Benefits of Vitamins
Depending on your dietary intake, receiving all of the required nutrients that your body needs on a daily basis can be difficult to achieve. With today's busy lifestyle, hectic pace, and erratic time schedules, consuming a healthy nutritionally balanced whole food diet has become more difficult than ever.
For the most part, vitamins can not be manufactured by the body and must be obtained through dietary intake. For these reasons, adding a nutritional supplement to your daily routine may be necessary to ensure that you are receiving all of the nutrients required to allow your body to perform at it's optimal level. For individuals that find that it is difficult to consistently consume a whole food diet that is nutritionally balanced, the benefits of adding a vitamin supplement to their daily routine can not be overstated.
There are three primary forms in which vitamin supplements can be consumed; dissolving capsules, liquid, and pill. Most nutritional and medical experts agree that the liquid form is the most effective as it has the highest rate of assimilation and rapidly enters the bloodstream.
Vitamins play a vital role within the human body and are required for virtually every bodily function that occurs. While several vitamins are essential for life itself, others are required to maintain good health, ward off disease, and promote various functions to occur within the body.
There are 13 primary vitamins and each vitamin is categorized as either water soluble or fat soluble. Water soluble vitamins (B vitamins and C) are stored in the body for a brief period of time and eliminated through the kidneys (in the form of urine). For this reason, water soluble vitamins must be consumed from either food or a vitamin supplement on a daily basis. On the other hand, fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) are absorbed in the intestines (as is fat), moved into circulation via the lymphatic system, and stored within the liver.
Below is a list of the 13 vitamins and a brief description of the bodily functions that they either perform or are involved in. For a more detailed discussion on each of the vitamin types, the bodily functions that they either perform or assist with, the common food sources that contain high levels of each vitamin type, and the symptoms associated with a deficiency in each of the vitamin types please visit our Vitamin Glossary.
Vitamin A (Retinol)
Vitamin b1 (Thiamine)
Vitamin b2 (Riboflavin)
Vitamin b3 (Niacin)
Vitamin b5 (Pantothenic acid)
Vitamin b6 (Pryidoxine)
Vitamin b7 (Biotin)
Vitamin b9 (Folate/Folic acid)
Vitamin b12 (Cobalamins)
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)
Vitamin D (Calciferol)
Vitamin E (Tocopherol)
Vitamin K (Phylloquinone/phytol naphthoquinone)
Supplementing Your Dietary Intake with Vitamins
As is evident from the previous list, vitamins play a crucial role in promoting not only countless health benefits, but also allow the body to perform virtually all of it's required bodily functions as well. There are 7 primary key components related to overall good health, fitness, and mental well-being and proper nutritional intake is one of them. Below is a list of the 7 key primary components related to living a life that is filled with good health, fitness, mental stability, and a reduced probability of contracting a debilitating disease:
Proper nutrition plays one of the most important roles, in relation to good health, in that it provides the body with the appropriate nutrients to perform it's bodily functions. Without the proper intake of vitamins, the body's ability to perform these functions are compromised. The statement "You are what you eat" is so true in that just as a plant, shrub, or tree requires the proper soil, water, and sun light to thrive, so to does the human body. However, in the case of the human body, vitamins, minerals, proteins, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats are required on a daily basis to promote good health and wellness.
With many individuals living a lifestyle that is hectic, stressful, and filled with the consumption of foods that are devoid of nutritional value, it's no wonder that the rates of several of the diseases have increased. In addition, the percentages of individuals that are overweight and obese have drastically increased over the last 20 years.
Coupling the two, consuming foods that are nutritionally deficient, filled with a high number of empty calories, and are high in fat content, with excessive weight gain, is a prescription for ill health.
By simply modifying your dietary intake and focusing on consuming foods that are high in nutrients, minimally processed, and well balanced with a sound nutritional supplement routine many of the chronic diseases can be avoided. In addition, by taking it one step further and performing a physical activity on a regular basis, good health, fitness, and mental well-being is only a step away.
For additional information on the health and wellness benefits associated with regularly supplementing your dietary intake with vitamins please visit the Vitamin Glossary section of our website.
In addition, we have also included informational glossaries for many of the additional nutrients required to promote good health, ward off and reduce the probability of many of the chronic diseases, and allow the body to perform at it's optimal level.