1. Most Women Don’t Get Enough Nutrients
Every few years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducts the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to learn more about the nutritional habits of United States citizens. One of the most recent NHANES surveys found that Americans are significantly deficient in practically every essential vitamin and mineral. A study by Oregon State University lays out the statistics clear as day:
“94.3% of the US population do not meet the daily requirement for vitamin D, 88.5% for vitamin E, 52.2% for magnesium, 44.1% for calcium, 43.0% for vitamin A, and 38.9% for vitamin C. For the nutrients in which a requirement has not been set, 100% of the population had intakes lower than the AI for potassium, 91.7% for choline, and 66.9% for vitamin K. The prevalence of inadequacies was low for all of the B vitamins and several minerals, including copper, iron, phosphorus, selenium, sodium, and zinc. Moreover, more than 97% of the population had excessive intakes of sodium, defined as daily intakes greater than the age-specific UL.”
These results are from 2007-2010, and more recent NHANES surveys have shown some dietary improvements in American adults. However, these statistics clearly show that even the most health-conscious individuals probably have serious vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
THE TAKEAWAY: Buck the trend and take supplements to be one of the healthiest people in the country.