Are You Getting Enough Nutrients? Most People are Not, You May be One.
Posted on Sat, 12 Aug 2017
Do you think you are eating a healthy diet? Or perhaps you are not sure?
“The bottom line is that most people are just not getting the nutrients they need these days, even if they believe they eat a healthy diet," says Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, MD and an internationally recognized expert in the fields of integrative medicine, herbal medicine and dietary supplementation. “It is much harder than you think to get the nutrients you need from food alone” said Dr. Low Dog as she explains how difficult it is to get the recommended levels of several nutrients from common foods.
Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients that act in concert, to convert food into energy, repair cellular damage and perform hundreds of functions essential for healthy functioning of our bodies. They help in bone growth, heal wounds, and bolster our immune system, battle infections, and prevent disease. The typical Canadian diet is heavy in nutrient-poor processed foods, refined grains, and added sugars—all linked to inflammation and chronic disease. Even if you eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, you may still fall short of needed nutrients. The requirements on vitamins and minerals change with age, sex, disease and medications which interfere with our body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals.
Despite us “thinking” we are eating healthy, Dr. Low Dog points out research studies show that over 16 million North Americans, are deficient in Vitamin C leaving them open to many chronic diseases. Over 30 million are deficient in Vitamin B6 which leads to depression, fatigue, anxiety and other problems. Almost 67 million had insufficient levels of Vitamin D, “That’s almost three Canadas," Low Dog quipped, “Or more than one Australia!" 18 million were deficient in B12, which plays a role in blood cell formation and neurological function. B vitamins aid in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and protein, as well beta carotenes, zinc, vitamins, C, E and D help support normal immune and reproductive function. Vitamins A, C and E support healthy eyes, and vitamin D supports a healthy immune system, mood, and overall well-being.
The consumption of multi-vitamins, multi-minerals as well as phytochemical supplements, are necessary to promote health. In fact, multi-vitamin/mineral (MVM) supplements, which contain a combination of vitamins and minerals, play a powerful role in filling nutritional deficiencies and “hidden hungers”, which arise when people consume adequate amounts of calories, but inadequate quantities of micronutrients. MVMs can help prevent anemia, neural tube defects, and bone disease. Similarly, by providing active ingredients found in plant materials, phytochemical supplements promote human health through their anti-cancer, antioxidant and cardio-protective properties thereby counteracting the damaging effects of inadequate intake of fruits and vegetables.
Research has shown that intake of MVMs significantly decrease homocysteine levels a marker of cardiovascular disease and cognitive health, reduce inflammatory markers and as well reduce oxidative stress. MVMs are known to improve blood lipid levels by reducing cholesterol and to improve stress and anxiety and modulate the gut microbiome improving gut health and mental health.
KGK Science Inc. in London, offering expert assistance through human clinical trials since 1997, is currently conducting a clinical study to evaluate a multivitamin mineral phytochemicals supplement that addresses nutritional gaps related to micronutrients. KGK’s clinical trials are conducted under the direction of a Medical Director and Principal Investigator. All studies are reviewed by an independent ethics review board, Health Canada and follow Good Clinical Practice. We are currently looking for participants who would be interested in being a part of this exciting new research.
All records relating to your identity and study participation are confidential as required by the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. Each study has its own guidelines – eligibility criteria. To ensure the strongest results, researchers want study participants to be alike in key ways. Examples of eligibility criteria for a treatment trial might be age, gender, and/or your previous medical history.
To participate in KGK Science Inc.’s clinical research on MVMs you must be male or female, between the ages of 40-65, have elevated blood pressure, glucose, or cholesterol levels. Additional information will be determined upon telephone screening. There are no out-of-pocket expenses for you to join this clinical trial, other than your travel expenses to and from the clinic site. Parking at One London Place will be validated, and participants will be compensated up to $600 for their time.