population, particularly among older Americans. In a study of 4,381 adults ages 51 or older, less than 50 percent received adequate amounts of vitamin E, folic acid, or magnesium from diet alone.

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