In a survey conducted in 2017 by CRN, it showed that 76% of Americans take vitamin supplements for a variety of reasons . . . more energy, healthy heart, fill nutrient gaps, immune health, overall health and wellness and the list goes on.
But can vitamin supplements really help you? The answer is "Yes." In a recent Time magazine article, it talks about how research shows that vitamins may help fight cancer, heart disease and the ravages of aging.
It is scary to think by the year 2020, three out of four deaths will be caused by heart disease, cancer or diabetes, but that is what has been reported by the C.D.C. and W.H.O. The #1 killer in America is heart disease with the #2 killer being cancer as over 40% of Americans will get cancer sometime in their life. Also according to the CDC, over two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese which leads to the 7th leading case of death, Diabetes. It is an alarming fact that over 70% of Americans are on prescription medication for one reason or another, and most doctors aren't programmed in their training to provide healthy, natural ways to reduce your risk of developing one of these health issues, or they have simply given up as their patients are not listening to them anyway.
Let's be honest, it really isn't all the doctor's fault! We know what is good for us, we know what we should be doing and what we should be eating, but most Americans don't take the time to take care of themselves so even if the doctor provided us with ideas to reduce our chances of having heart problems or Diabetes, most of us simply ignore them and continue down the same path until it is necessary for us to start taking medications which starts a whole other journey of health issues as most prescriptions come with their own list of side effects that could harm us!
You've seen the commercials, right? Take a look at the side effects for Lisinopril 5 mg (the generic form of the brand-name drug Zestril) which is prescribed to treat high blood pressure. The side effects I found listed are cough, dizziness, headache, extreme tiredness, nausea, diarrhea, weakness, sneezing, runny nose, low sex drive, or rash. It also warns for those who are Diabetic and take medicine for that issue be aware as Lisinopril can cause your blood sugar levels to drop. WOW! Why wouldn't you want to get on that prescription?!?
The good news is research also shows that making simple small changes in your diet, exercise, and weight management can help reduce the chances of being a statistic! Ideally, of course, it would be best to get all our nutrients from the food that we eat, but realistically for most people it isn't possible as a lot of Americans are not getting the daily recommended amount of vitamins in their diet. Research shows that 92% of Americans are not eating the daily recommended amount of three servings of whole grains, and 88% of Americans don't even eat five servings of fruits and vegetables. The USDA's Dietary Guidelines recommend adults eat anywhere from 5 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables per day depending on age, gender, physical activity, and overall health so we are falling way short. Sadly, the one thing we are getting a lot of is sugar as the average American is consuming more than 150 pounds of sugar a year compared to the less than 10 pounds prior to the 20th century. That is over 12 pounds of sugar a month!
Even for those who really try to get the recommended daily amount of servings of whole grains, fruit and vegetables, and fresh fish, we still fall way short! Vitamin supplements can be the answer to help fill the gap between the nutrients you need in your daily diet and the nutrients you are actually getting.
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