Originally published July 14 2008
Multivitamins Explained: Supplementing Can Help You Reach Optimal Health
by Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D.
(NaturalNews) Everyone needs a balanced diet! Everyone requires proteins, carbohydrates, fats, fibers, vitamins, minerals and amino acids every day. The right diet can strengthen the muscles and bones as well as improve overall health. Vitamins are vital substances that are required for normal growth and functioning of the body. They are equally essential for adults and children of all age groups. During childhood and pregnancy, the need for vitamins increases, thus it is essential to take multivitamin supplements, which can help restore the lost vitamins and minerals in your daily diet.
Why do we need multivitamins?
Let's face it, due to the nutritionally depleted foods available to us, the fatty foods that we eat "on the go", along with everyday stress, toxins in the environment, and foods offered at most grocery stores, our bodies lack the vitamins and minerals we require. Many people eat food that is "dead food", food that does not offer any nutritional value whatsoever. Our bodies are literally starved of proper nutrients. Even when we obtain our food from natural sources, depletion of nutrients in the soil has made it increasingly difficult to get enough amounts of nutrients from our food. Therefore, we all need to supplement in addition to our daily food intake.
Benefits of taking multivitamins
There are a total of 13 essential vitamins, including vitamin A, B-complex, C, D, E and K. Each vitamin plays a unique role in improving and maintaining your health. Multivitamin supplements play a crucial role in all metabolic process of the body, and they assist in energy generation, growth, reproduction and health of body cells. A good multivitamin is the foundation of health and nutrition.
Multivitamin supplements are specially designed to provide a variety of essential nutrients to the body. Daily intake of multivitamin supplements is suggested to prevent vitamin deficiencies. Pregnant women are advised to start intake of prenatal multivitamins in their first trimester in order to receive proper nutrition and pass it on to the fetus. In addition to these benefits, multivitamins can reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Now let us take a look at the benefits of each multivitamin supplement. Vitamin A plays a significant role in normal cell production, improving the vision, healthy growth and development of embryo and fetus, proper development of bones and brain, blood cell formation, and proper functioning of immune system. Vitamin B-complex includes vitamin B1 (Thiamine), vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), vitamin B3 (Niacin), vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid), vitamin B6 (Pyridoxin), Biotin, Folic Acid and Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin). Every vitamin B-complex vitamin with its unique chemical structure serves a unique function in our body. Vitamins B1, B2, B3 and biotin play a significant role in energy generation. Vitamin B6 is necessary for regulation of different metabolic processes.
Vitamin C includes both L-dehydroascorbic acid and L-ascorbic acid. Vitamin C plays a crucial role in the formation of connective tissues such as collagen, which strengthens many body parts including blood vessels, muscles and internal organs. Vitamin C is also necessary for the synthesis of important connective tissues such as elastin, bone, fibrillin and fibronectin. It can improve the ability of the body for absorption, transportation and storage of iron. Vitamin C is popular for its antioxidant properties that can prevent certain degenerative disorders.
Vitamin D is vital for bone mineralization and proper skeletal development. It contributes a lot in strengthening the immune system and assisting the formation of blood cells. Vitamin D can protect the body from numerous health conditions such as autoimmune diseases, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and juvenile diabetes. Vitamin E or tocopherol is a potent antioxidant that can protect the cell membranes and other fat-soluble parts of the body. It can also enhance the functioning of immune system and help protect the body from cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer.
Vitamin K is a group of vitamin K1, K2 and K3. It plays an important role in blood clotting and bone metabolism. Calcium is one of the most essential minerals to maintain good health. It is essential for proper development of bones and for nerve function, blood coagulation, normal functioning of heart, energy generation, muscle contraction and proper immune function.
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About the authorLeigh Erin Connealy, M.D. has specialized in Integrative Medicine for over twenty years, using conventional and natural methods to determine and discover the "root of the cause" in her clinic, Center for New Medicine in Irvine, California, each and every day. Many people come in to the clinic from all over the world with severe chronic illnesses that conventional medical protocols have been unsuccessful treating. She realized early on that she can truly change lives through education as well as treatment protocols.
Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D. and her medical staff strives to look at the whole person while exploring the effects and relationships among nutrition, psychological and social factors, environmental effects and personal attunement. Out of frustration of trying to find the right products to help her patients she formulated the perfectlyhealthy brand of products. All perfectlyhealthy products are clinically tested. For more information on recommended products, please visit www.perfectlyhealthy.net or www.perfectlyhealthy.com.
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