While many promise to boost our health and bodily functions, and can provide our bodies with vitamins, minerals and nutrients we may be lacking, it is important to remember that the key is in the name. Supplements are designed to do just that: help What we’re already getting from our diets, and don’t completely replace those sources.
Think of them as the helping hands of our diets, making sure we’re getting exactly what we need in order for us to function as they should.
With so many supplement varieties on offer, it can be difficult to determine which one we should be taking. The first step is always to talk to your doctor or health care professional to make sure everything you choose to take is healthy for you and your individual situation.
Benefits of going plant based
Right now, more and more people are turning to plant-based supplements like the new Vital Supplements range. 100 percent pant-based, each supplement in the range is highly bioavailable, meaning they’re gentle on the digestive tract and likely to be better absorbed by our bodies than their synthetic counterparts.
Each vegetarian, vegan supplement is derived from natural, whole food, standardized ingredients, and contains additional micronutrients that benefit our bodies and overall wellness when compared to synthetic vitamins and minerals.
Available in three vitamin and mineral varieties (iron, calcium and vitamin D), this is why these plant-based supplements have earned a place in our morning routines.
Our bodies depend on iron to make hemoglobin, the part of the blood that carries oxygen around our bodies. It is also an essential mineral for our energy levels, mental function and even muscle strength.
Fatigue or dizziness can be a sign of low iron levels or even an iron deficiency, so it’s important to talk to your doctor if you start to develop any of these symptoms. A simple blood test can determine whether you may benefit from taking an iron supplement.
Vital Iron naturally boosts iron levels in the body and is made from a 100 percent plant-based source of iron extracted from curry leaves. It is gentle on the stomach and highly bioavailable, which means it is easily absorbed by the body. It contains vitamin C from the acerola fruit and iron from leafy greens like spinach leaves, broccoli sprouts and asparagus, which are naturally high in the mineral.
Essential for building and maintaining strong bones, our heart, muscles and nerves also need calcium to function properly.
We don’t produce calcium on our own, so we must get it from other sources, such as dairy products and dark leafy vegetables. Calcium supplements may be needed for people who follow a plant-based diet, are lactose intolerant, or for women at risk of osteoporosis as they enter menopause.
Vital Calcium uses Aquamin® Forte as a source of plant-based calcium, which is derived from 100 percent seaweed harvested from the North Atlantic sea level in the wild, remote seas of northwest Iceland. In addition, it also contains magnesium and 17 other trace minerals to promote overall health and wellbeing.
Our bodies need vitamin D to be able to absorb calcium, so these two supplements often go hand in hand. While this is the main function of vitamin D, it also plays a role in supporting the immune system and maintaining healthy skin and muscles.
While fatty fish and mushrooms are rich sources of vitamin D, our body produces most of the vitamin when our skin is exposed to sunlight, with some people needing a supplement to increase their levels.
Vital Vitamin D uses Vitashine D3™, the world’s only Vegan Society and Vegetarian Society registered Vitamin D3. This is a special oily extract of lichen, which is naturally rich in Vitamin D3 and fatty acids.
It also contains five types of mushrooms, including shiitake, turkey tail and silver ear fungus, which are a known, natural source of vitamin D and micronutrients to support immune system function and general health and wellbeing.
Always read the label. Follow the instructions for use.
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