Intelligent Advice about Nutritional Supplements:
At Intelligent Nutrition we are very well qualified to give advice about nutritional supplements. Our nutritionist (Peter Clark) has several years experience working within the supplement industry. In addition his background in Biochemistry (BSc) and Human Nutrition (Master’s in Medical Science) gives him essential insight into the body’s metabolic processes.
Choosing appropriate supplements is not as straightforward as it first appears. It can be fraught with problems. At Intelligent Nutrition we source nutritional supplements from several professional suppliers and cherry pick the best from each range for your benefit. Since we need a clear picture of a client’s health, diet and medical background, we only recommend nutritional supplements to people who have had at least an initial assessment consultation with our in-house nutritionist.
Individual Vitamin and Mineral Requirements
There are many factors that determine how much of a particular vitamin or mineral (micronutrient) we will need at a particular time and, in any case. nutritional requirements vary from person to person. Micronutrient requirements are determined by obvious things such as our body size and our level of physical activity. They are also determined by hidden things such as whether we are digesting and absorbing our food as we should.
In addition, other factors such as illness, stress, exposure to environmental toxins (such as mercury from dental amalgams or cadmium from cigarette smoke) and certain life stages like pregnancy and lactation, or even just growing old, all increase our requirements for specific micronutrients.
Our nutritionist will talk to you about your individual requirements and advise you which nutritional supplements are appropriate for you.
We all think that we have a varied, balanced diet, but many people don’t have the time or are not able to put in the effort needed to plan meals, shop, cook and prepare fresh food as they should.
Keeping an honest food diary can be quite an eye opener! It is true that the vitamin and mineral (micronutrient) content of foods is less than it was in the 1940s (The Mineral Depletion of Foods (1940–2002), David Thomas) due to intensive farming methods. However, this is nothing compared to the vitamin and mineral losses in highly processed meals and foods, which many people use as the mainstay of their daily family meals.
Reference Nutrient Intakes (RNIs)
In the UK the Department of Health published the Dietary Reference Values (recommended intakes) for food, energy and nutrients for the people of the United Kingdom. The Reference Nutrient Intake is similar to the old RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) and is the estimated intake of a nutrient that would meet 97.5% of the UK population’s requirement.
However, UK Government surveys of micronutrient intake in the UK make sobering reading as different sections of the population fall short (sometimes well short) of the RNIs for many vitamins and minerals.
The old RDAs (Recommended Daily Allowances) were set at minimum levels, to prevent deficiency diseases such as scurvy from developing, rather than at an optimum levels for human health. The newer RNIs are set at similar levels to the older RDAs