Even Americans living in an affluent coastal town with good access to fresh seafood are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, a new survey has found.
This survey provides us with a good reminder that, even for affluent people with good diets, obtaining optimum amounts of essential micronutrients from food alone isn’t always possible. This is important because, as Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine concept explains, long-term micronutrient deficiencies are the primary cause of chronic health problems such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and others. Notably, therefore, research published by Harvard University in 2009 suggests that omega-3 deficiency causes up to 96,000 deaths per year in the United States. This makes it the sixth biggest killer of Americans.
In the case of vitamin D, a micronutrient the body can make when skin is exposed to sunlight, even in Australia – a country where people typically enjoy an outdoor lifestyle with plentiful sunshine – deficiency is said to have reached crisis levels. A lack of vitamin D has been linked to cardiovascular problems, type 2 diabetes, cancer, immune disorders, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and many other health problems.
The widespread global prevalence of micronutrient deficiency provides a powerful argument in favor of the use of micronutrient supplements. To read how evidence is growing that daily use of supplements can reduce national healthcare costs, see this article on our website.