Multivitamins & Minerals - Eating Foods To Fuel
might think that you eat healthy, so you probably get all the required
vitamins from food. But even fresh fruit loses vitamins by the hour.
By the time fresh fruit gets to the store, sits on a shelf, is purchased,
sits in the refrigerator, is cooked, and finally eaten, only a very
small fraction of the nutritional value is left to be absorbed.
The vital vitamins and minerals in the food supply today have been
extremely diminished making most diets very nutritionally poor.
Many nutritional experts agree that even if one were
to eat 100% raw and organic fruits and vegetables, picked and eaten
same-day straight from farmland, decades of farming has left large
amounts of contracted land depleted, identifying exactly what is
missing and how to replenish just that is needed.
Vitamins are organic substances that are present in minute quantities
in foodstuffs and are required for metabolism. Most plants can synthesize
all vitamins they need, but human bodies cannot make them and must
rely on dietary intake. Vitamins yield no energy for the body, but
they facilitate energy-yielding chemical reaction and promote body
growth and development. Your body uses vitamins to do many things,
like help you grow and develop. It needs vitamins to help your blood
clot when you get a cut. Some vitamins help us make energy. Vitamins
are even involved in making sure you can see in color, the world
would look black and white without them! And if you've ever wondered
what helps make your teeth healthy and strong, then you'll be sure
to smile when you find out it's, guess what, vitamins!
needs vitamins to work, grow, and develop properly, which makes
them extremely important on a daily basis. But it doesn't stop there.
The human body also requires vitamins to do many things, such as
ward off disease, boost immune system response, and even improve
overall moods! When the skin gets a cut, the human body needs a
good number of vitamins to clot. When one gets sick, the body requires
a more than average amount of vitamins to help fight the virus (it
is good to note here again that the typical diet does not even provide
the average amount of vitamins needed on a daily basis). Some vitamins
even help produce energy throughout the body.
Since generally we cannot synthesize vitamins or can
only do so in amounts insufficient to meet our body needs, they
must be obtained from the diet or from some synthetic source, hence
vitamins are called essential nutrients. Since the body simply cannot
make many of the vitamins it needs, a good liquid multivitamin is
crucial. If a vitamin is absent from the diet or is not properly
absorbed by an organism, a specific deficiency disease may develop
or the individual may feel tired, irritable and may not be as mentally
Types of Vitamins
There are two groups of essential vitamins, each classified according
to the materials in which they will dissolve. Fat-soluble vitamins,
A, D, E and K, dissolve in fat before they are absorbed in the blood
stream and are stored in the liver. Water-soluble vitamins on the
other hand dissolve in water, are not stored and are eliminated
regularly in urine. We, therefore, need a continuous supply of these
vitamins. The water-soluble vitamins are the B-complex group and
vitamin C. Water-soluble vitamins are easily destroyed or washed
out during food storage or preparation (heat, light, etc). To reduce
vitamin loss, refrigerate fresh produce, keep milk and grains away
from strong light, and use the cooking water from vegetables to
Besides vitamins, there is also something similar
called provitamins. A provitamin is similar in structure to a specific
vitamin and can be converted to it by a few metabolic reactions,
for example, beta-carotene can be converted to vitamin A; 7-dehydrocholesterol
into vitamin D3. The amino acid tryptophan is called a precursor
of the vitamin nicotinic acid because the conversion pathway is
less direct than that of a provitamin.
While our sufficient human systems can produce some vitamins, minerals
are one thing our bodies can't manufacture. Some minerals can be
inhaled from the air or absorbed through the skin, but the quantities
are so minute that they are almost irrelevant. This makes many minerals
essential micro-nutrients we need to get them in pure form from
Minerals are part of all body tissues and fluids. Although they
make up only a small component, minerals are necessary for most
physiological functions the body performs to sustain itself. You
need them for proper nerve responses, muscle contractions, to help
maintain body's fluid balance, regulate electrolyte and hormone
balance, and keep metabolism of all nutrients in check.
Types of Minerals
There are two types of minerals: trace and major. A trace mineral
is one that must be present in the diet, but only in very small
amounts. Major minerals are called "major" not because
of importance, but because the body requires them in larger amounts.
These are found in the human body in amounts larger than 5g.
Major minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus,
Trace minerals: Iodine, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Fluoride, Chromium,
Molybdenum, Nickel, Silicon, Cobalt, Boron
Forms of Minerals
You may find two general types of mineral compound in supplements,
organic and inorganic. Organic mineral compounds, like vitamins,
contain a carbon atom and may be better absorbed then inorganic
forms. Organic mineral compounds include amino acid chelates, ascorbates,
aspartates, carbonates, citrates, fumarates, gluconates, gycinates,
lactates, orotates and picolinates. Inorganic forms of minerals
include chlorides, hydroxides, oxides, phosphates and sulfates.
Diet Or Supplements?
a wide variety of healthy foods from all five groups (grains and
legumes, meats, eggs, and fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables) every
day is the best way to get your vitamins and minerals. The best
way would be consuming nourishing ingredients from organic unprocessed
foods harvested and prepared right before meals. But with our increasingly
time-deficient culture, most people tend to get their convenient
foods from supermarkets and fast-food chains. Additionally, most
foods are now grown on soils depleted by years of intensive farming,
without proper understanding of organic principles of land use and
ecology, and this is worsened by the fact that a lot of foods come
canned, stored for long periods, or cooked improperly. No wonder
that the balanced diet part of the "health" equation seems
hard to achieve.
Considering that stress, alcohol, cigarettes, air pollution and
even poor diet itself all place a further burden on the body rapidly
depleting the stores of many minerals, our tension-thriving society
needs reconsider our mineral supply.
The Solution: Eat ORGANIC and take a LIQUID MULTIVITAMIN or
Supplements, as the word clearly states, are meant to supplement
a highly varied diet of whole, unprocessed foods. If you eat a relatively
healthy well-rounded diet made of organic fresh products, live a
stress-free life, get enough rest, drink fresh clean water and breathe
unpolluted air, then you probably can match you nutrient requirements
closer to the target. For example, you can get the bioflavonoids
from citrus fruits but you may not know exactly how much vitamin
C you are getting and how much citrus you will need to take per
day to get enough of both whereas you will with synthetic vitamins.
I suggest, the best way to get all the vitamins you need is in a
high-quality liquid multivitamin.
Supplements made in laboratory have two advantages: dose consistency
and purity. In nature, one orange may contain 50 mg of vitamin C
and another may contain only 10 mg. It depends on where it was grown,
when it was harvested and under what conditions it was transported
and stored. Conversely, nutritional supplement companies must guarantee
that their products deliver precisely what is on the label.
Quality in vitamins and nutrients is extremely hard to quantify.
The list of ingredients and their amounts listed on the label is
important, but what is found in a pill wouldn't necessarily end
up in the body. In other words, a large amount of micronutrients
coming from the pill would not be absorbed, but will be excreted
in urine and feces. Vitamin supplements are most effective in liquid
form because liquids absorb 5 times better than do pills.