Think you're getting enough nutrients from the food you eat? Think again. While most Americans think they are getting enough nutrients from the foods they eat, they are actually not getting the recommended amount of vitamins through diet alone. The USDA's Healthy Eating Index reports that 90 percent of American diets score "poor" or "needs improvement" when rated for nutrient intake.
So why is it so important to get the recommended amount of nutrients every day? Vitamins and minerals work together to support health and daily functions of the body. They help convert food into energy, keep cells healthy, and support the immune system. Vitamins and minerals also help your body use the proteins, carbohydrates, and fats in your diet.
Let's face it—getting the vitamins and minerals you need everyday can be difficult and confusing. If you are not sure you are getting the nutrients you need, taking a multivitamin every day can be a smart choice. A growing body of research shows that a daily multivitamin, when added to a well-balanced diet, helps to promote and maintain good health.
Here are some of the major ways that a multivitamins can benefit health:
• Maintain immunity. Poor nutrition is an open invitation to poor health. Research suggests that when people are not getting recommended levels of the vitamins and minerals their bodies need, they may be at greater risk of developing certain health issues. But studies suggest taking a daily multivitamin may support immune function.
• Help maintain a healthy heart. Multivitamins can play an important role in supporting heart health. There is general scientific agreement that elevated blood total and LDL (bad) cholesterol are some of the major risk factors for heart disease. Unfortunately, 105 million Americans have high cholesterol and finding ways to reduce cholesterol can be a daunting task. Along with a healthy diet and lifestyle, look for a multivitamin that contains phytosterols, which can help lower LDL, or bad, cholesterol.*
• Benefit from nutrients with antioxidant power.