The Need for Nutritional Supplements
by Marjorie Parker

Americans could save up to $8.7 billion on treatment
for heart disease, stroke, cancer and cataracts if they
consumed optimal amounts of antioxidants, Vitamin C,
Vitamin E and Beta Carotene. It is a simple fact that most
people do not gain the vitamins and minerals needed for
health from their diets. A study of 8,000 adults, only 1%
met the minimum dietary requirement of the USDA's food
guide pyramid. Natural supplements are fast becoming the
choice for almost half of the U.S. population as the method
for prevention and treatment for a variety of illnesses.

According to Dr. Allan Magaziner in the Idiot's Guide to
Living Longer & Healthier, the people who are most likely
to need nutritional supplements are: strenuous exercisers;
heavy alcohol drinkers; people who take prescription and
over-the-counter medications, are exposed to environmental
pollution, toxins, heavy metals and pesticides; smokers and
those exposed to secondhand smoke; people with infections
depleting vitamin and mineral stores; people recovering
from trauma, significant stress, burns or surgery; children
and adolescents; pregnant women and chemotherapy patients.

Many natural substances can be used to help prevent a
variety of illnesses including a variety of cancers, heart
disease, stroke, osteoporosis, cataracts, and birth
defects. Proper vitamin and mineral intake strengthens the
immune system for protection against common colds and flus.
There are a variety of vitamin and mineral combinations for
supplementation that can be beneficial to your health. When
addressing a specific concern or illness, you need to
research individual nutrients for their effectiveness in
quantity and with other nutrients. For a multi-vitamin
supplement, Dr. Magaziner suggests that you choose one
containing all B-Complex vitamins, Vitamin C, and D-alpha
Vitamin E.

He also suggests that when taking supplements it is better
to take them with food and a large glass of water.

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