For many people, consuming 100% of essential nutrients through raw and cooked foods is difficult if not impossible to achieve, with the demands of work, family, and chronically overbooked schedules. Just sitting down to an unhurried meal can be a challenge; making that meal a nutritious one without reliance on packaged and processed foods can seem impossible. That’s why carefully reading food labels is critical. It is also why most of us could benefit from dietary supplements in a basic multivitamin or supplemented foods.
- Multivitamins. Review the nutrition facts label of your vitamin and mineral supplement. Many multivitamins contain more than 100% of the daily recommended value of must nutrients. Look for one that contains NO MORE than 100% of the daily recommended values. Be sure your supplement contains folic acid, selenium and vitamin D.
- Calcium. Be sure to meet calcium requirements on a daily basis. For calcium, recommended daily amounts vary by age: 1,000 mg/day for people ages 19 to 50, and 1,200 mg/day for people over 50 years. Dairy products are excellent sources of calcium, as are some leafy and green vegetables.