Would you like to be sick less, and if you do catch something, have less sever symptoms and be sick for a shorter time? Seems like a no-brainer right? There is evidence in a recent study that a high quality Multivitamin could be one simple answer.* While its true supplements cannot replace a good diet of whole, natural and fresh unprocessed foods, they can accentuate the nutrient content in the diet, adding additional benefit to those foods.*
Everyone is concerned with being sick. Especially now with COVID-19 the concern over the severity and length of illness is of particular concern. Not only is it bad because of how you feel, but with COVID-19 has the potential to be even life threatening. In addition to these obvious concerns, there are so many other factors to consider. Things like lost time at work, lost time with family, quarantine times influencing every aspect of your interaction with the outside world.
So when there is something simple that can reduce sickness times and severity of illness, it is definitely something worth paying attention to. A study was conducted by the Oregon State University and published back in 2020, by the Linus Pauling Institute, which is a world leader in the clinical study of micronutrients and their unique role in promoting optimal health and preventing and treating disease, although never would we claim the FDA endorses these findings.. Major areas of research of the institute include some of the biggest threats to life in the world, heart disease, cancer, aging and neurodegenerative disease.
The findings this study, published in the Journal of Nutrients track 42 healthy people, ages 55-75 and focus on the immune system indicators affected by the use of a multivitamin vs placebo. These indicators are things like blood levels of known immune building micronutrients, such as Zinc, Vitamin D, and Vitamin C.
“The observed illness differences were striking,” said author Adrian Gombart, a professor of biochemistry and biophysics in the OSU College of Science and a principal investigator at the Linus Pauling Institute. He continued “While the study was limited to self-reported illness data and we did not design the study to answer this question, the observed differences suggest that additional larger studies designed for these outcomes are warranted – and, frankly, overdue.”
Since age is a factor in diminished concentrations of micronutrients, this is likely responsible for the increased susceptibility to disease, and severity of symptoms. In the United States, Canada and Europe, research consistently suggests more than thirty three percent of older adults are deficient in at least one micronutrient, and it is very often more than just one. Gombart, the researcher mentioned earlier said “That likely contributes to a decline in the immune system, most often characterized by increased levels of inflammation, reduced innate immune function and reduced T-cell function,” Adding “Since multiple nutrients support immune function, older adults often benefit from multivitamin and mineral supplements. These are readily available, inexpensive and generally regarded as safe.”
He continued, “Supplementation was associated with significantly increased circulating levels of zinc and vitamin C, and with illness symptoms that were less severe and shorter lasting,” He continues “This supports findings that stretch back decades, even to the days of Linus Pauling’s work with vitamin C. Our results suggest more and better designed research studies are needed to explore the positive role multivitamin and mineral supplementation might play in bolstering the immune system of older adults.”*
So another reason to consider not just any vitamin, but a high quality and bioavailable source of these essential nutrients. We are here to help. Multiforma™ Multivitamin is a formula of patented active nutrients designed to maximize the absorption and bioavailability of critical nutrients your body needs to build immunity and compensate for the low nutrient content of modern food, and our bodies tendency to be deficient in these nutrients in our modern fast paced world.
James B. Marfleet CNC, LE
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information and our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult with your healthcare practitioner for direction on addition of and the proper use of any supplements in your diet and health regimen.