No matter how well we eat, or think we eat, it’s a good idea to get an extra edge on nutrition with the best vitamin and mineral supplements. It’s like insurance. It’s protection. Even when we’re pretty sure we’ve got all the bases covered, “health insurance” in the form of quality, natural supplements is a very wise idea.
Many of us have questions about the food we buy, even some organic products. I may be a little paranoid, but organic food originating in China leaves me with a few unanswered questions. And, unlike those lucky enough to live close to Whole Foods Market, or a Farmer’s Market for that matter, the supplements I take have to insure coverage of what may be lacking in my daily diet, nutritious as it may well be.
Here are some basic nutrients and a few good reasons to add them to your daily routine.
Vitamins are the workhorses, rebuilding and repairing cell tissue and keeping our main illness prevention system - the immune system - healthy and strong. But there’s more. Vitamins A & D, both fat-soluble and essential. Frequently found together in nature, these two nutrients are responsible for immune system health on a cellular level, as well as maintenance of blood level calcium and bone strength.
The B Vitamins are a group of vitamins that all complement each other in maintaining the good health of our nervous system and even our skin and hair……….and much more. These vitamins are available in a “B Vitamin Complex” supplement. Your body will rapidly excrete what is not needed. Brewer’s yeast is a good source of B vitamins.
Vitamins C and E are so extremely important, and the late Linus Pauling was my hero. His research of Vitamin C means that we now know this vitamin (also known as ascorbic acid) is a most essential nutritional antioxidant, supporting our immune systems by fighting free radicals. I believe that Vitamin C works in the prevention of, or certainly the lessening, of the symptoms of cold and flu. How do I know? Because it happened to me.
Vitamin E is one of my favorites, because it delivers results you can see. Be SURE you get the NATURAL form of Vitamin E which would be “d-Alpha”, the natural form made from food sources. Always check the label. Once thought to be useless, Vitamin E is a wonderful healer inside and out and is excellent for keeping skin looking younger, longer. That alone makes it worth it’s weight in gold!
Antioxidants are simply a group of many vitamins and other nutrients who’s job it is to reduce free radical growth, or even stop it. Antioxidants are thought to be our strongest defense against free radical damage and even the aging process ... and that’s a good thing. We’ll discuss antioxidants in great length in the future, right here.
In addition to all the good stuff above, good nutrition in supplement form also includes many minerals, enzymes, amino acids and herbal sources. And that, friend, is why multi vitamin and mineral supplements are such a great way to cover all the bases……like an umbrella insurance plan for good health.