Step one in ensuring optimal health begins with adequate intake of dietary sources of vitamins and minerals. Many vitamins and minerals cannot be created by the body and must be replenished through dietary sources, including supplements. The National Family Health Survey, conducted in India in 2006, showed that 60% of women do not consume fruits at least one time per week. And it is estimated that regular dietary intake for men and women is well below the amounts recommended by India’s Centre for Chronic Disease Control (450-500 grams of fresh seasonal leafy green and colorful vegetables and fresh whole fruits per day).
Why mineral levels are declining in the foods we eat
The longer farming has occurred in an area, the more depleted the soil becomes. Growing plants dissolve minerals and raise them to the soil’s surface, where they are easily washed away. In addition, some fertilizers and pesticides bind trace minerals in the soil (which means fewer minerals are absorbed by the fruits and vegetables grown in that soil). As soils become more and more depleted of their mineral content, our reliance on those soils for minerals becomes problematic. The body needs a wide array of minerals, including vital trace minerals, which are difficult to obtain in depleted farming conditions.
Why B vitamin complex is so important
The human body cannot manufacture B vitamins and needs to receive them through diet. Together, the B vitamins support the healthy metabolic function as well as the function of the nervous system, and all the vital organs. In addition, B vitamins support healthy vision and the growth of skin, hair and nails. These vitamins are also vital in turning carbohydrates and fats into energy.
How vitamins help protect against free radicals
Free radicals are the byproduct of many natural bodily processes, including burning energy for food and exercising. Antioxidants, such as vitamin C and vitamin E, are nature’s way of neutralizing the damaging effects of free radicals by “scavenging” the free electron that makes free radicals so unstable. But concentrations of these vital antioxidants diminish with age, making individuals more susceptible to the damage free radicals wreck on the body, including oxidative damage, weakened cell structure, and excessive inflammation.