No, for two reasons.
First, the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council has been setting guidelines for the Recommended Dietary Allowance since 1941.
The original intent was to reduce the rates of severe nutritional deficiencies. In other words, they set standards for the minimum amounts of nutrients needed to avoid certain severe deficiencies that lead to diseases like scurvy (from lack of vitamin C). So if you get the RDA amount of vitamin C, for example, you probably won’t get scurvy. But you may still suffer from a “subclinical deficiency” of vitamin C. “Subclinical deficiencies" in any nutrients are generally not enough to produce classic outward symptoms, but may be evidenced in other subtle symptoms like fatigue, lethargy, difficulty in concentration, lack of well-being, or any number of other vague, chronic symptoms.
Second, the Food and Nutrition Board advises that the RDA are designed to serve as the basis for minimum standards for groups, not optimal standards for individuals.
There is now overwhelming scientific research indicating the optimal level of many nutrients (especially antioxidants) are much higher than the RDA in general. And that’s not even considering individual health status, family health history, environmental factors, and lifestyle choices.
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