Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The RDI's Are Marginal

The Reference Daily Intake or (RDI's) is the daily intake level of a nutrient that is considered to be sufficient to meet the requirements of 97–98% of healthy individuals in every demographic in the United States.

I have a problem with the RDI's. The numbers are too low to be used for optimal health. The amount of Vitamin C needed to prevent scurvy is about 30mg/day, so the RDI was set a little higher which is about 60 mg/day. If you want to get the full antioxidant effect of Vitamin C a much higher dosage is needed. Many experts recommend 1000 -2,000mg/day.

The RDI's for VItamin D is only 400 IU. This is an ok amount for the health of your bones, but if you want to have  benefical immune system support a much higher dose is needed. New research over the last couple of years has shown that Vitamin D plays an important role for the immune system.

The RDI's for Selenium have been set at 70 mcg's, but if you want the optimum antioxidant power of selenium 200 mcg would be recommended.

Do You want your health status to be just above the disease threshold? Or Do you want to be at Optimal Health?

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