We all know that nutrient deficiencies can have a negative effect on many aspects of physical and mental 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. That’s where Tom Oliver’s Multi-Vitamins and Minerals come in. There’s both a women’s multi and a men’s multi to address the specific needs of these groups.
Micronutrients and Risk of COVID
Recent scientific evidence indicates that there are various groups who are at increased risk of COVID-19 infections. The reasons for the increased risk among certain groups is complex but may include having a weakened immune system. The groups who have been identified as being at increased risk include;
- the over 70s
- residents of care homes and in clinical settings
- ethnic minorities
- people who work indoors
- those who are overweight and obese
Other potential risk factors include lack of exposure to sunlight, darker skin pigmentation, being male, health problems, poor diet, certain medications, disadvantaged social and economic status, and lifestyle factors such as smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol.
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 and complementary roles in supporting the immune system. Inadequate intake and status of these nutrients are widespread, leading to a decrease in resistance to infections. Against this background researchers have made the following conclusions:
Supplementation with micronutrients and omega-3 fatty acids is a safe, effective, and low-cost strategy to help support immune function.
- Supplementation above the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA), but within recommended safety limits, for specific nutrients, such as vitamins C and D is warranted.
- Public health officials are encouraged to include nutritional strategies in their recommendations to improve public health (1,2).
Micronutrients During Childhood
Even sub-clinical deficiencies of vitamins and minerals may compromise a child’s physical growth and mental development. Sometimes diet can only correct these to a certain extent (3), meaning supplementation maybe necessary.
Micronutrients 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 (4).
Nutritional Needs of Vegans, Vegetarians and Restricted Diets
Many women have reduced their red meat intake for good health and environmental reasons. However, research suggests that females consuming less than 40g red meat daily are at increased risk of taking in below the Reference Nutrient Intakes of zinc, iron, potassium, and vitamins B12 and D (5). Vegans and vegetarians are also at increased risk of iodine deficiency.
Micronutrients in Pregnancy
When it comes to fertility and pregnancy 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 (6).
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 (7,8).
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 (9,10). Research finds that older people tend to be deficient in zinc, selenium. iron, iodine and copper (11).
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 and negative effect of ageing (12).
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 (13,14).
Green Tea and Rosemary
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 (15).
Green tea is considered to be potentially effective in the treatment of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Insulin resistance and Type II diabetes (16).
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 (17).
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 (18).
Additionally, rosmarinic acid may prevent some alterations of brain tissue found in Alzheimer's disease (19).
Benefits of Tom Oliver Nutrition's Women's Multi Vitamin and Mineral
- Multi-nutrient supplement for women's health and hormone balance
- Supports energy, mental health, skin, hair, nail, bone health and fertility
- Includes all key nutrients plus phytonutrients from rosemary and green tea
- Uses the most absorbable forms of nutrients for optimal effectiveness such as methylfolate and methyl B12
- No artificial preservatives, wheat, gluten or dairy
- Flexible usage - dose is split between 3 capsules so can take in divided doses
- Supports vegetarian and vegan health
- Recyclable packaging
- 90 capsules - 30 days' supply