Multivitamin & mineral supplementation can be very important to health, especially if your diet is not regularly varied and containing predominately whole grain, fruits and vegetables. First, MVM supplementation is just that: a supplement to your best possible food diet. Second, daily MVM intake is designed to be practiced throughout life, starting when your body’s natural development “machinery” can utilize the nutrients involved in putting you together so you may last longer, NOT taken only when you are older or diseased. MVM use is not a cure or prevention to disease brought on by genetics, smoking, weight, lack of exercise or other poor lifestyle choices. MVM use IS part of a healthy lifestyle.
Everyone will miss some nutrient(s) many times throughout life that are important to development and long-term health. Therefore, a MVM formula should be consumed daily just as your mother did when her doctor made her take a prenatal MVM in order to make sure she could pass on all the necessary nutrients she will not be getting from diet alone to your developing body to put you together properly. So keep it going every day. And by the way, most of our country’s top nutrition researchers take a MVM supplement.
Start early in life taking a MVM every day you can, and rest assured you are hedging your bets against chronic disease brought on by imperfect diets. Don’t wait till the “engine is broken” before adding oil. Give it what needs while it’s still working so it keeps running. The most recent study regarding MVM use validates the above: subjects using a daily MVM that had no history of cardiovascular disease (CVD), reduced their risks of CVD by 30-41% compared to non-users and the longer the use the greater the risk reduction. By living a healthy lifestyle including incorporating a daily MVM throughout all stages in life (or at least before disease sets in), we may significantly slow the inevitable decline in body and brain functioning and, to a point, we may end our days in a very “soft landing”: cognitively functional and relatively productive, meaning we would require little to no help participating in life.