Should You Take A Multivitamin?

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should you take a multivitamin, are multivitamins necessary, why take a multi, why take a vitamin, should you take a vitaminOne of our eight healthy steps to Get Cooperized is “Take the right supplements for you.” You might think at first this is because we have a line of nutritional supplements. However, if you know much about Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper and his approach to health, you will realize he reviews multiple studies of relevant science before he gives patients advice.

Dr. Cooper mentions, “If every American ate between five to nine servings of fruit and vegetables a day we would not need additional vitamin supplementation. 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.”

He continues that, “While we can never replace a good diet, I continue to suggest vitamins as insurance for people who don’t follow the recommended daily serving of fruit and vegetables.”

In this article, we examine:

  • the nutritional gaps in the modern American diet
  • how to “insure” your diet against these gaps
  • common claims made in a case against taking a daily multivitamin.

Multivitamin Benefits Vitamin A Vitamin C Vitamin E

The Modern American Diet: How Taking a Multivitamin can help

The key to determining the need for a multivitamin is knowing what amounts of these vitamins are eaten daily.  With this in mind, Governments from Australia and United Kingdom agree with the US recommendation of a range of 1-2 cups of fruits and 2-3 cups of vegetables per day.

The CDC reported in 2015:

  • less than 18% of adults in each state consumed the recommended amount of fruit
  • less than 14% consumed the recommended amount of vegetables.

Adding to this, 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.
  • Also, many sub-populations have even more need for micronutrients, including older adults, pregnant women, African Americans and obese people.

Cooper Complete Original and Cooper Complete Basic One multivitamins both contain 2000 IU of vitamin D3, 200IU 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. Specifically, Dr. Cooper created Cooper Complete with the help of leading physicians and researchers along with the Cooper Institute.

Fruits, Vegetables and Mortality: When to take a Multivitamin

On a broader level, the University College London studied the effects of eating fruits and vegetables related to overall mortality. Consequently, the results showed key differences in rates of mortality based on the number of portions of 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 micronutrient inadequacies.

The Claims Against Taking a Multivitamin

In December 2013, a strongly worded editorial was printed in the Annals of Internal Medicine arguing that supplements do not prevent chronic disease.  They also argued against a multivitamin’s ability to enhance overall wellness.

Researchers from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University (OSU) and three other institutions challenged the claims.

“It’s naïve to ignore the fact that most people have micronutrient inadequacies, and wrong to condemn a daily supplement that could cover nutritional gaps safely and at low cost,” said Balz Frei, professor, and director of the Linus Pauling Institute, and a biochemist in the OSU College of Science.

“There’s strong evidence that a multivitamin/mineral supplement supports normal functioning of the body and helps improve overall health, and may even help lower chronic disease risk,” Frei said. “It’s irresponsible to ignore decades of nutrition research and tell the people of the United States they have no need for a supplement that could be so helpful, and costs as little as $1 a month.

“And if they have a poor diet, people should try to improve that as well,” he said. “The two are not mutually exclusive.”

Dr. Cooper Responds to Critics

In response to the controversial study on whether you should take a multivitamin,  Dr. Cooper states, “in nearly all these studies researchers do not measure the blood level of vitamins to determine whether a person needs a vitamin or not.” In other words, you can’t be certain that supplementation isn’t working before first finding out which nutrients are deficient.

Above all, It is important to talk with your healthcare provider about what is best for you.

Click here to read a response Dr. Cooper made regarding the Annals of Internal Medicine editorial in more detail.

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