Now, keep in mind that vitamin recommendations are a minimum, just what people need to survive. According to the research, kids who reported headaches/migraines to their doctors also had low levels of several important vitamins.
What really strikes me about this new research is that more than anything, kid-marketed foods are almost over-fortified with vitamins and minerals. Other countries have banned fortified foods because of quality, inaccuracy, and other concerns. Between cheap, low-quality supplements, unhealthy, fortified (poorly?) foods, and the below-standard American diet, I bet there are more problems than migraine headaches affecting more than just kids.
Almost everyone could benefit from a high-quality supplement. There are lots of holes in our diets, and not just from processed foods and sugary treats, even the fruits and vegetables we eat are grown in favor of getting a large size quickly, not flavor or nutrition. Plus, there are days—birthdays, vacations, parties, etc.—where gaps pop up in what might be an otherwise healthy diet. A daily multivitamin is a safety net against those gaps!
And one more thing: a varied diet improves health, but most people don’t realize exactly what that means. It’s not just working against the seasons and how produce availability (and quality) cycles over the year. It’s getting a lot of different spices in your diet. Hate spicy food? Or love cooking things in a certain regional style? You’re missing out. Then, there’s other plants, like teas. Our preference for caffeine and sugar has pushed out some great sources of antioxidants and other health benefits.
Not on a great multivitamin? Start today. Besides headaches, having enough nutrients to go around your body can improve energy, mood, and more. Deficiency isn’t always the extremes (like rickets), it can be a subtle stress on your body that builds up over time.
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