Vitamins and Minerals for Health and Vitality
The importance of vitamins and minerals to health, fitness and vitality is undisputed. A sufficient intake helps us to look good, feel good and enjoy life to the full – whatever our age! It is recommended that we eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day in order to achieve an optimal intake of vitamins and minerals. However, a supplement may also help to safeguard your dietary intake.
Vitamin A – essential for healthy eyes, skin and growth. Also an important antioxidant and immune system component.
Biotin – takes part in the metabolism of protein, fats and carbohydrates and plays a helping role in the production of antibodies.
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) – helps to produce energy from food and is involved in maintaining the nervous and digestive system.
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) – required for energy release from food and plays a role in the production and repair of body tissues and the formation of antibodies.
Niacin – required for energy production from food, brain function and healthy skin.
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) – involved in energy production and fat metabolism. Helps maintain healthy skin and hair. Essential for brain and nerve functioning. Involved in the manufacture of steroids.
Vitamin B6 – helps to maintain healthy skin, nerves and muscles. Assists in the production of antibodies and hormones.
Folacin (Folic Acid) – essential for red blood cell production, new cell growth, early development of the brain, nerves and energy production.
Vitamin B12 – essential for the formation of red blood cells and to maintain a healthy nervous system.
Vitamin C – an important antioxidant vitamin that supports the body’s immune system. Vital for iron absorption and plays a role in the maintenance of healthy gums, teeth, skin and blood vessels.
Vitamin D – required for calcium absorption, so essential for strong bones and teeth and the optimal functioning of muscles and nerves.
Vitamin E – an important antioxidant that protects tissue cells and helps maintain healthy skin. It also helps the body to use oxygen and exerts a beneficial effect on the blood and blood vessels.
Calcium – essential for the normal growth and the functioning of bones, teeth, nerves and muscles. Other important roles include hormone production, Vitamin B12 absorption and the regulation of fluid balance, blood coagulation and heart activity.
Magnesium – found in the bones and muscles, cells and soft tissues. Magnesium is vital for cell formation, energy metabolism, the regulation of calcium metabolism, the absorption of Vitamin B6 and for the proper functioning of nerves and muscles. It activates and regulates about 300 enzymes and is necessary for heart function and circulation as well as being involved in blood pressure.
Iron – is essential for oxygen uptake and energy release from food and to help support the body’s immune system. The body cannot manufacture iron, so its entire supply must come from the diet.
Zinc – an important mineral for health. Over 75% of zinc is concentrated in the bones, muscles and skin. It is vital for the functioning of about 200 enzymes, and is involved in mechanisms concerning the formation of bone tissue, tissue repair, insulin production, carbohydrate metabolism, and the immune system.