Your Guide to Vitamins

So, you’ve decided that, with the New Year, you want to work on your overall health and have decided to start taking vitamins … great! Perhaps you simply noticed that you haven’t been performing at 100 percent and decided that a boost of essential minerals will help you feel your best … awesome! Truth be told, no matter what reason brought you to the proverbial vitamin aisle, we’re glad you are here.

A lot of women are starting to understand that the right combination of supplements gives your body much-needed minerals that help boost your daily performance as well as helping you fight toxins, rejuvenate from the inside out, and help you keep your figure.  

But, when you stroll down the vitamin aisle (or browse your vitamin retailer’s site) you might lose your drive to find the right supplements to take. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, as the world of vitamins is a confusing one, to say the least.

So, rather than discouraging your vitamin use, we thought we would bring you a complete guide of all the essential vitamins. Everything from providing a who’s who in the world of vitamins to the perfect combination for your health level is included below.

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The Glossary

You’ve probably heard the names of most, if not all, of these vitamins. However, do you know what they do or why they are so useful? Chances are, no … but that’s okay! Below we brought you a helpful glossary to decode all those confusing vitamin labels.

 

  • Acetyl Glutathione

 

Glutathione is one of the most powerful antioxidants that our bodies produce. That’s important because our bodies need antioxidants to fight free radicals, clear heavy metals, and support our immune system. However, chronic illness, long-term exposure to toxins, stress, and gaining weight diminish the glutathione found in our bodies. When glutathione levels start to deplete, our energy levels remain low and then every part of our body begins to show major signs of aging.

 

  • Alpha-Lipoic Acid

 

Another antioxidant, alpha-lipoic acid, helps keep your inflammation down, balances your blood sugar, and helps your skin retain elasticity. Not to mention, it improves the effectiveness of other antioxidants in your body. That alone is reason enough to take it!

 

  • B complex

 

When you see “B complex,” that includes 11 different nutrients, including B6 and B12. B complex is essential to overall health, as it breaks down protein, fat, and carbohydrates, and sustains your energy levels. These vitamins also work to maintain the health of your heart and promote a healthy immune system. They are also effective at fighting stress, fatigue, headaches, mood imbalances, and menstrual disorders. It is especially important for those who stick to a vegetarian or vegan diet to get plenty of the B12 vitamin, as it is found in mostly meat, and fortified plant milks and cereals.

 

  • Vitamin C

 

Most probably know that Vitamin C does help you maintain a healthy immune system; however, it also boosts HDL or the “good” cholesterol. Plus, vitamin C is an antioxidant that fights DNA-damaging free radicals, making it great for your skin, too!

 

  • CoQ10

 

An extremely powerful antioxidant that increases your energy, contains anti-aging properties, and can improve cardiovascular health. While this is important for anyone, it is especially effective for those over 40.

 

  • Vitamin D3

 

Vitamin D is great because it aids in just about every function in your body. This pre-hormone (despite its name, it’s not a vitamin) has a role in fighting disease, building strength in the muscle and bones, boosting the immune system, and helping fight inflammation, and it has anti-cancer effects. Note, though, to get enough daily vitamin D, you need to rely on vitamins and the sun, as you won’t get enough from food alone.

 

  • Fish Oil

 

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil is vital to your overall heath. It promotes joint, vision and cardiovascular health, fights against chronic disease, and supports healthy skin, hair, and nails.

 

  • Iron

 

This mineral prevents anemia, which is an iron deficiency. An iron deficiency is also linked to impaired memory and an inability to focus. Additionally, iron supports a healthy immune system.

 

  • Magnesium

 

Magnesium maintains normal muscle and nerve function, regulates blood sugar levels, and keeps your bones strong. It also has the benefit of relaxing achy muscles and easing constipation.

 

  • Multivitamins

 

If you take anything, make it a multivitamin. These are great for protecting our bodies from the everyday stress and fatigue we face, as well as making up for diets that may lack in nutrition. There really isn’t a good reason to skip on these bad boys!

 

  • Powdered Greens

 

If you aren’t eating enough greens every day, this is a great way to pick up that slack. These are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are delivered in a daily scoop to your morning smoothie or drink. Powdered greens enhance your immunity, boost energy levels, and aid your digestive process.

 

  • Probiotics

 

Probiotics are the naturally occurring “good” bacteria that are found in your gut. By taking probiotics, you will ensure that your gut and intestinal tract are producing enough of the good bacteria and promoting healthy digestion.

 

  • Zinc

 

Zinc regulates immune function, as well as supports the healthy function of organs and tissue. Also, zinc helps maintain the skin’s integrity and structure, helping wounds heal properly. Additionally, zinc has been linked to memory and how we learn.

Your Go-To Guide

There is a perfect combination of vitamins for every situation. Whether you are looking for an everyday combo or something more specific, such as you have the winter blues, these are good suggestions for what ails you.  

 

  • For everyday use:
    • Multivitamin
    • Vitamin D3
    • Fish Oil
    • Probiotics

 

  • When you’re sleep deprived:
  • Magnesium
  • CoQ10
  • Acetyl-glutathione

 

  • When you’re stressed out:
  • B complex
  • Magnesium
  • L-Thiamine
  • Acetyl-glutathione

 

  • For days you experience low energy levels:
  • B complex
  • Powdered greens
  • Acetyl-glutathione

 

  • For those who in live in a cold climate:
  • Magnesium
  • B complex
  • Powdered greens

 

  • When you need help trying to lose weight:
  • Alpha-Lipoic Acid
  • Acetyl-glutathione

 

  • Vegetarians:
  • B complex, especially B12
  • CoQ10
  • Acetyl-glutathione

 

  • Fight aging:
  • B complex
  • Alpha-Lipoic acid
  • CoQ10
  • Acetyl-glutathione  

 

  • When you’re constipated:
  • Magnesium
  • Probiotics

 

  • In need of an immunity boost:
  • Vitamin C
  • Iron
  • Zinc
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