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Can you get all the nutrients you need from a well-balanced diet ?

This is the greatest lie in nutrition today. Even if you consider that recommended daily allowances (RDAs) enough, over 90 percent of people who think they eat a balanced diet fail to achieve these levels. For example, the TDA for zinc is 15mg and the average intake is 7.6mg. This is, in part, a consequence of today's farming, food processing and storage, which leaves much of our food depleted of nutrients.

If, however, you are after optimum health - that is, feeling great rather than OK and rarely getting sick, as opposed to merely avoiding deficiency diseases such as scurvy (which is what the RDAs are based on) - then think again. Modern life places extra demands on our bodies. Stress, pollution, medications, food additives, food processing - all increase our needs for nutrients. So if you are up for boundless energy, sharp brain function and minimal illness, including reducing your risk of cancer, heart disease and other killers, supplementing a good diet with nutrients is essential. That is why it is recommended that everybody takes at least a high-strength multivitamin every day and an additional 1g of vitamin C.

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