Vitamins and minerals are vital nutrients needed for hundreds of roles in the body. Vitamins are divided into fat-soluble and water-soluble.
Fat-soluble vitamins enter the blood via the lymph vessels in the intestinal wall. Many of them travel through the body by proteins that act as carriers. Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the fat tissues and liver and released when they are needed. This means it is possible to go a while without them and not feel the impacts of deficiency as your body has those stored that are still being released. Fat-soluble vitamins include Vitamin A, D, E and K.
They help to:
Unlike fat-soluble vitamins, water-soluble vitamins are located in the watery parts of the food you ingest. They are absorbed directly into the bloodstream as food is broken down during digestion. Many of the vitamins circulate easily around the body because our body is made up of lots of water. Water-soluble vitamins are regulated constantly by the kidneys and excreted in urine if there is too much, so it is important to have these vitamins regularly as part of your diet. Although, in saying this, there is a big supply of B12 in our liver that doesn’t need replenished every day. Water-soluble vitamins include Vitamin B and C.
They help to:
It is important for both fat-soluble and water-soluble that too much isn’t ingested. Toxic levels can build up when fat-soluble vitamins are stored for a while and high doses of Vitamin B6 can damage nerves, which cause numbness and muscle weakness. Without vitamins, it would be difficult for some vital minerals to be absorbed into the body.
For information on minerals, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Below is our range of vitamins and minerals you may find beneficial.
Multimagnesio consists of five different magnesium salts to increase bioavailability and efficacy. The absorption of magnesium, as well as for other minerals, is closely linked to the type of salt it is administered in. Multimagnesio's constituents are activated using the spagyric method by the renowned Italian company Erbenobili, and a daily serving will meet 100% of your magnesium needs.
Vibrant Health's Vitamin D3 helps you avoid vitamin D deficiency. Able to nourish cells with readily absorbable vitamin D, the daily supplement – which is available in a certified organic tablet – supports the proper functioning of the immune system and promotes better skeletal health. Of particular benefit during dark winter months, the supplement provides 4,000 i.u. of vital vitamin D.
Super Natural C is a highly effective dietary supplement for those wishing to up their intake of vitamin C. Derived entirely from plant sources, including sustainable, hand-harvested Amazonian camu-camu fruit, the vegan-friendly Super Natural C is a healthy alternative to synthetic vitamin supplements. Each serving provides 266mg of natural vitamin C.
Formulated by award-winning fish oil manufacturer WHC, Vitamin K2 + D3 is a high-quality dietary supplement. Engineered to support bone, muscle and immune health, it combines the superior forms of vitamin D and vitamin K in a single pearl tablet. If you're worried about getting enough of these important nutrients, just take one tablet per day to ease your mind and support good health.
Nascent Iodine from Harmonic Innerprizes is the perfect supplement for increasing your iodine intake and avoiding deficiency. Whereas conventional iodine has a molecular structure, Nascent Iodine is in atomic form – considered the safest, most effective form available. Indeed, the atomic structure is the same form of iodine the body creates from dietary sources.
With a Magnesium Oil or Magnesium Gel, you can quickly boost your overall magnesium levels. Created by Zechstein Miracle, these quality magnesium supplements use a natural salt of magnesium unstained by impurities, often dubbed the Master Miracle Compound owing to its superior solubility. The highly-pure magnesium chloride comes from the Zechstein seabed, a pristine geological formation.
Zechstein Miracle's magnesium-enriched, low-sodium salt was developed and manufactured by Oriola-KD, the company behind the world-famous PANSALT. Although it has the look, taste and texture of common salt, it contains half as much sodium. It also contains higher levels of magnesium and potassium. If your meal's healthy, why use processed, mineral-stripped salt?
Minerals are essential for maintaining the proper balance of water in the body. Potassium, calcium and chloride mostly perform this function. Other minerals like magnesium, calcium and phosphorus are vital for keeping bones healthy. Sulfur aids in stabilising protein structures including some that make up skin, nails and hair, while selenium has antioxidant properties. Although mineral consumption is important for maintaining overall good health, specific benefits of minerals include:
Trace minerals are just as important as minerals, so don’t be put off by the name. The body simply doesn’t need as many trace minerals as minerals, hence the 'trace' part. Trace minerals are vital for:
While different minerals are required in different amounts, they are all essential. As ever where diet is concerned, balance is key.