Secret of Getting Enough Vitamins and Minerals

The Secret to Getting Enough Vitamins and Minerals

The secret to getting sufficient vitamins and minerals in your diet if you’re over 50 years old is to take supplements.

That’s the easy answer because it’s well known that no matter how well you eat, how well balanced your diet, how good you are at doing everything you’re suppose to do to keep a balanced and healthy lifestyle:

#1: As you get older your body just doesn’t work the way it did 30 years ago and you just don’t absorb the vitamins and minerals that you need.

#2. The argument continues that the value of the nutritional ingredients in our foods keeps lessening because of food processing, farming and harvesting techniques, plus the harmful effects of pesticides and fertilizing.  (I suspect this holds true even with organic farming to some extent – especially when food is harvested for transportation.)

How much supplementation do you need?

I don’t have a definitive answer for this question.

Some say take a multi-vitamin that meets all the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance requirements) to be sure you get a bit of everything.  I don’t agree with that answer. Although the RDA was recently revised (the original was published 55 years ago) to increase the amounts of most vitamins and minerals, the clinical research shows that to be effective usually requires a larger dosage of any one vitamin and mineral.

Some would say taking a multi is better than nothing while I’m thinking that because a multi may not do anything for me, I’m not going to throw away my money.  My solution to the question of how much? is to concentrate on specific vitamins and minerals in the right amounts for me.

My primary reason for concentrating on specifics is I’m a big believer that one size doesn’t fit all and if 300 International Units (IU) of vitamin D work for you, I may need 600 IU because I live in Michigan. My body works different than yours.  I may be more arthritic than you and require greater doses of X and Y vitamins and you may be more prone to upper respiratory infections and require more Q & R minerals.

The other reason is that not all brands of vitamins and minerals are created equal.  Some absorb more readily than others so that how much you take often relates to the absorption rate.  (Maybe we’ll get into that later; that is unless you have something you’d like to tell us about this topic.)

As a result I take several capsules and tablets two and three times and it works for me.  I say works because it does involve more effort on my part. But that’s okay because I’m the captain of my ship and I’m doing my best to keep this ship in the water.

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