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You try to adhere to a healthy diet, but chances are, you’re not receiving the recommended amount of daily nutrients from your diet alone. In fact, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found only one out of every 10 adults meets the federal fruit or vegetable recommendations.

Can taking a multivitamin make up for diet shortfalls? Our Cooper Clinic physicians discuss why you might need to add a multivitamin to your daily regimen and which multivitamin might be best for your lifestyle.

Why You Should Take A Multivitamin

In general, all dietary supplements are meant to do exactly as their name suggests—supplement a healthy diet. According to the federal government’s 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, “nutritional needs should be met primarily from foods.” Cooper Clinic physicians and registered dietitian nutritionists agree. However, if you’re not receiving recommended nutrients through food, supplements can help.

Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper’s 8 Steps to Get Cooperized™ includes “Take the Right Supplements for You.”

“If every American ate between five to nine servings of fruit and vegetables a day we would not need additional vitamin supplementation,” says Dr. Cooper. “Yet, the average American adult eats 3.1 servings of fruits and vegetables and the average teenager gets 1.6 servings. This leads to levels of vitamins in the blood becoming deficient and supplementation becomes necessary.”

In addition, researchers from an OSU study discovered:

  • 93 percent of adults in the U.S. do not get required levels of vitamins D and E from food,
  • 61 percent do not get enough magnesium and
  • 50 percent do not get enough vitamin A and calcium.

Cooper Complete Original and Cooper Complete Basic One multivitamins both contain 50 mcg (2000 IU) of vitamin D3, 134 mg (200 IU) of vitamin E as well as high levels of vitamins A, B, C, and the mineral magnesium to address these common low vitamin levels and promote optimal health.

Fruits, Vegetables, Vitamins and Mortality

On a broader level, the University College London studied the effects of eating fruits and vegetables related to overall mortality. The results showed key differences in rates of mortality based on the number of portions consumed. Compared to eating one serving a day, the risk of death by any cause is reduced by:

  • 14% by eating one to three portions
  • 29% for three to five portions
  • 36% for five to seven portions
  • 42% for seven or more

Not surprisingly, this report supports the idea of giving the body increased amounts of vitamins and minerals it needs to reduce mortality. Dr. Cooper advocates that supplements do not replace a healthy diet and lifestyle. Instead, taking a daily multivitamin provides a simple and economical way to “bridge the nutritional gap” of nutrient inadequacies.

There’s no miracle pill to take the place of a poor diet, but adding a multivitamin to a generally healthy diet can help address common nutrient deficiencies.

Why Cooper Complete Multivitamins? A Physician’s Advice

You can find supplements at any drug store or online health retailer in the world. So why do Cooper Clinic physicians like Dr. Michael Chapman recommend Cooper Complete vitamins to his patients?

Better Vitamin Levels in Cooper Complete

“If you take one of our Cooper Complete supplement bottles and compare it with an over-the-counter option, you’ll see the contents of our vitamins are more robust,” says Dr. Chapman. “For example, most over-the-counter supplements may have 15 to 20 mcg (600 to 800 IU) of vitamin D. Cooper Complete has 50 mcg (2,000 IU).”

Our customers can rest assured that Cooper Complete multivitamins are physician formulated and scientifically founded. Dr. Kenneth Cooper and his team of researchers regularly review each component of the multivitamin in light of the newest science to make sure it contains the proper amount and proper form for optimal health.

All Cooper Complete multivitamins have 50 mcg (2000 IU) vitamin D. Dr. Cooper and his team have reviewed major scientific journals, as well as their own research findings based on Cooper Clinic patients, and recommend a baseline of 50 mcg (2000 IU) vitamin D daily.

For Dr. Chapman, who has been taking Cooper Complete vitamins for nearly a decade, taking fewer vitamins but gaining more nutrients, such as vitamin D, is what makes Cooper Complete so great.

“I assume everyone is deficient in vitamin D until proven otherwise,” says Dr. Chapman. “In fact, I find most new patients who come to me who aren’t supplementing have a vitamin D range in the 10s or 20s. The optimal range is in the 40s or 50s.”

Dr. Chapman says vitamin D deficiency, which occurs when the range is less than 30, can put people at an increased risk for heart disease, breast, colon and prostate cancer, anxiety, depression and bone loss.

Remember, it’s important to talk with your physician before starting a new supplement regimen. To shop the entire line of Cooper Complete products, visit coopercomplete.com/shop/.

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