Preventative Health Supplements: Preventing Illness
Because people rarely get
all of the vitamins and nutrients they need from the foods they eat, taking a
daily multivitamin and/or dietary supplement may be essential to staying
healthy. With the fast-paced nature of modern-day life, taking the time to
prepare nutritious meals is often compromised, forcing many to eat fast food
and make unhealthy food choices.
Other reasons people don't
get the nutrients and vitamins they need include the following:
of us just want to indulge in a delicious treat that we know isn't good
people make bad food choices because they simply can't afford healthier food
options, given that organic foods tend to be more expensive.
people suffer from underlying diseases and/or conditions that prevent our
bodies from being able to properly extract nutrients from foods.
Regardless of the reason,
the fact is that most people don't get enough of the vitamins they need. While
the body can balance out the occasional vitamin deficiency, if vitamin
deficiencies persist for years, people can be at risk of developing serious
Conditions Caused by Vitamin
Here is a list of some of
the common conditions caused by a lack of vitamin intake:
A deficiencies cause nyctalopia (the
inability to see in the dark or at night) and, if left untreated, eye
infections, respiratory tract infections and blindness.
B deficiencies cause
severe inflammation, abdominal pain and, in some cases, seizures. Overtime, a
lack of vitamin B can damage the central nervous system (CNS), causing
hallucinations and dementia.
C deficiencies cause
joint pain, insomnia, nausea and depression.
D deficiencies cause
irritability, and over time softens the bones, making these people more
susceptible to bone breaks.
E deficiencies cause
general swelling, skin lesions and muscle weakness.
K deficiencies make it
difficult for the body to coagulate blood (form a scab) to stop excessive
bleeding. A lack of vitamin K can be extremely serious, causing
hemophilia and possibly death if bleeding isn't stopped.
Keep in mind that the above
list of health complications caused by vitamin deficiencies is by no means
comprehensive. A lack of a number of other nutrients, such as calcium,
phosphorus and selenium, can also cause serious health problems.
Similarly, each individual
reacts differently to vitamin deficiencies, depending on his or her age, race
and overall health. While vitamin deficiencies may cause severe problems in one
person, others can go on for years enduring minor symptoms. However, given enough
time, vitamin deficiencies will eventually cause serious, irreversible damage.
Illness Prevention with
Given the consequences of
vitamin deficiencies, taking a daily multivitamin and taking other dietary
supplements is key to staying healthy and warding off serious health
complications. If you are thinking about starting a vitamin regimen or want to
change your current supplement, be sure to talk to your doctor first.
Your current age, gender,
race and general health status will determine what nutrients and vitamins you
need or don't need to get. For example, while a pre-menopausal woman will need
to up her calcium and vitamin B intake, a man of the same age will need to
increase his vitamin D and vitamin K intake. As a result, the elderly woman
will strengthen her bones and ward off osteoporosis, as the man boosts his
immune system function.
Also, keep in mind that you
will need to inform your doctor if you are currently taking prescription
medication, as he can suggest multivitamins and dietary supplements with
minimal or no side effects.
Wrong Diagnosis (updated
October 9, 2007). Vitamin Deficiencies. Retrieved October 24, 2007, from
the Wrong Diagnosis Web site: http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/v/vitamin/intro.htm...
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