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Why using a broad spectrum micronutrient helps you stay well and relieved of stress

Why using a broad spectrum micronutrient helps you stay well and relieved of stress

The above video gives some testimonials from people who have been using the broad spectrum vitamin-mineral formulation supplement Daily Essential Nutrients, or Optimal Balance, to maintain their health.

There is a great deal of emphasis in the current crisis on Vitamin C supplementation, and there are plenty of recommendations for high doses to combat ‘The Virus’. 

So lets look at the reasons.  According to a recent note sent out by the John Hopkins University, the Coronavirus has no live components, being a protein molecule (RNA) covered by a protective layer of fat, which when absorbed by mucosa cells mutates them into aggressor cells.   Therefore it is the strength of the immunity of cells which might come under attack which prevents the disease taking hold ie our immune system.

The approach taken for doing this by Hardy Nutritionals, is broad spectrum supplementation ie taking a balanced combination of all the essential vitamins and nutrients together, along with support for the gut with good probiotics.  They have said:

“Using just one vitamin or mineral at a time can actually throw off your micronutrient balance and rob you of the full benefits of supplementing.  In an award-winning textbook published by the American Psychiatric Association, researchers commented that, "At least 10, preferably more (25 or so) vitamins and minerals" were key to staying balanced.  "A broader range of micronutrients is more likely to provide more pervasive changes..." the authors wrote.

That's why our Daily Essential Nutrients and Optimal Balance formulations focus on providing a synergistic level of all the vitamins and minerals the body needs to function.  When the body gets all the nutrients it needs, it can fight off infection and bounce back faster from viruses. “*

This approach may be likened to having a balanced diet.  Too much of one good thing can over time throw the system out of balance and create stress.  Whereas the evidence surrounding the Hardy formulations is of finding relief from stress – both on the physical system but also the mental/emotional.  And as we are also learning in these days, the emotion of fear is the single biggest problem for our immune systems, causing them to close down while preparing for ‘fight or flight’.   

“There have been studies which found that not only did the use of clinical levels of micronutrients help with overall health, they were able to find relief from serious stress associated with natural disasters that affected entire populations of people in specific regions.  One such study, entitled "Shaken but unstirred? Effects of micronutrients on stress and trauma after an earthquake: RCT evidence comparing formulas and doses", found that by taking a predecessor version† of Daily Essential Nutrients, study participants who had survived a massive earthquake in New Zealand were significantly improved in the areas of depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms compared to those in the control group.

Another similar study looked at the impact on people with ADHD who supplemented with the broad-spectrum micronutrients after surviving a 7.1 magnitude earthquake.  During a time when stress and anxiety would typically cause a major disruption in the lives of people with ADHD, those who participated in the study "were more resilient to the effects of the earthquake" compared to the control group not taking the supplement.

Hardy Nutritional’s Daily Essential Nutrients, the clinical strength broad-spectrum micronutrients and Optimal Balance, the regular strength micronutrients can provide the nutritional support necessary to support a balanced and resilient system. Greens and Probiotics or Olive Leaf Extract are recommended for supporting the gut bacteria in carrying out their vital role in the immune system.

For those who have access to nutritional analysis, (see  that identifies from symptoms which systems are most under stress, a tailored approach to diet and supplementation may be optimal. However, without that, a broad spectrum micronutrient vitamin-mineral combination can provide a baseline from which to build.  

 †Refers to Daily Essential Nutrients and pre-2013 versions of EMPowerplus, co-formulated by David Hardy.

 *Nutratalk blog on