Level up your nutrition

  • Health
  • Friday, 26 Jul 2019

In a world that is progressively becoming more sophisticated and complex, dealing with stress and living up to daily expectations also increases.

Multitasking is fast becoming a common occurrence as most urbanites work long hours.

And when they go home, they have to attend to their children or end up wrapped up with various electronic devices. So instead of having a good rest like sleeping, they risk spreading themselves too thinly. Before long, fatigue creeps in and affects their already hectic lifestyle.

Also, to save time, most city dwellers end up eating out instead of cooking at home. Unfortunately, food prepared commercially usually prioritises taste over nutrition, which means most city folks may not be getting the right nutrients to support their way of life.

Another factor is the choice of food we Malaysians love to eat.

Using a secondary data based on the Malaysian Adults Nutrition Survey (MANS) 2003 and MANS 2014, the Institute for Public Health, Kuala Lumpur, noted that Malaysian adults consume a wide variety of food items daily and weekly. (1)

A majority of that includes rice. which is eaten twice a day with an average intake of 2.5 plates per day, and many preferred sugary foods and beverages as sugar was the second most common choice of food consumed on a daily basis.

It then pointed out that more efforts should be undertaken to instil healthier food choices and dietary practices among Malaysians.

One way to supplement the lack of nutrients in the daily diet of sugary drinks and white rice is to take multivitamins.

This practice is quite common in countries like the United States where adults there widely take multivitamins, hence a study was carried out by Jeffrey B. Blumberg et al, published February last year to assess the health benefits and risks of multivitamins and other dietary supplements. (2)

They found that multivitamins have been shown to reduce the prevalence of inadequate micronutrient intake, especially if it is below the estimated average requirement intakes.

Better nutrition provides for better energy levels.

Pharmaton is marketed as a product that helps to maintain energy levels. It is a dietary supplement that contains compounds to help alleviate fatigue.

Its capsules contain three carefully balanced groups of active ingredients: concentrated, standardised ginseng extract; vitamins, minerals, trace elements that assist in metabolism; and lecithin.

The vitamins in Pharmaton capsules include vitamin D, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamins A and E, and the B vitamins riboflavin, folic acid, thiamine, vitamin B-6 and vitamin B-12 to alleviate metabolic processes (www.livestrong.com/article/288399-what-is-pharmaton).

The added ginseng extract G115 helps increase energy levels. There was a double-blind study done on the multivitamins Pharmaton capsules in 1996 by A. Caso Marasco et al of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma Mexico) to compare the quality-of-life parameters in subjects receiving multivitamins plus ginseng with those found in subjects receiving multivitamins alone. (3)

The study involved 625 patients, both males and females who are split into two groups and are given a capsule per day for 12 weeks.

The study results showed that adding ginseng root extract to a multivitamin base produces a better dietary supplement.

For more on Pharmaton, visit its website here.

KKLIU: 1487/2019

SASGM.PHAR4.19.07.0295 (07/19)


1) Noraida Binti Mohamad Kasim, Mohamad Hasnan Bin Ahmad, Azli Bin Baharudin @ Shaharudin, Balkish Mahadir Naidu, Chan Ying Ying & Hj Tahir Bin Aris. “Food choices among Malaysian adults: Findings from Malaysian Adults Nutrition Survey (MANS) 2003 and MANS 2014.” Malaysian Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 2, No. 1, March 2018. pg 67-75.

2) Blumberg, Jeffrey B et al. “The Evolving Role of Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplement Use among Adults in the Age of Personalized Nutrition.” Nutrients vol. 10,2 248. 22 Feb. 2018, doi:10.3390/nu10020248

3) Caso Marasco, A & Vargas Ruiz, R & Salas Villagomez, A & Infante, Claudia. (1996). “Double-blind study of a multivitamin complex supplemented with Ginseng extract.” Drugs under experimental and clinical research. 22. 323-9.

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