For many years now at Cytoplan we have presented the rationale that there is a nutrition gap in the diets of most people by virtue of several factors. The nutrition gap describes the difference between the levels of nutrients the average person, eating a reasonable Western diet, is obtaining from food, and those nutrient levels identified by research as being needed for optimal health in the population.
Nutrient shortfalls are caused by a number of different factors, including dietary intake, and this means that most people are not getting the level of essential nutrients needed for health and protection on a daily basis. This deficit impacts adversely on both immediate and long-term health. The nutritional status of our bodies is dependent on six factors:
Our food choices
Food growing, processing and preparation methods
The nutrient content of the food we eat
The ability of our bodies to assimilate these nutrients
Lifestyle factors, such as smoking, stress, alcohol intake, medications etc. - which give rise to extra nutrients
Our level of activity (energy-expenditure)
Recent findings from population research carried out by the Government's nutritional advisory board, Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) and the World Food Programme identified:
There are nutrient deficiencies in every group of the population
Most depleted are those who need it most - the elderly, pregnant ladies and children
Often sufferers are unaware, as there are no visible warning signs
The consequences are disastrous - mental impairment, poor health and productivity, susceptibility to a whole host of chronic degenerative diseases, and even death
1 in 3 people in the UK are affected
So what can we do to minimise or eradicate the 'Nutrition Gap'? The best advice has to be to adhere to a diet that best fits our physiology, combined with a safe exercise programme, and on top of that we would advise taking a well-formulated supplement to make up for any nutritional shortfalls. So what is a well-formulated supplement?
A well-formulated supplement is one that provides all the nutrients a person needs to make up for the shortfalls, at the correct levels, and importantly in a bio-effective form.
All Cytoplan multi formulations are designed with this in mind. The formulations contain all those nutrients identified by research as being in short supply in an average diet, at the levels of need. This means providing nutrient levels sufficient to elevate the average individual's intake to optimum levels in terms of health-promoting effects.
When we state 'bio-effective form', we mean providing nutrients in our supplements that are in the same form as those nutrients occur in food. Our 'Food State' and Wholefood' vitamins and minerals meet this prerequisite. Nutrients in these forms follow 'food metabolic pathways' and will be optimally utilised by the body. Such nutrients differ from the 'isolate' chemical vitamins and minerals that are provided in the vast majority of supplements sold.