A diet that is rich in balanced nutrients which includes fruits, vegetables, protein, fiber, carbohydrates, healthy fat, and whole grains and legumes should be enough to provide most of the nutrients needed for maintaining good health. But not everyone manages to eat healthy food with balanced nutrients every day because of various factors like busy lifestyles, health disorders, malabsorption conditions, illness, poor appetite, and so on.
The ‘lifestyle’ factors involve young to middle-aged adults, especially women with high occupational pressure or the double burden of family and work, for whom time is always in short supply. In this group, the risk for an inadequate micronutrient status is often the result of lifestyle-associated behavior, such as rushed meals, unhealthy food choices, chronic or periodical dieting, and stress-related behavior. Increased requirements may also cause an inadequate vitamin and mineral status; for example, as may occur in pregnancy and lactation, menstruation, menopause, and in patients with a certain illness or underlying diseases. As a result of inadequate micronutrient insufficiency or mild or marginal deficiency may occur where the clinical symptoms progress through several subclinical stages .
Therefore, under such circumstances, supplemental multivitamins come to the rescue, which provide you with the daily recommended dietary allowances of the vitamins and minerals in the right proportion to protect the body from insufficiency or even mild to marginal deficiency of the vitamins.
Vitamins and minerals are of paramount importance to the body’s metabolic process. They play a key role in almost all biological processes in the body. For example, Vitamin B12 is needed to form red blood cells and DNA and therefore is vital to maintain the level of Vitamin B12 in the body. Any insufficiency or deficiency of vitamin b12 will lead to conditions like anemia where there are not enough red blood cells in the body. Without red blood cells, tissues and organs won’t get enough oxygen. Minerals like magnesium support muscle and nerve function, and energy production. Likewise, every vitamin and mineral has its distinctive role to play. Some vitamins work in synergy to aid a biological process.
Not meeting the body’s requirement for Vitamins and Minerals can have a huge impact on health. Women especially require more amounts of micronutrients. Adequate intake of calcium, iron, and folic acid along with other vitamins and minerals is of special importance for women.
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