VITAMINS

Vitamins are essential nutrients for healthy maintenance of cells, tissues, and organs; they also enable the body to efficiently use chemical energy provided by food, and to help process proteins, carbohydrates, and fats required for life.
  • Description: Group of organic compounds that includes retinol, retinal, retinoic acid, carotenoids and beta-carotene

    Benefits:

    • Helps maintain a healthy immune function and repels bacteria and viruses from mucous membranes – the first entrance point for invading germs
    • Helps maintain healthy vision
    • Acts as an antioxidant to help maintain skin and cellular health
    • Aids in bone metabolism/growth

    Did you know? Research shows that supplementation of Vitamin A improves hematopoiesis, a process involving the formation of red blood cells, which positively affects oxygen delivery and general health.

  • Description: Refers to all of the known essential water-soluble vitamins except for vitamin C. These include: thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folic acid (B9) and cobalamin (B12)

    Benefits:

    • Helps convert food into fuel, enabling the body to stay energized throughout the day
    • Creates healthy metabolic, nerve, digestive and cardiovascular functions
    • Protects against numerous diseases and issues

    Did you know? A recent study found that dietary sources of B Complex vitamins can protect against cognitive decline and aid in Alzheimer’s prevention.

  • Description: Part of the B complex family.

    Benefits:

    • Promotes health of the nervous system, skin, hair, eyes, mouth and liver
    • Improves the body’s ability to withstand stress. In fact, it’s often called the “anti stress” vitamin
    • Required for the breakdown of fat and protein in the body

    Did you know? Thiamine is one of the World Health Organization (WHO) essential medicines/nutrients, which is a list of the most important medication needed in a basic health system.

  • Description: Part of the B complex family.

    Benefits:

    • Supports migraine prevention
    • Acts as an antioxidant to aid in removal of toxins and free radicals
    • Acts as an anti-carcinogen
    • Increases energy by breaking down protein, fat and carbohydrates

    Did you know? Preliminary evidence indicates Vitamin B2 may help prevent damage to the lens of the eye which can lead to cloudy vision (cataracts).

  • Description: Part of the B complex family.

    Benefits:

    • Helps lower the level of bad cholesterol (LDL) and elevation of good cholesterol (HDL)
    • Decreases the risk of heart disease
    • Greatly reduces anxiety and depression

    Did you know? Vitamin B3 can dilate blood vessels and create a sensation of warmth, called a “niacin flush” which often gives the skin a natural blush and glow.

  • Description: Part of the B complex family.

    Benefits:

    • Plays a vital role in the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fats for overall good health
    • Provides health benefits for skin

    Did you know? Vitamin B5 is used in the synthesis of coenzyme A (CoA), which participates in a variety of reactions in the body, especially the breakdown of fatty acids. This can aid in maintaining a healthy body weight.

  • Description: Part of the B complex family.

    Benefits:

    • Plays a crucial role in the synthesis of dopamine and serotonin; boosting these key neurotransmitters can help prevent anxiety and depression
    • Aids in the synthesis of antibodies needed to fight disease
    • Helps in the production of red blood cells

    Did you know? Vitamin B6 assists in the breakdown and digestion of protein; therefore, people with high protein intakes (such as athletes) require more pyridoxine

  • Description: Part of the B complex family.

    Benefits:

    • Helps in the maintenance of healthy hair, nails and skin
    • Helps the body metabolize fats and carbohydrates
    • Provides maintenance for proper function of the nervous system

    Did you know? Biotin is nicknamed “Vitamin H” which stems from the German words Haar and Haut which mean “hair and skin.”

  • Description: Part of the B complex family.

    Benefits:

    • Helps reduce the risk of heart disease, depression and some cancers
    • May help lower triglycerides, a type of fat found in the blood. High levels of triglycerides can elevate the risk of heart disease.

    Did you know? Studies have shown that people deficient in folic acid are less responsive to antidepressant medication. Supplementation has been used to enhance antidepressant medication and mood.

  • Description: Part of the B complex family.

    Benefits:

    • Increases energy and decreases fatigue by converting carbohydrates to glucose
    • Reduces stress and the risk of depression
    • Aids in cell reproduction and renewal for healthy skin, hair and nails
    • Helps decrease the risk of breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer

    Did you know? Strict vegetarians, heavy drinkers, smokers, pregnant/breast feeding women and the elderly are at higher risk for B12 deficiency, and often have an increased need for supplementation.

  • Description: An essential water-soluble nutrient known for its antioxidant properties.

    Benefits:

    • Helps treat the common cold and viruses. Several studies have shown Vitamin C can reduce the severity and duration of cold symptoms.
    • Helps reduce wrinkle and skin sagging by improving skin elasticity; also helps protect the skin from harmful UV sun rays.
    • Speeds up the healing process of all wound types, including minor cuts, broken bones, burns and deep wounds. This is because it’s an essential factor in the production of collagen, a protein present in connective tissues of the body (skin, tendons, muscles, ligaments).
    • Protects against the ill effects of stress on the body and brain. Vitamin C is required for the synthesis of stress hormones like adrenaline, which play a role in the flight-or-fright mechanism for combating stress.
    • Helps reduce breathlessness and asthma symptoms. Vitamin C can substantially decrease bronchoconstriction – a narrowing of airways caused by physical activity or exercise.

    Did you know? High dose Vitamin C might not only reduce risk of some cancers but also aid in the effectiveness of cancer treatments. Studies have suggested that high dose treatments enhance the cancer-killing effect of drugs used in chemotherapy.

  • Description: A fat-soluble vitamin the body is able to store in reserve, important for calcium and phosphorus absorption.

    Benefits:

    • Helps maintain healthy bones and teeth
    • Studies have suggested it has a protective benefit against multiple diseases and conditions such as certain cancers, the flu, diabetes, heart disease and multiple sclerosis.

    Did you know? Research suggests more than three quarters of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D. Deficits of this so-called “sunshine vitamin” are increasingly blamed on lack of sunshine exposure and increased skin cancer awareness.

  • Description: A fat-soluble vitamin best known for its antioxidant properties.

    Benefits:

    • Acts as a strong antioxidant, which improves immunity
    • Speeds up cell regeneration, which has anti-aging effects including treating scars, acne and wrinkles
    • Promotes circulation of blood to the scalp and skin, aiding in hair and skin care

    Did you know? The antioxidant properties of Vitamin E help cleanse the body of free radicals – unstable compounds that damage cell structure.

  • Description: A fat-soluble vitamin essential for blood coagulation.

    Benefits:

    • Helps strengthen bones by assisting in the transport of calcium throughout the body, which reduces bone loss and decreases the risk of bone fractures.

    Did you know? Vitamin K is necessary for responding to bodily injuries by directly regulating normal blood clotting.