Vitamins, Why They Are Important
Are you taking the right vitamins or any at all? Do you know what vitamins are best for what your body needs? Do chemists confuse you? You'd like to know a little more about the vitamins you take? If you answered yes to any of these question please read on!
Vitamins are found in the food we eat but most of our diets lack essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients our bodies need to function at optimum levels.
**I'm no doctor so please take everything I say with a grain of salt. Before adding any supplements to your diet please consult your doctor.
Before we go any further I want to introduce you to a company I'm very passionate about... Vitally.
Story of Vitally
Sick and tired of being sick and tired, Vitally founder Matt Hitchman, sought help from an effective but costly nutritionist, who recommended a uniform prescription of supplements. They helped but they were tedious - running out at different times coupled with frequent inconvenient trips to the store made for a short-lived journey to a healthier Matt. He wondered why something he was doing to make life easier had to be so difficult. That's where Vitally was born.
Vitally in my opinion is the easiest and most convenient way to take vitamins. All you have to do is answer a few questions about your health/wellbeing and you've got the right vitamins for your health delivered monthly. With an advisory board full of nutritionists & medical professionals you can have full confidence in the brand. Not to mention the cost efficiency! Your monthly prescription is less than your beloved protein shakes!!
Here is what I'm currently taking and why
About evening primrose oil
Evening primrose oil supports skin health and is used by people who suffer from acne. For women, it has been found to provide natural premenstrual support. Evening Primrose Oil is also used to support heart health, plus help maintain normal blood pressure and joint health.
Studies show EPO may help with acne legions and chelitis, a condition that causes inflamed and painful lips caused by acne drugs. There is also some research supporting its use in reducing pain for both diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis sufferers, as well as its use in combating cyclical mastalgia (breast pain) and PMS symptoms. Although there is promising evidence that evening primrose oil may benefit some conditions, research is still emerging.
Good for; Hear, joints & skin
Cranberry has long been used for its medicinal properties because of its ability to support a healthy urinary tract and as a powerful antioxidant. Cranberries contain compounds called proanthocyanidins, which prevent bacteria from attaching to the lining of your urethra and bladder. Each vegetarian and vegan friendly tablet contains 500 mg of organic cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) that is standardized to contain at least 6% quinic acid. Quinic acid is an active component of the cranberry fruit that lends the astringent qualities to cranberry fruit and juice. Several studies have found that taking cranberry pills containing 36 mg of proanthocyanidins every day for two months can significantly reduce the frequency of UTIs, especially in women.
About Micro-algae aka Veggie Omega 3
Micro-algae is the world’s richest and only primary source of omega-3 DHA. With overfishing causing a harmful decline of the world’s fish populations, micro-algae provides a sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to fish oil that is vegan friendly and free of any ocean born contaminates. Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for health and cannot be produced by the human body so need to be a part of our diet. The benefits of omega-3 fatty acids are widely known, particularly the long chain fatty acid components, EPA and DHA. However, most studies or research into omega-3 supplementation relate to fish sourced omegas and the use of micro- algae oil as a source of omega-3’s is relatively new. However, a 2008 study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, showed micro-algae oil to be an equally effective source of DHA when compared to cooked salmon.
Good for; immunity, inflammation, joints, mood, skin, brain & cognition
Spirulina is thought to have been a food source for the Aztecs back in the 16th Century and was made popular again when NASA proposed growing it in space as a food for astronauts. Spirulina has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, supports heart health and helps with energy levels, particularly if you’re feeling fatigued or run down. It’s also used as a detoxing agent and to increase mental alertness. It really is a superfood. Studies have shown that spirulina assists in maintaining normal triglycerides and cholesterol levels. It’s also been shown to assist with regulating blood pressure within normal ranges and even regulate blood sugar.
Good for; Energy, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, mental alertness & heart health.
Enjoy better health!!