- B Group Vitamins help metabolise carbohydrates, proteins and fats from the foods you eat, providing you with the energy you need to get through the day. B group vitamins also support a healthy nervous system through their role in the production of hormones and neurotransmitters. As your body cannot store B vitamins, daily consumption is required.
- Iron is required for cellular energy production as it facilitates oxygen transport from the lungs to the rest of the body via haemoglobin, the primary iron- containing protein found in red blood cells. Myoglobin, also an iron-containing protein, transports oxygen in our muscle cells and supports the supply of oxygen to equal the demand of working muscles. Menstruation, pregnancy, absorption issues and inadequate dietary intake can all affect your levels of iron.
- Vitamin D aids the absorption of calcium, which helps build healthy bones and teeth. Vitamin D also helps maintain healthy mood, a healthy immune system and supports normal sugar metabolism.
- Iodine is needed for the synthesis of thyroid hormones and is essential for the normal functioning of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland that sits underneath your voice box and regulates body temperature, basal metabolic rate, cellular metabolism and growth and development.
- Chromium is essential for sugar metabolism. It can be needed in greater demand for those people who do a lot of physical activity or those who eat a diet high in refined sugars.
- Silica is important for the strong, healthy development and functioning of connective tissue, particularly the skin and is abundant in bones, hair, skin and nails.
- Antioxidant nutrients vitamins C, E and B2, selenium, zinc, citrus bioflavonoids and the herbs Grape seed, St Mary’s thistle and Ginkgo all contain antioxidant properties that decrease the risk of cell damage caused by free radicals. Grape seed in particular contains oligomeric procyanidins (OPCs), potent antioxidants that can assist in maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system.
Ensure your body has the right nutrients it needs to live life to the fullest. So if you need some help maintaining or improving your general wellbeing, when will you put looking after your health on top of your ‘to do’ list?