Tuesday, 27 November 2018
Many Believe Positive Thinking is Better than Vitamins
But that's my personal history with taking vitamins.
I was recently sent the results of a survey into the nation’s attitude towards health, undertaken on behalf of a company that sells supplements.
The survey revealed that while 38 per cent of us describe ourselves as ‘fairly health conscious’, the nation's knowledge of what techniques and habits can improve our health is sometimes wrong.
The study, conducted by Simply Supplements, asked over 2,000 Brits to identify what improvements they could make to their lives in order to improve their health. The respondents could choose multiple options, 24 per cent chose 'Increase fresh air intake' and 27 per cent picked 'Thinking positively'. A mere 19 per cent selected taking daily supplements to top up vitamins needed by the body.
The study also appears to have exposed a big gap in some people's knowledge. This is shown in almost half the population (46 per cent) not understanding that eating healthy balanced meals would improve their overall health, less than a third (29 per cent) realising that decreasing alcohol intake would improve their overall health, and 5 per cent mistakenly believing that arsenic was something they should be taking daily.
Arsenic occurs naturally in the earth, and at low levels is harmless. However, when consumed over a long period of time, it can lead to adverse effects on the stomach and liver. This pales in comparison to 4 per cent believing that radioactive isotope polonium would improve health if consumed, when in actual fact would give you metal poisoning, liver damage, followed by death.
The company behind the survey, Simply Supplements, said if you do want to get healthier, the impact a healthy diet can have on the body is wide-ranging, from increased alertness, improved sleep, and reduced risk of heart disease. Having a balanced diet gives the body all the nutrients it needs, meaning we have enough energy without excess calories being stored as fat. The company also said that taking daily vitamin supplements can be beneficial.
Matt Durkin MSc, a nutritionist from Simply Supplements, said: "According to recent research by the British Nutrition Foundation, almost 25 per cent of adult men and nearly 50 per cent of adult females are believed to have insufficient levels of selenium. Selenium is a crucial nutrient for the creation of glutathione in the body, more commonly known to nutritionists as the ‘master antioxidant’. Similarly, around a third of females between the ages of 11 and 64 have an insufficient intake of iron, which is an important mineral for cognitive function and energy levels. As a result, it is therefore quite worrying that such low numbers of Brits identify supplements as an effective method of supporting good health."
Now, I am no health or diet professional, and I'm not offering this blog post - or the press release that the survey and quotes came from - as advice. I'm putting it up here as a matter of interest and possible discussion only.
What do you think?