Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays numerous roles in the body, including normal visual function, immune system health, cellular communication, and organ health.*
Vitamin C is a well-known water-soluble vitamin. Vitamin C is critical for health and wellness as it acts as antioxidant to fight off free radicals and to regenerate Vitamin E. As an immune boosting nutrient, Vitamin C helps encourage the production of white blood cells (lymphocytes and phagocytes) which help protect the body against infection. Vitamin C may also be linked to cardiovascular health by naturally promoting nitric oxide (NO) production and vasodilation.*
Vitamin C is essential for tissue growth and repair due to its role in the formation of collagen, the body’s main structural protein.* This essential vitamin is cofactor in the biosynthesis of neurotransmitters, enzymes, and L-carnitine, an amino acid involved in the utilization of fatty acids as fuel.*
Also called the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D plays a central role in bone health by facilitating the absorption and metabolism of critical dietary minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphate and zinc.* Optimal Vitamin D levels are associated with strong bone density. Vitamin D has also been shown to play a role in mood and cognition, as well as supporting healthy immune and cardiovascular functions.*
Vitamin E is vital in maintaining health and is involved in healthy immune system function. Known for its antioxidant activity, which is the process of quenching damaging free radicals, this fat-soluble nutrient supports cellular and vascular health.*
Vitamin B6 is a co-factor involved an array of biological processes, and functions as a catalyst in over 100 enzymes, including those involved neurotransmitter function and energy metabolism.*
Vitamin B-12 is a water-soluble vitamin critical for the function and maintenance of a healthy nervous system, and for the production of energy from the food we eat.* Vitamin B-12 is also essential in an array of biological functions, including hemoglobin and red blood cell formation and DNA synthesis.* Natural dietary sources of B-12 are primarily of animal origin, thereby making B-12 supplementation important for vegans and some vegetarians.
Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin in the B family, and is necessary for proper biosynthesis of the protein, keratin, structural components present in your hair, skin and nails. A nutrient critical for normal growth and development, Biotin also plays a pivotal role in the metabolism of amino acids, fatty acids, and glucose, and supports a normal immune system function.*
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B-5)
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B-5) is vital for the function and maintenance of cellular metabolism.* A component of coenzyme A, Pantothenic Acid is essential in energy production, in the metabolism of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, and is key in the biosynthesis of red blood cells, hormones, and the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.*
Iodine is necessary for normal, healthy function of the thyroid, the gland which governs cellular metabolism and energy production.*
Zinc is an essential mineral that is involved in numerous functions throughout the body. In fact, healthy growth and development cannot happen without it. Enzymatic reactions, cellular signaling, normal organ function, skeletal and joint formation, and even DNA synthesis all rely on zinc*. Often paired with vitamin C, zinc is usually the main ingredient in seasonal immunity support formulas.
Meat, like beef, lamb, and pork all are reliable sources of zinc. Nuts, legumes, seeds, dairy products and eggs, are other notable places to find dietary sources of zinc. Unfortunately, in general, fruits and vegetables are not great sources of this all-star mineral, leaving vegans, vegetarians and other plant-forward diets in jeopardy of needing supplemental zinc.