Multivitamins Provide Essentials for Nutrition
Multivitamins are designed to supplement a healthy diet with basic nutritional needs. To maintain good health, we need a variety of vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids, and other micronutrients.
A healthy, balanced diet provides the essentials for good micronutrition. However, it can be impractical to obtain a proper dose of all these nutrients. Our diets are often far from balanced. Most people don’t even obtain even the minimal amounts of micronutients needed to adequately support health, let alone the amounts needed to function at an optimal level.
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Nutrients to Keep Your Body Strong
A variety of vitamins and antioxidants are necessary to maintain balance, for example:
- Vitamin D-3 for colon health and immune support
- B-vitamins for cardiovascular health and energy support
- Selenium, lycopene and vitamin E to support prostate health in men
- Lutein to support eye health.
Recommended Daily Values (DV)
The “essential” vitamins and minerals, as defined by nutrition experts, are those that are needed for metabolic function, but are not manufactured by our bodies. We must obtain these ingredients from outside sources, so they are “essential” in our diets.
Multiple Vitamins often contain Vitamins A, C, D, E, K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Biotin, Panthothenic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Iodine, Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Chromium and Potassium. Premium formulations such as GNC contain larger percentages of these, as well as additional nutrients.
Some major components of most multivitamins:
Vitamin E is a family of essential fat-soluble nutrients (tocopherols) that act as powerful antioxidants.
B-complex vitamins are fundamental to energy production, metabolism, growth, and maintenance of normal homocysteine levels, provided they are normal to begin with.*
Zinc is involved in carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism, as well as DNA and RNA replication. Zinc functions as an antioxidant; aids in retaining healthy bone structure development, healthy immune function, and healthy vision.*
Selenium is an essential component of the glutathione peroxidase antioxidant system, which helps combat the effects of free radicals and plays an important role in thyroid hormone metabolism. Selenium has also been shown to help support a healthy immune system.*
Magnesium is essential for the formation and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, which is where 70 percent of the body’s magnesium is found.*
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Health and Endurance is a former distributor of USANA EssentialsTM multivitamins for adults, Body RoxTM for teens, and UsanimalsTM children’s vitamins for kids. All are daily multiple vitamins with antioxidants.