Would it surprise you to learn that many of us do not get the Recommended Daily Al- lowance (RDA) of vitamins and minerals necessary from our foods, even if we are consuming the suggested daily servings of fruits and vegetables? Due to current farm- ing practices, mass food production, pro- cessing, and cooking, our foods are less nutrient dense than they were in previous years. In fact, The U.S. Department of Agri- culture says that it takes seven cups of today’s spinach to equal the nutrition that a single cup provided in 1960.
Vitamins and minerals help maintain cellular efficiency by activating enzyme systems that are essential to cellular function. Phyto- nutrients which are found in various forms of plant life are so im- portant that nutritionists recommend at least 5 to 7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, and suggest even more is better. Sadly, less than one in five Americans get even half of these amounts.
Important reasons for taking a multi-vitamin and mineral formula with phyto-nutrients: •To prevent diseases • To get the Recommended Daily Allowance of nutrients • Nutrient deficiencies in food • Con- sistent nutrient intake • To maintain cellular efficiency • The activa- tion of enzymes essential to cellular function.
It would be ideal if everyone could eat at least 5 to 7 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables a day, which is generally recommended by nutritionists in order to get the optimal daily nutrient intake. How- ever, as mentioned above, modern day food practices account for measurable losses of necessary nutrients.
Can we get all of the vitamins and minerals that we need from our food today? Not necessarily. Significantly reduced concentrations of vitamins and minerals in today’s produce can be attributed to the fact that the majority of the foods we eat today are mass produced and no longer grown on local or community farms. Food processing and refining is also responsible for measurable nutrient losses that in- crease our need to supplement with a daily multiple.
Eating right by making healthy food choices is always best, yet it is not always practical for everyone. Many of us have busy lives that do not leave time for proper meal planning and preparation, which can help insure that our families and ourselves are getting the daily nutri- ents to prevent disease. Therefore, including a high quality multivita- min and mineral formula into our daily regimen, such as the One ’n’ Only and the Life Essence Master Multiple can help us meet our recommended daily intakes of these necessary nutrients.
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