Fasting Russians, especially children and the elderly, need to take vitamin and mineral complexes to avoid micronutrient deficiencies. This was reported to the Moscow City News Agency by the chief freelance specialist - nutritionist of the Russian Ministry of Health, scientific director of the Federal State Budgetary Scientific Institution "Federal Research Center for Nutrition and Biotechnology", Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Viktor Tutelyan.
“We, as a biological species, should receive about 150-170 chemical compounds - micronutrients every day. About 70 of them are irreplaceable, they are not synthesized in our body, and we can get them only with food. If we do not receive them, this is very bad, it will definitely negatively affect our health, especially since Lent is so long - 40 days. Therefore, it is imperative to additionally take any vitamin and mineral complexes. It is useful, it is necessary on ordinary days, and during fasting it is obligatory, especially for elderly people and children observing the fast,”V. Tutelyan said.
Increasing your intake of beans, legumes and soy is also recommended during fasting, he said, as these are rich sources of the protein the body needs.