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British Report Highlights Female Nutrient Needs

It is absolutely amazing to me that in 2010 we still have people in the developed world who are not getting the nourishment they need to sustain peak levels of performance and health. Recently published in the British Nutrition Foundation’s Bulletin, it was shown that women’s diets are lacking in several health optimizing and high impact wellness promoting foods. What nutrients are British women low in? Here is what the authors report:

“UK dietary surveys show that, while some improvements have occurred, intakes of key micronutrients, particularly iron, vitamin D, calcium and folate remain below recommended levels. Women’s diets are also too low in fiber, oily fish and fruits and vegetables.”

The authors go even further and project that with these ongoing deficiencies these can increase the risk of chronic disease or other conditions. “Inadequate calcium and vitamin D intakes reduce bone density, salt and saturated fat increase cardiovascular disease risk, excessive alcohol intakes increase cancer risk, low intakes of long chain n-3 fatty acids may adversely affect fetal development and mental health, while adequate folic acid reduces the risk of birth defects,” they write.

As a physician in private practice since 1992, this is what I would like to emphasize. Taking a multivitamin along with some extra B vitamins, such as a B Complex and a high quality fish oil on a daily basis can help fend off the risk of falling short when it comes to maintaining your body and wellness. It is time for all of us to invest in our bodies, please join me in starting today.

Like I tell my patients, if you don’t take of yourself, no one else can or will.

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