Protein is an essential nutrient that helps build and maintain muscle and bone mass.The Institute of Medicine recommends that adults consume 0.8g of protein per kg of body weight per day (1). For example, a 69 kg person should consume 55g of protein per day. Many people fall short of this requirement. Most people typically backload their daily protein intake with a higher intake of protein during late-day meals and consume less in the early (breakfast) and midday meals (2). Studies have shown that starting the day with a protein and nutrient rich breakfast allows us to enjoy both physical and mental energy.
Proactive nutrients from whole grains – rich in lipids and sterols; fruits and vegetables – rich in protective carotenoids, flavonoids and cruciferous phytonutrients; and healthy fats such as those found in fish – omega-3 fatty acids, are the perfect accompaniment to a macronutrient and micronutrient rich breakfast, both for day to day energy and vitality and long term health.
Good Reason to Take A “Multi” Regularly
A good diet is the foundation for better health, but even the most knowledgeable consumers don’t always eat the way they should. A number of studies published over the last few years suggest that the use of multiple vitamin and mineral supplements can help support our health in various ways:
Multi-nutrient supplements help active middle age men and women
This well conducted intervention trial evaluated the effect of multi-nutrient supplements on the measures of inflammation and artery health, physical function, and mood in active middle-aged men and women. Both men and women experienced improvement in perceived energy, and in a marker of inflammation. The authors concluded that multi-nutrient supplementation may help middle-aged individuals maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.
Multivitamins may uplift spirits in older individuals
A daily multi could improve the mental health of elderly patients, according to a study from the University of Sheffield. Researchers recruited 225 hospitalised patients and randomly assigned them to receive a normal hospital diet, plus a multi or placebo for 6-week period. The team found that those receiving the multi had significantly better spirits compared to those assigned a placebo, and this benefit was seen regardless of the initial level of depression – ranging from no depression to severe.
Not only is solid nutrition an investment in long-term health, it also pays daily dividends by fuelling physical activity and supporting vitality. Keep in mind, too, that interactions among nutrients are many and varied, emphasising the need to consume a diverse array of foods.
|TIP: Pair Your “Multi” with Fish Oil
Taking a vitamin D-containing ‘multi’ such as Formula IV/IV Plus along with Salmon Oil Plus at breakfast or meal time may help your body absorb fat soluble nutrients as well as super-healthy omega-3 fats!
(1) Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, The National Academies Dietary reference intakes for energy, carbohydrate, fiber, fat, fatty acids, cholesterol, protein and amino acids. J Am Diet Assoc. 2002 Nov;102(11):1621-30.
(2) Wright JD, Wang CY. Trends in intake of energy and macronutrients in adults from 1999-2000 through 2007-2008. NCHS data brief, no 49. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics; 2010.