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By: Allie Might, FMC, INHC, ATT
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If you’re anything like me, my favorite part of my morning growing up was getting my chewable character vitamin. However, as we grew-up, we stopped taking these as they were “just for kids”. Why did we not continue to take something as we grew up? Do we really need a multivitamin as an adult?
WHAT IS MULTIVITAMINS?
I like to think of a multivitamin as the base of our daily supplement regimen. From there, I recommend additional supplements based on an individual’s unique health concerns and goals. Imagine if you will, that you are building a house. Every house starts with a good foundation. A good multivitamin is just that for us…it’s the foundation of our supplements and health. From there, we start to build. In this case, instead of adding rooms and floors, we add the additional supplements we need such as probiotics, omega-3 or even collagen. But the most important is a solid foundation…or a good multivitamin.
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DOES MULTIVITAMINS REALLY MATTER?
Of course it does…and just like anything else, quality matters. Look for naturally sourced ingredients as opposed to all synthetic. Naturally sourced is something that comes from a plant or animal source. For instance, lycopene comes from certain fruits and vegetables. This type of sourcing is better than making lycopene in a lab by combining chemicals. You also want to look for NON-GMO, or non-genetically modifies organisms. These are the true form of a crop, as opposed to genetically modified, the process where a lab creates a crop by splicing different DNA together. Something else to look for is an acronym, cGMP; current Good Manufacturing Practices. This is an FDA certification that can help to ensure the quality of a product through testing; typically used for pharmaceuticals and supplements.
WHY ARE VITAMINS IMPORTANT?
Vitamins are studied all the time so we know how they are used in the body. For instance, B-Vitamins are important for energy, brain health and the development of a fetus; where folic acid is essential for the brain and spinal cord. We’ve all heard how Vitamin C is good for our immune system, but it’s also helpful for healing and promoting the production of collagen. Just think of how many skin care products contain Vitamin C! Finally, let’s not forget about the powerhouse that is Vitamin D. We know how important it is for bones, but having a low Vitamin D level can effect mood and contribute to depression.
ARE MINERALS ESSENTIAL?
Calcium and magnesium aren’t the only essential minerals. Zinc is also needed for the blood, our sense of taste and smell. Deficiencies in it can effect male fertility by lowering testosterone and sperm count. Then there’s Chromium, which not only helps regulate blood sugar, but has also been shown to be effective for issues like heart health, Parkinson’s disease and PCOS.
WHAT IS AN ANTIOXIDANT?
Antioxidants work to protect our cells from free-radical damage and oxidative stress. Without this protection, we become more susceptible to illnesses and diseases. While there are hundreds, if not thousands of different antioxidants, incorporating such common nutrients like vitamins A, C, E, and Lutein can be beneficial to the cells and start giving us the protection we need.
So, it is super important to get the right vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Incorporating a good multivitamin that contains a variety of all these nutrients is a great start to your day and a healthy lifestyle.
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InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
One of the leading causes of blindness throughout the world also happens to be one of the most preventable causes of blindness and that is cataracts. Today I want to talk a little bit about what cataracts are, different nutrients that are beneficial when it comes to targeting this issue and the lifestyle modifications that can make an impact when it comes to eye health.†
How common are cataracts?
In the United States, we see that about 25 million people over the age of 40 years old have been affected by cataracts. With every decade as we get older, the risk of developing this issue starts to go up. There is a strong connection between cataract formation and underlying health conditions, so I want to talk about all of these different factors today.†
When it comes to cataracts, we know that this is a big problem. About half of Americans will have cataracts by the time they reach 75 years old. There seems to be a trend that maybe women are slightly more at risk for this issue than men, but at the end of the day, this doesn’t really matter because you want to be able to target those cataracts.†
The reason why we recognize cataracts as being one of the common causes of blindness worldwide is generally because many people come across these different barriers to getting cataract surgery. That’s why it’s important to be mindful of the lifestyle modifications and nutrients that can help support healthy vision.†
Ways to support your vision
We know that poor nutrition and following the Standard American Diet is a leading cause of this issue because it is driving up glycation. This puts diabetics at a greater risk for developing this problem.†
Conventional treatment for cataracts is surgery and this has been shown time and time again to clean this problem up. The issue is that oftentimes, people are still not doing the right things afterwards in terms of lifestyle modifications and making sure that they are taking in the appropriate nutrients. They have to make sure that they are wearing their sunglasses when they’re out in the sun. They should also have a high intake of omega-3 fatty acids and powerful antioxidants, as well as nutrients that target glycation. Oxidative stress is another driver of this issue, so we should also be thinking about nutrients that target that.†
Let’s look at some nutrients that target glycation and oxidative stress. This includes Vitamin C, alpha-lipoic acid, N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and carnosine. These are all nutrients that we should be automatically thinking about when we hear the words oxidative stress partnered up with glycation. Being able to do our due diligence when it comes to targeting cataracts is something that needs to be expressed more and more.†
In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH discusses cataracts, one of the leading causes of blindness throughout the world. She goes into depth about factors that impact eye health and also recommends specific nutrients to help with this issue.†
- Risk factors for this issue
- Signs and symptoms of cataracts
- Details on nutrients for eye health
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