Vitamins and minerals are complex
Biochemical substances that occur naturally in food and are vital for regulating the body’s metabolic functions. But a recent survey – the largest of its kind in the UK – conducted by the Health Supplement Information Service (HSIS) revealed that one in two women is deficient in calcium and many lack B vitamins.
Men, notoriously, have low levels of zinc, magnestium and calcium. ‘Ideally, we’d get a healthy balance from our diet,’ says HSIS nutritionist Dr Pamela Mason. ‘But the nutrient value of much of what we eat is depleted by modern processing and farming methods. Erratic eating habits, stress, drinking or smoking, and simply getting older, also affect our vitamin and minteral intake.’
So what’s the solution? ‘Even taking one or two well-chosen supplements can make a marked difference to your health,’. While the Food Standards Agency warns taking too many supplements, or taking them for too long, can be harmful, many people still find them beneficial as daily and occasional health boosters – see if there are any in this section that might supply what you need.