THE BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF VITAMINS

  • Manufacture of collagen
    – Important protein for the structures that hold our bodies together (connective tissue, cartilage, tendons, etc.)
    – Vital for wound repair, healthy gums, and the prevention of easy bruising
  • Immune function
  • Manufacture of certain nerve transmitting substances and hormones
  • Carnitine synthesis
  • The absorption and utilization of other nutritional factors
  • Nutritional antioxidant
  • Increases the absorption of iron

Thiamin (Vitamin B1)

  • Functions as part of an enzyme (thiamin pyrophosphate, or TPP) essential for energy production, carbohydrate metabolism, and nerve cell function

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

  • Crucial in the production of energy
  • Involved in regenerating glutathione, one of the main cellular protectors against free-radical damage

Niacin (Vitamin B3)

  • Essential in the production of energy
  • Involved in the regulation of blood sugar, antioxidant mechanisms, and detoxification reactions
  • Niacin supplementation exerts a favorable effect on several health conditions, especially high cholesterol levels

Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)

  • Exerts a beneficial effect on utilization of fats and carbohydrates in energy production and in the manufacture of adrenal hormones and red blood cells

Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)

  • The human body requires vitamin B6 for the proper functioning of more than 60 different enzymes
  • Plays a vital role in the multiplication of all cells and is, therefore, of critical importance to a healthy pregnancy and proper functioning immune system, mucous membrane, skin, and red blood cells
  • Plays a critical role in brain chemistry because it is involved in the manufacture of all amino acid neurotransmitters (e.g., serotonin, dopamine, melatonin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, etc.)

Cobalamin (Vitamin B12)

  • Works with folic acid in many body processes, including the synthesis of DNA, red blood cells, and the insulation sheath (the myelin sheath) that surrounds nerve cells and speeds the conduction of the signals along nerve cells
  • Helps prevent heart disease through decreasing homocysteine levels (an independent risk factor for heart disease and osteoporosis)
  • Enhances the utilization of carbohydrates, fats, and protein thereby increasing energy levels
  • Needed for a healthy nervous system, useful for depression, fatigue, Alzheimer’s, and anemia

Biotin (Vitamin B7)

  • Metabolism of sugar, fat, and amino acids
  • Involved in the utilization of glucose, the breakdown and utilization of fatty acids in energy metabolism, the removal of the amine group in the metabolism of amino acids, cell growth and replication
  • Promotes strong nails and healthy hair

Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)

  • Reduces the body’s concentration of homocysteine, a compound implicated in a variety of conditions, including atherosclerosis and osteoporosis
  • Preventions or treatment of neural tube defects, atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, cervical dysplasia, and depression

Choline

  • Essential for proper liver function
  • Exerts a “lipotropic” effect, which means it promotes export of fat from the liver
  • Increases the accumulation of acetylcholine within the brain. Acetylcholine is an important brain chemical utilized in many brain processes, including memory

Inositol

  • Exerts a “lipotropic” effect, which means it promotes export of fat from the liver
  • Necessary for proper nerve, brain, and muscle function
  • Demonstrates impressive anti-cancer effects

Calcium

  • Builds healthy bones
  • May serve as a protective factor against high blood pressure and colon cancer

Magnesium

  • Critical to many cellular functions, including energy production, protein formation, and cellular replication
  • Lowers blood pressure and lead to more efficient heart function
  • Catalyzes most chemical reactions in the body
  • Transmits nerve signals
  • Relaxes muscles

Zinc

  • Proper immune function
  • Wound healing – aids in protein synthesis and cell growth following trauma (burns, surgery, wounds, etc.)
  • Sensory function – maintenance of vision, taste, and smell
  • Sexual function – critical to healthy male sex hormone and prostate function
  • Skin health

Chromium

  • Critical to proper insulin action and blood sugar levels
  • Treatment of elevated blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Promotion of weight loss
  • Treatment of acne

Copper

  • Aids in the formation of bone, hemoglobin, and red blood cells, therefore enabling the efficient transport of oxygen throughout the body
  • Works in  balance  with  vitamin  C  and  zinc  to  manufacture  elastin  (skin protein) as well as collagen and other structured proteins in cartilage and tendons. It is also involved in the healing process, energy production, hair and skin coloring (production of melanin) and taste sensitivity
  • Stimulates the   absorption   of   iron   through   copper   transport   protein ceruloplasm. Aids in the metabolism of several fatty acids and helps prevent oxidative damage by serving as a cofactor to superoxide dismutase
  • Needed for proper insulation (myelination) of nerve cells and serves as a cofactor for the synthesis of norepinephrine

Manganese

  • Blood sugar control, energy metabolism, and thyroid hormone function
  • Antioxidant activity

Selenium

  • Antioxidant
  • Involved in the production of thyroid hormone
  • Antagonistic to heavy metals like lead, mercury, aluminum, and cadmium

L-Carnitine

  • An essential nutrient – an amino acid – that is needed by the body to convert fats into energy

Coenzyme Q10

  • Ability to improve energy production and act as an antioxidant
  • Beneficial in the  prevention and  treatment of  cardiovascular disease and cancer
  • Exerts a sparing effect on vitamin E and works together with vitamin E in preventing damage to lipid membranes and plasma
  • May offer significant protection against atherosclerosis by preventing lipid peroxide formation and oxidation of LDL cholesterol

Alpha Lipoic Acid

  • Involved in the conversion of carbohydrates to energy
  • Antioxidant
  • Blood sugar control
  • Brain health

Glutathione

  • Antioxidant – helps body fight free radicals
  • Regenerates other antioxidants such as vitamins C and E
  • Helps eliminate or neutralize toxins
  • Fortifies the immune system
  • Skin health

Methionine

  • Aids in the metabolism of fat in the liver
  • May also help to prevent fatigue
  • May also help to lower cholesterol

NAD

  • Mental clarity, alertness, concentration, and memory
  • Energy production and endurance
  • Boost the immune system
  • Reduce signs of aging
  • Oppose alcohol’s effects on the liver

Taurine

  • Conditional amino acid produced by the body – reducing muscle damage and promoting the production of lean muscle
  • As an important regulator of cellular charge, plays a critical role in maintaining cell membrane stability – regulating heartbeat, helps to prevent brain cell overactivity, and essential in the visual process.
  • Production of cellular energy