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A large number of people in India suffer from various nutritional inadequacies. According to research conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the incidence of vitamin D deficiency in the Indian population ranged from 40% to 99 percent, while vitamin B12 deficiency was at least 47%. Important minerals like iron and folic acid, as well as macronutrients like protein, are commonly deficient in India. “Nutritional deficiencies are caused to the absence of proper nutrition in daily food or other physiological conditions,” says Mihir Gadani, Co-Founder of OZiva. Vitamin deficiencies can cause a variety of health problems and have an impact on the body's general function. As a result, it's critical to supplement your diet with the correct vitamins and minerals.”

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Choosing the correct supplements, according to nutritionists and specialists all over the world, is the key to overcoming nutritional deficiencies. However, there is a lot of debate over the effectiveness and overall effects of dietary supplements. Gadani acknowledges that eating a particular supplement in excess for an extended length of time can put a person at danger of developing vitamin overdose. “While water-soluble vitamins like B and C are flushed out of the body, fat-soluble synthetic vitamins like A, D, E, and K are kept in the body. This type of storage is more common in the fatty tissues and liver. resulting in a variety of health risks such as nutritional imbalance, as well as upsetting the body's equilibrium with other nutrients and minerals,” he adds.

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Addressing Nutritional Deficiencies 

So, what can be done to correct any nutritional deficiencies that may be present in the body? Start by eating the correct foods that will provide you with the nourishment and energy you need to perform on a daily basis. You are more likely to meet your vitamin requirements if you consume a well-balanced diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables. However, even when people eat well, a large number of them still have dietary inadequacies. As a result, taking a supplement to meet the required nutritional quota is also necessary. Over synthetic supplements, experts recommend adopting clean and plant-based nutritional supplements such as natural vitamins and minerals.

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Keep In Mind:

• Supplements should be chosen based on your health requirements.

• Read labels and choose plant-based supplements that are free of chemicals, added sugars, and other additives.

• Purchase supplements from a reputable source or brand. Know the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for all vitamins and minerals and don't take more than you need; get professional guidance and stick to the dosage.

• Take fat-soluble vitamins with high-fat meals to improve absorption.

• Taking probiotics like yoghurt with supplements might help digestion and boost nutrient absorption

• If you're taking calcium supplements, limit your caffeine intake, avoid taking zinc and copper supplements, and don't take iron and calcium supplements at the same time

• Vitamin D and K2 help with calcium absorption, whereas vitamin C aids iron absorption.

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