Vitamins and Minerals
Our good health depends on having optimum vitamin and mineral intake.
Despite our best intentions, it can be hard to always eat right, so it's nice to know we have the support of supplements when we need them.
We host an extensive range of vitamin and mineral supplementation, as well as omega 3’s, greens and ‘superfoods’ to improve your health from the inside out.
It can be difficult to know what to choose, so use our guide below to help you on your way.
WHAT ARE VITAMINS AND MINERALS?
Vitamins and minerals are types of essential micronutrients which the body needs to function well. They all have different roles in the body, but work best together, when in the right amounts. They can influence everything from energy metabolism and immune response to hormone production and digestion.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS?
FISH OILS AND OMEGAS
Typically omegas help to balance out inflammation in the body, and there is a strong clinical evidence base for omega 3 (particularly DHA + EPA) supporting both brain and heart health in the longer term.
GREENS AND SUPERFOODS
On top of a nutrient-dense diet and appropriate supplementation, we can optimise our health with the addition of green powders and ‘superfoods’. Green powders are usually rich in valuable micronutrients and specific superfoods can support our general health in various ways.
IMMUNE SYSTEM HEALTH
We rely on adequate intake of key nutrients to allow our immune system to do its job of protecting us against threats. For example, vitamin D helps support our production of immune cells and reduces unnecessary inflammation in the body which can reduce general immune function.
We often focus on vitamins when we think about micronutrients, but actually, minerals are just as crucial. For example, magnesium can increase our energy, improve our sleep and help to reduce the stress hormone cortisol.
Nutrients work best together, so multivitamins allow us to get a good range of vitamins to support our general health. They can help to top up our daily diet and support areas from energy to immunity.
Specific vitamins can be useful for individual needs - for example, B12 is essential for vegans and Iron can be a real asset to women under 50.
WHY DO WE NEED VITAMINS AND MINERALS?
We need vitamins and minerals because they impact every area of our health and we cannot function well without them. The body cannot make its own version of many nutrients and therefore it requires us to get them via our diets.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN SOURCES OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS?
We can find vitamins and minerals in all food groups, especially in wholefoods such as dairy, complex carbs and healthy proteins and fats. But also, we find a wide range of nutrients in fruits, vegetables, as well as spices and herbs.
CAN I GET ALL VITAMINS AND MINERALS FROM A VEGAN DIET?
You can eat really well as a vegan, but you have to be careful to plan your diet to cover all your nutrient needs. It is necessary to supplement with B12, and many vegans also need additional Vitamin D, Omega 3, Calcium and Iron.
ARE VITAMINS AND MINERALS VEGAN?
We can get many vitamins and minerals from plant-based sources, but there are a few exceptions, for example, B12 is hard to find outside of animal products, and other nutrients can be lacking, which is why appropriate supplementation is key.
ARE OMEGA AND FISH OIL THE SAME THING?
Omega 3 can be found in both fish oil and plant-based sources. But the omega 3 in nuts and seeds is in the ALA form which first needs converting into DHA/EPA for the body to use. Fish oils are the best source of DHA/EPA, but vegans can also get this through algae supplements.