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Cooper Complete supplements help meet vitamin deficiencies

While Americans may eat more often and indulge in larger portions than any other country, the American diet can also leave large nutritional gaps. According to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, experts pinpointed several common vitamin deficiencies in your diet, including iron, calcium, vitamin D and vitamin C. With each of these nutrition deficiencies can come an array of symptoms that can be easily addressed with proper nutritional intake through proper diet and supplementation.

Iron

Who: Iron deficiency is the most prevalent deficiency and is often seen in women of childbearing age and in people who have a diet low in iron.

Symptoms: The most common sign of low iron intake is extreme fatigue with other symptoms including dizziness, headache, cold extremities (fingers and toes) and overall weakness. Excessive craving for and chewing of ice may also occur.

Solution: Iron is most easily consumed through lean meats, poultry and seafood. Lentils, beans and other legumes, spinach and fortified cereals are also sources of iron. However, if you find yourself not able to include many of these iron-rich foods, consider supplementing your diet with Cooper Complete® Time Release Iron.

Calcium

Who: Teenagers, older adults or people who follow a vegan regimen or other diets that limit or avoid dairy are the most susceptible to calcium deficiency.

Symptoms: Over the course of time, lack of calcium in one’s diet can lead to weak bones, fractures and even arrhythmia.

Solution: Incorporating dairy products into your diet such as milk, yogurt, cheese and calcium fortified foods such as tofu and other soy products, orange juice and almond and oat milks can help build stronger, healthier bones. Cooper Complete® Calcium Citrate supplement is an ideal solution when diet alone doesn’t provide optimal levels of calcium.

Vitamin D

Who: Breast-fed infants, older adults, people with dark skin, obese individuals or people with Crohn’s or celiac disease are often vitamin D deficient.

Symptoms: Vitamin D deficiency can manifest itself in bone pain, muscle weakness or increased occurrences of infection. If the deficiency is left untreated symptoms may progress, eventually affecting the bone structure.

Solution: Salmon, trout, swordfish, sturgeon, whitefish, mackerel and tuna are rich in vitamin D. Dairy, almond milk, soy milk, rice milk, orange juice and ready-to-eat cereals are often vitamin D fortified. However, even consuming these foods, you still may not reach adequate vitamin D levels through diet, soaking in the sunshine vitamin outdoors or even through most multivitamins. Taking Cooper Complete® Vitamin D3 softgels can aid in supporting strong healthy bones and immune system when taken with a vitamin D rich diet.

Vitamin C

Who: Individuals who struggle to include more fruits and vegetables in their diet are the most at risk for vitamin C deficiency. Individuals with hyperthyroidism or diseases of malabsorption (especially with diarrhea), are iron deficient or who smoke may also be at higher risk of vitamin C deficiency.

Symptoms: This deficiency can present itself through various symptoms such as bleeding gums, bruising easily and slow healing of wounds.

Solution: Incorporating more citrus and fruits into your diet such as oranges, pineapples, lemons and limes, guava, papaya, kiwi and strawberries, along with vegetables including bell peppers, broccoli and potatoes, are dense sources of vitamin C.

The American diet can leave significant nutritional gaps in one’s diet, leaving a trail of physical symptoms. While Cooper Clinic recommends trying to meet your nutritional needs appropriately with food sources first, nutritional supplements can also help bridge the gaps that diet alone cannot. Supplementing a well-balanced diet with a number of the Cooper Complete products including Time Release Iron, Calcium Citrate and Vitamin D3 can help balance and meet your body’s nutrition needs.

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