Compensate for the Deficiencies of the Average American Diet

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Just the basics
of nutrition are a concern to many. I find that some very basic
nutritional supplements help almost everybody.

A good multivitamin
is the first basic. What makes a multivitamin good is the quality
of the contents along with the technology used to encapsulate or
tablet the contents. The better vitamins do not have pharmaceutical
glaze, artificial coloring, several kinds of cellulose, nor do they
contain synthetic vitamins such as synthetic E or dl-alpha tocopherol.
Read your labels.

A good multivitamin
will have the basic pharmaceutical grade A, B, C, D, and E vitamins
in good ratios along with essential trace minerals such as selenium,
iodine, copper, manganese and zinc – all in the most easily assimilated
form. They should be either with or without iron depending on your

A good multivitamin
will not cause nausea or constipation – both of which are signs
of low quality synthetic vitamins and/or unusable forms of the essential
minerals. Another sign of a low quality vitamin is if the first
ingredient is calcium carbonate – this automatically limits
absorption to 10 percent which is actually a blessing because if
it’s that cheap, you don’t need the petroleum based synthetic
vitamins in it.

My favorite
multivitamins are those tailored to specific body needs. For example,
there are vitamins formulated specifically for those with high blood
sugar or insulin resistance. There are multiple vitamins for those
who have low blood sugar. There are multiples for men that address
their specific health issues and multiples specifically for women.
Some of the women’s multivitamins are formulated specifically
to help with issues of menopause. Multiple vitamins are also formulated
for cardiovascular issues, vision health and better hair, skin,
and nails.

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20, 2010

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