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The Evolution of Nutrition Science

EvolutionNutritionScienceJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

In the past, nutrition science focused on diseases of overt nutrient deficiencies. During this time the science focused on single nutrients that could cure or reverse the effects of malnutrition on diseases, such as scurvy or rickets, now largely eradicated in developed countries. Today, public health challenges have shifted away from communicable diseases and explicit nutrient deficiency toward challenging health conditions brought about by an excess of empty calories, sedentary lifestyles and chronic stress. Unhealthy lifestyle choices and nutrient-poor diets have essentially resulted in an overfed, undernourished population, driving the obesity epidemic and diet-related causes of chronic diseases. The seemingly opposing challenges of dietary requirements and obesity are largely a result of diets that are calorie-rich but lacking in essential nutrients, as well as an individual’s ability to absorb and utilize available dietary nutrients.

Nutrients do not function in isolation but work synergistically to benefit and support interrelated fundamental life processes, including metabolism, movement, growth, digestion, reproduction and more. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 has taken the traditional position that nutritional needs should be met primarily though nutrient-dense whole foods. While that is good dietary advice, it has not kept pace with the basic economics of food choices, as the nutritive value of foods is often related to their cost per calorie. It can be argued that food prices are linked to obesity and micronutrient deficiencies. Highly processed, energy dense foods that contain refined grains, added sugars and unhealthy fats are tasty, convenient and perhaps most tellingly, affordable.

High energy density means that there are a lot of calories in a small amount of food. Low energy density means that there are fewer calories in a larger volume of food. Typically phytonutrient-rich whole foods provide more nutrients than calories. Growing research suggests that meal plans that focus on vegetables, whole grains, protein and healthy fats is the healthiest diet for the brain and the body. Supporting evidence shows diets that are low in processed foods support both long and short term health by positively supporting healthy aging, better mobility, weight maintenance, reduced risk of chronic diseases and improved cognitive functioning. A healthy diet helps one to thrive by providing the nutrients that allow the body to function at its best.

The primary goal of healthy nutrition is to maintain optimal health and function and prevent disorders and disability. Changing to a healthier diet requires a change in thought processes as to how we think about food and nutrition. Everything we consume supports either health or disease. Optimal health is a valuable commodity. It is clear that diet is a major determinant of physical and mental health. Although it may seem that healthy food is unaffordable, the impact of chronic disease on long term health is assuredly much more expensive. A balanced and conscious approach to overall nutrition with an emphasis on protein for muscle health, fiber for digestive health and a wide variety of plant foods that provide a family of beneficial phytonutrients makes it easier to make healthier choices.

Eating healthier on a budget:

  • Think in terms of nutrients rather than food groups. Focus on getting foods such as proteins, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and water to improve your diet, as well as your state of health.
  • A balanced meal that contains high fiber whole grains and vegetables supports digestive and immune health and steadier blood sugar, helping to prevent cravings and overeating.
  • Eat the highest quality of food that your budget will allow. When possible, invest in your long-term health by increasing the amount spent on better quality food.
  • Eat a wide variety of real foods sourced from nature. Take advantage of the lowest prices and ensure that you change up your diet every few months by eating seasonal foods.
  • Water is an often overlooked healthy drink. Skip sodas and sugary drinks and consume enough water to stay well hydrated.
  • Eating low calorie, low density foods helps to maintain a healthy body composition. Gaining unwanted pounds is often the result of overconsumption of high density food, as well as inactivity.
  • The recommended daily intake (RDI) is based solely on nutrient sufficiency, not optimal nutrition. As such, dietary guidelines suggest that fortified foods and supplements could be useful in providing selected dietary nutrients not consumed in adequate or optimal amounts.

Professional Supplement Center offers high quality supplements in support of optimal nutrition:

Pro Multi DailyPro Multi Daily by PSC: This high quality, hypoallergenic multivitamin and mineral formula offers activated vitamins and patented chelated minerals for optimal absorption and utilization. Pro Multi Daily provides foundational nutrition, antioxidant protection, stress relief and detoxification support. Free of wheat, gluten, yeast, soy, dairy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and artificial colors, sweeteners and preservatives. Non-GMO formulation. Also available Pro Multi Daily without Copper & Iron.

Twice Daily MultiTwice Daily Multi™ by Designs for Health®: This science-based daily nutritional formula provides optimal amounts of highly bioavailable vitamins and amino acid chelated minerals in support of overall healthy function. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

 

Vitamin C 1000 mgVitamin C 1000 mg by Douglas Laboratories®: Each serving  provides 1,000 mg of high potency buffered vitamin C as ascorbic acid in support of immune, joint and connective tissue health, collagen synthesis, iron absorption and wound healing. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

Vitamin D3 5,000 IUVitamin D3 5000 IU by Pure Encapsulations®: This hypoallergenic formula provides 5,000 IU of highly absorbable vitamin D3 as cholecalciferol in support of calcium balance, cardiovascular and neurocognitive health, immune function, musculoskeletal strength and the maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. Gluten free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

References:
There’s even more evidence that one type of diet is the best for your body and brain. https://www.businessinsider.com/best-diet-body-brain-healthiest-2017-7
Optimal nutrition and the ever-changing dietary landscape: a conference report. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5442251/
Nutritional Science. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/nutritional-science
Scientifically, What Would Be Considered The Perfect Diet? https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2018/02/27/scientifically-what-would-be-considered-the-perfect-diet/#5e168e75640e
How Can I Eat More Nutrient-Dense Foods? https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/nutrition-basics/how-can-i-eat-more-nutrient-dense-foods

Vitamin Synergy and Deficiency

vitamin_synergyJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks
BSN, RN
 

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at least 40% of Americans routinely consume a diet that contains only 60% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of each of ten selected nutrients. This means that nearly half the population suffers from a deficiency of at least one important nutrient, which includes vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. A poll of 37,000 Americans conducted by Food Technology concluded that:

  • 50% were deficient in vitamin B6
  • 42% did not consume enough calcium
  • 39% had insufficient iron intake
  • 25 – 39% did not get enough vitamin C

In addition, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vitamin D deficiency is now recognized not only as an American problem but as a global pandemic as well. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that overall vitamin D deficiency in the U.S. is 42%. The highest deficiency rates were seen in African Americans at 82% and Hispanics at 69%. Aging, medications and medical conditions, menstruation, poor or very strict diets, and heavy alcohol consumption can all contribute to nutrient deficiencies.

To correct a vitamin or mineral deficiency, you must first recognize that nutrients work synergistically. There are more than 45 currently known essential nutrients and all have interactions with other nutrients. This means that there is cooperation or harmony between certain vitamins and minerals that work as catalysts to promote assimilation and absorption of other vitamins and minerals, which in turn promotes health. In other words, you can’t simply replace a single nutrient deficiency without taking a balanced multiple vitamin and mineral formula.

Synergy is fundamental to optimal nutrition because nutrients interact and are dependent upon one another to promote optimal health by regulating body processes, building, repairing and maintaining body tissues and furnishing the fuel necessary for energy production. These functions are all nutrient specific. Since the body doesn’t use substitutes when there are nutrient deficiencies, a balanced diet containing all nutrients is necessary. When nutritionists speak about a healthy diet, they are referring to fresh, live, unprocessed, whole foods in their natural state, which contain hundreds of health promoting nutrients.

Some examples of nutrients that work synergistically include vitamin D, which assists calcium absorption, potassium, which helps the kidneys eliminate excess sodium, B12 and folate, which work together to support cell division and replication, and zinc, which enables the body to use vitamin A. While some nutrients need to be replenished daily and some can be stored by the body for later use, it’s not enough to simply “get a lot” of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. For optimal nutrition you also need to make sure there is balance and biodiversity among the food groups. Many of us eat the same 30 foods routinely and generally cycle through all them in just 4 days. It’s important to have as much diversity within the food groups as possible.

Nutritional supplements can help ensure that dietary needs are not just met but maximized to support good health and lower the risk of developing age related chronic disease. By contrast, RDA guidelines list minimal daily amounts necessary to avoid deficiencies. Taking supplements with a meal (unless recommended otherwise) aids in assimilation, as together the natural digestive process and natural food nutrients help to promote the digestion and absorption of all the nutrients from both the supplement and the food.  

Now that you know the importance of vitamin synergy, here are some great recommendations for multivitamin/mineral supplements:

Enzyme Nutrition Two Daily Multi-VitaminEnzyme Nutrition Two Daily Multi-Vitamin by Enzymedica – This 100% whole food matrix is powered by Thera-Blend™, a superior enzyme blend designed to enhance the utilization of vitamins and minerals. This easily digestible formula also contains nutrient-rich superfoods, botanicals, antioxidants and guaranteed potency, shelf stable probiotics. Suitable for all, 14 years of age and older. Gluten, soy and dairy free, Non-GMO formula. Specialized Men’s and Women’s formulas also available.
 
PhytoMulti with Iron
 
PhytoMulti Capsules by Metagenics – This science-based formula contains a highly concentrated proprietary blend of full spectrum phytonutrients along with essential vitamins and minerals for optimal multidimensional health support. Gluten free, Non-GMO formula.
 
UltraNutrient
 
UltraNutrient by Pure Encapsulations – This product combines core vitamins and minerals with advanced antioxidants and standardized phytonutrient extracts to provide broad spectrum nutritional support for the whole body with emphasis on cardiovascular and liver health.
 
Twice Daily Multi
 
 
Twice Daily Multi by Designs for Health – This formula contains optimal amounts of foundational nutrients and includes vitamins and chelated minerals in therapeutic doses.

 

References:

Prevalence and correlates of vitamin D deficiency in US adults. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21310306
 
Nutrition Reference Guide.  http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/reference_intro.asp
 
Nutrition’s Dynamic Duos.  http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/HB_web/Nutritions-dynamic-duos.htm
 
http://www.ion.ac.uk/information/onarchives/synergy