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Do you need vitamin supplements?

Supplement your life

According to the latest survey results, as much as 40% of Americans (adults) have made supplements a regular part of their daily supplemental diet. And when it comes to vitamins in specific, that number is even greater and amounts to 66% - quite astonishing numbers, one must admit. But the big question is to what extent are they actually that vital and life-essential as many are convinced? Due to an ever-increasing life pace, diets and diet related habits of a vast majority of people have suffered great changes, especially in the last decade or so. In words of an average American, this means that s/he consumes just six meals on a weekly basis, in the comfort of his/her home. This is a fact that is certainly concerning, to say the least. Furthermore, no less than 15 million of people are known to disregard lunch and do so on a daily basis, while others do the same with breakfast and dinner, as well.

Since people mostly tend to opt for those unhealthy food varieties, it is no wonder that, once their harm is realized, they tend to take up a specific diet regime in pursuit of achieving the ultimate goal – better health. But what is done by adhering to a certain regime is unintentional cut off of the calories, as well as nutrients. And this is not desirable at all, of course. Numerous research studies have also shown that not even those diet regimes regarded as the most effective and wondrous, relying on the four sacred food groups, yield those most favorable results in terms of nutrients.

Women and vitamins

What has a survey done in 1985 reveled are some quite interesting on the one hand, and also quite bewildering facts in terms of women vitamin-consumption. Namely, women of the time have been discovered to have failed in terms of adhering to the recommended daily amount of calcium, zinc, magnesium, iron, folacin and vitamin B6. Various other research studies have also shown that Americans manage to get only a half of recommended dietary allowances when it comes to the vitamin E intake. Even more concerning is the fact that approximately one third of the entire population in America has an intake of calcium, magnesium, iron and vitamins A and C - 70% lesser than proposed.  

Seniors and vitamin intake

Though many believe that older the person gets, the fewer vitamins he/she needs, this is contradictory to what have the newest research studies reveled. Namely, even the seniors, primarily those in their 60s and above, are in a need of even greater amounts of the vitamin B6 (one third more in comparison to youngsters) in order for their nutrition to be proper. 

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