Many people believe that they can acquire all the vitamins & minerals they need from a balanced diet, however unless you live somewhere untouched by modern society you are largely mistaken. There is certainly evidence that consuming nutrients from a healthy diet can be more beneficial than relying strictly upon supplements, but even if you’re eating a “healthy” diet, studies have shown that it is nearly impossible in our modern era to get all our nutrients, vitamins and minerals only from food. For example, a recent paper by scientists from the Council for Responsible Nutrition in Washington reports:

“Large portions of the population had total usual intakes below the estimated average requirement for vitamins A (35%), C (31%), D (74%), and E (67%) as well as calcium (39%) and magnesium (46%). Only 0%, 8%, and 33% of the population had total usual intakes of potassium, choline, and vitamin K above the adequate intake when food and multivitamin use was considered. The percentage of the population with total intakes greater than the tolerable upper intake level (UL) was very low for all nutrients…”
“…Conclusions: In large proportions of the population, micronutrient sufficiency is currently not being achieved through food solutions for several essential vitamins and minerals. Use of age- and gender-specific multivitamin supplements may serve as a practical means to increase the micronutrient status in subpopulations of Americans while not increasing intakes above the upper intake level.”

In large part this is due to modern commercial farming practices which strip our precious soil of nutrients, thus leading to foodstuffs that are increasingly yield more nutrient deficiencies. The unfortunate consequent of plants being repeatedly grown on the same land year-after-year, the overused soil loses it’s nutrients faster than they can be replaced. 

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