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Daily Complete Vitamins

What are vitamins?

Vitamins are essential to life. They are considered as micronutrients as they are only needed in small amounts compared to macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fat. 

Major vitamins include vitamin A and beta-carotene (precursor of vitamin A), vitamin B complex: B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (nicotinic acid), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B12 (cyanocobalamin), biotin, choline, folate, vitamins C, D, E and K. These vitamins can be further divided into water soluble or oil soluble vitamins.  Water soluble vitamins such as vitamin C and vitamin B complex have to be taken daily as they cannot be stored within our body. On the other hand, oil soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E and K can be stored in fatty tissues and the liver for longer period of time.

 

What do vitamins do? How much vitamins do we need each day?

Vitamins are essential in almost all bodily functions. They can regulate immune function, cell division and cell differentiation, facilitate cell to cell communication, improve metabolism and reduce stress response. Deficiency of specific vitamins can lead to diseases such as beriberi, rickets, scurvy and night blindness.

So how much vitamins do we need each day?  Scientists have developed some standards on vitamin consumption, known as recommended daily intake / recommended daily allowance (RDA).

Recommended daily intake is the minimum nutrient requirement for healthy people to ward off vitamin deficient diseases.  These values do not represent the amounts of vitamins required for optimal health, which vary among individuals based on their age, diet, health conditions, exposure to toxic chemicals and lifestyle.   

 

Why do we need daily complete vitamins?

Although vitamins are present in fresh foods, many people do not consume a balanced healthy diet to get sufficient vitamins. Changes in farming practices, poor food treatment and storage, improper cooking methods also reduce the amount of vitamins in food.  On the other hand, our demand of vitamins has increased due to stressful lifestyle and environmental pollution. Therefore, consumption of daily complete vitamins may be needed for some people to maintain good health.

 

Types of vitamin supplements

Commercially available vitamin supplements can be divided into two groups: synthetic versus natural.  Synthetic vitamins are synthesized in the laboratories and natural vitamins are derived from food sources.  Synthetic vitamins may contain coal tar, preservatives and other additives. Even “natural” vitamins may contain vitamins not extracted from natural food sources. So consumers should read the labels carefully when choosing vitamin supplements.

In general, vitamins extracted from natural food sources are more bioactive and more easily assimilated by the body.  In addition, they may contain other nutrients that can enhance the beneficial effect of single vitamins (e.g. the presence of bioflavonoids improves the absorption of vitamin C).  Protein-bonded vitamins, usually found in natural food supplements, are also more readily absorbed and assimilated than inorganic vitamins.

 

Complete multi-vitamins are better than single vitamin supplements

Because vitamins and minerals work synergistically (they enhance the effects of each other), daily complete multi vitamins and minerals are usually preferred for general health maintenance.  Single vitamin supplement is usually used to treat a specific disorder or deficiency. 

Many complete multi vitamin and mineral supplements contain no iron because iron can be found in many foods. In addition, excess iron uptake can lead to the formation of free radicals and is found to be associated with heart diseases and cancer.

 

Complete Multi-Vitamins & Minerals (Bestsellers):

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Garden of Life Living Multi - 252 Caplets

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Solaray Spectro Multi W/O Iron - 250 Capsules

Source Naturals Life Force Multi

Source Naturals Life Force Multi / No Iron - 180 Capsules

Nature's Way Alive

Nature's Way Alive Iron Free Veg Caps - 90 Veggie Caps

Nature's Plus Ultra

Nature's Plus Ultra Source Of Life W/Lutein - 90 Tablets

 

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