Nutrients are Important
The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) recently released a study showing more and more Americans are taking supplements, especially vitamins and minerals. As people become more health conscious and want to take more control of their health. They monitor their nutrient intake and often look to changing their diets, especially to healthier plant-based diets. Increasingly they also realize that supplements can be an easy and effective way to achieve optimum health benefits.
More than three-quarters of Americans consume dietary supplements
According the findings released by the CNR in October of 2017 usage of supplements among adults in the United States hit an all-time high this year. Over 75% of adults in America reporting they consume dietary supplements. This number is up from 53% in 2006 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Why Take a Supplement
One of the top reasons for taking a supplement is to fill nutrient gaps in the diet. The healthy benefits of plant-based diets are well documented. Plant-based diets can present special requirements because these gaps are unique. Vegans and vegetarians have less chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, and they tend to live longer. However, the human body still depends on nutrients that often come from both plant and animal derived foods. Dietary supplements can contain nutrients at or above recommended levels which means they can contribute substantially to total nutrient intake.
How to Address Special Nutrient Requirements for Vegans
Most importantly, any diet should be well balanced and based on wholesome ingredients. You should get adequate amounts of proteins, fruits, and vegetables every day. If you are like most people today you may want consider a multivitamin. There are plenty of generic multivitamins on the market today and many are made with vegan or vegetarian ingredients but only one, OptiVega® Multivitamin & Mineral is specifically formulated to address the unique needs of vegan and vegetarian diets.