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Spotlight On - Tom Oliver’s Multi-Vitamins and Minerals

Nutrient deficiencies can have a negative effect on many aspects of physical and mental health. Even if we eat a healthy diet it may not be possible to get sufficient...

Nutrient deficiencies can have a negative effect on many aspects of physical and mental health. Even if we eat a healthy diet it may not be possible to get sufficient amounts of all the nutrients we need for optimal health. For most of us it’s hard to know which specific nutrients we need more of, and even if we did, taking all the nutrients individually would be cumbersome and expensive. Taking a multivitamin and mineral is a good insurance policy against nutrient deficiencies and the subsequent symptoms. Tom Oliver’s Men’s and Women’s Multi-Vitamin and Mineral supplements are specially designed to meet your needs at all stages of life.

Micronutrient Deficiency in Young People

A study assessing the micronutrient intake of people aged 18-25 found that there was a widespread need to increase the intake of micronutrients to meet the Reference Nutrient Intakes and to ensure optimal health (1).

Micronutrients for Fertility

When it comes to fertility it’s never too early to start taking a multi-vitamin and mineral. For example, pre-pregnancy deficiencies in calcium, folate, magnesium, potassium and vitamin E increase the risk of gestational diabetes (2).

Micronutrient deficiencies in women are exacerbated during pregnancy due to the demands of the developing foetus. Data from randomised trials suggest that maternal multi-vitamin and mineral supplementation decreases the risk of low birthweight and preterm births, as well as potentially improving other health outcomes (3,4).

Multi-Vitamins and Minerals and the Over 50s

The global population is ageing with many older adults suffering from age-related malnutrition, including micronutrient deficiencies. Adequate nutrient intake is vital for people to live healthy, independent lives as they age, and to reduce the risk of complications of disease (5,6). Research finds that older people tend to be deficient in zinc, selenium, iron, iodine and copper (7).

Sarcopenia is age-related loss of muscle, reduced muscle strength, and poorer physical performance. Minerals including magnesium, selenium, and calcium show promise in reducing this common effect of ageing (8).

The good news is that multi-vitamin and mineral use in people over the age of 50 is associated with lower prevalence of deficiencies of almost all micronutrients examined (9,10).

Nutritional Needs of Vegans, Vegetarians and Restricted Diets

Over the past decade many people have reduced their red meat intake for good health and environmental reasons. Doing so may increase the risk of certain nutrient deficiencies including iodine, iron, zinc, vitamin D and B12. All of these can be found in Tom Oliver’s Multi-nutrients for men and women.

Nutrition and the Immune System

The role nutrition plays in supporting the immune system is well-established. A wealth of data show that vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and folate, trace elements, including zinc, iron, selenium, magnesium, and copper, and the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA play important roles in supporting the immune system. Inadequate intake and status of these nutrients are widespread leading to a decrease in resistance to infections. Researchers conclude that supplementation with micronutrients and omega-3 fatty acids is a safe, effective, and low-cost strategy to help support immune function (11,12).

Phytonutrients in Tom Oliver’s Men’s Multi

Lycopene - Prostate cancer is a common illness in ageing males and is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Studies suggest that higher lycopene consumption significantly lowers prostate cancer risk (13,14). This is why Tom Oliver’s multi for men contains lycopene.

Nettles - Nettles are rich in compounds that reduce blood glucose and blood pressure as well as having antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and cholesterol lowering properties (15,16,17,18). Nettles also have anti-proliferative and apoptotic effects on several type of cancer (19) as well as supporting prostate health (20).

Phytonutrients in Tom Oliver’s Women’s Multi

Green Tea - Research shows that green tea, in combination with a healthy diet and exercise, improves indices of obesity including lowering body mass index and waist circumference (21).

Green tea is considered to be potentially effective in the treatment of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Insulin resistance and Type II diabetes (22).

Green tea is rich in polyphenols which have been shown to protect the skin from photoageing (caused by exposure to sunlight) and to reduce skin hyperpigmentation (23).

Rosemary - Rosmarinic acid from rosemary, has been shown to prevent metabolic disorders associated with oestrogen deficiency that are common in post-menopausal women, including reducing cholesterol and triglycerides (24).

Additionally, rosmarinic acid may prevent some alterations of brain tissue found in Alzheimer's disease (25).

Tom Oliver Nutrition's Multi Vitamins and Minerals May Support:

  • Energy production
  • The immune system
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Fertility
  • Brain health
  • Bone health
  • Those on restricted diets for health or ethical reasons
  • Older people who wish to maintain health and independence
  • Young people wishing to support physical and mental health




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