Vitamins that Americans Should Watch Out for
Despite being the richest and fattest country in the world, a large portion of the American population is deficient in certain vitamins and minerals that are necessary to sustain a healthy life. With all the food the average American consumes, you’d think we’d be able to cover our bases on good nutrition, but we do not. For those who have the problem, deficiencies in vitamins and minerals can lead to an endless amount of medical problems in the near and distant future. According to the federal government’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, three-quarters of adults are deficient in vitamin D. A lack of enough vitamin D in the blood has been linked to weak and thinning bones, and scientists believe that without the proper amount of ‘D’ there is some evidence to support that cancer and heart disease is more likely. If so many people are deficient in ‘D’ the assumption may be that it is a rare vitamin. It is not. Fish contain an impressive amount of the vitamin. That fact added with the Omega-3’s fish contain, Americans should be including more fish in their diet. Vitamin D can also be created independently within our bodies. The only ingredient that we need to achieve this is a proper amount of sunshine. It is easy to acquire a sufficient amount of this vitamin—don’t cheat yourself. An extreme lack of Vitamin C in the diet can lead to a disease called scurvy. While most Americans typically do not fall to this level of deficiency, most of us do not get an adequate amount of this vitamin. Vitamin C plays a very important role in keeping our bodies running properly and should not be ignored. Lately ‘C’ has been championed as an antioxidant and immune booster. While these claims are being researched, there are some more important reasons to keep this vitamin in mind. A lack of the proper amount of ‘C’ can lead to many problems such as anemia, bleeding gums, fatigue, irritability, loosened teeth, and pinpoint red skin hemorrhages.
Vitamin C can be found in fruits and vegetables, which also are typically high in fiber as well (another nutrient that most Americans are not getting enough of). A good amount of both are found in most proper diets. It is very difficult to have too much of ‘D’ and ‘C’, so don’t be afraid to supplement your diet with over the counter vitamin sources. Chances are that your body is need of a few other vitamins as well, so multivitamins may be a good idea (just make sure that they have a sufficient amount of actual vitamins in them).