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Vitamins and micronutrients Reference sheet

VITAMINS AND
MICRONUTRIENTS FACT SHEET

VITAMIN A

  • Boosts immunity and enhances protection against a broad amount of pathogens

  • Helps suppress pro-inflammatory cytokines which play a role in osteoarthritis and other inflammatory diseases

  • Helps promote a healthy thyroid

  • Antioxidant that maintains healthy hair and skin

  • Helps prevent night blindness and other eye problems

VITAMIN B2 (RIBOFLAVIN)

  • Necessary for red blood cell formation

  • Needed for proper functioning of cardiovascular and nervous systems

  • Aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins

  • Helps to maintain the mucosa of the digestive tract

  • Helps in the absorption of iron and B6

  • Helps promote healthy vision, skin, hair and nails

  • Can help in reducing migraine attacks

VITAMIN B5 (PANTOTHENIC ACID, CALCIUM PANOTHENATE, PANTHENOL)

  • “The anti-stress” vitamin by enhancing the immune system and increasing the body’s ability to withstand stressful conditions

  • Important for the normal functioning of the adrenal glands and production of cortisone

  • Plays an important role in making up the enzymes that help release the energy from food

  • May aid in wound healing

  • May help in weight loss

B-COMPLEX

  • Contains Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid and Pyridoxine

VITAMIN B7 (BIOTIN)

  • One of the B vitamins required for the formation of glucose and fatty acids

  • Helps in the metabolism of amino acids and carbohydrates

  • Needed to maintain healthy hair, nails, skins, sweat glands, nerves, bone marrow, and normal bone growth

  • May help in glucose control in people with diabetes

  • May improve cholesterol

  • May elevate immune function in diabetics

VITAMIN D (ERGOCALCIFEROL)

  • Fat soluble vitamin that helps with healthy bones

  • Enhances the absorption of calcium and phosphorus

  • Inhibits the body’s inflammatory response

  • Can reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease

  • Can improve insulin resistance and sensitivity

ARGININE

  • Amino Acid that enhances the immune system

  • A component of collagen and is helpful in healing and repairing damaged skin and tissue

  • Aids in weight loss by reducing body fat and increasing muscle mass

  • Helps detoxify the liver by neutralizing ammonia

L-CARNITINE

  • Not used for protein synthesis, not a true amino acid

  • Helps with fat metabolism by transporting fatty acid chains to be used for energy

  • Can lower triglycerides

  • May help reduce fatigue

  • Enhances the effects of Vitamins E and C

  • Can slow cerebral aging

  • Protects against oxidative stress

CHOLINE

  • Essential nutrient that the body manufactures into other valuable biochemicals

  • Necessary for the structural integrity of cell membranes

  • May help improve cognitive functions like memory and behavior

  • May help fight inflammation

COPPER

  • Forms part of the hemoglobin molecule

  • Helps form connective tissues like collagen and elastin

  • May protect against Alzheimer’s Disease

  • May inhibit demineralization of tooth enamel

D-RIBOSE

  • Sugar involved in producing energy in the body

  • Can improve heart function

  • Enhances recovery of energy reserves after high intensity exercise

  • May reduce the pain of fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Helps build muscle

GLUTATHIONE

  • Powerful antioxidant sometimes called the Master Antioxidant

  • Made and stored in the liver

  • Detoxifies free radicals and excretes through bile

  • Helps maintain the integrity of red and white blood cells

  • Levels decrease as the body ages

INOSITOL

  • Helps in removal of fats from the liver

  • Important in the metabolism of fat and cholesterol

  • Vital for hair growth

MAGNESIUM

  • Magnesium is vital for the nervous system, muscle contraction and the formation of healthy bones and teeth

  • Used in cellular energy production and protein production

  • Plays a major role in glucose metabolism

  • May help protect against cardiovascular disease

  • Can aid in lower blood pressure

  • Can lower insulin resistance

  • May help with migraines

  • May benefit restless legs syndrome

METHIONINE

  • Essential amino acid helps break down fats

  • Detoxifies certain heavy metals like lead

  • Good for skin, hair, and nails

  • Helps reduce histamine levels

  • Helps to prevent glutathione depletion

NAC (N-ACETYL-CYSTEINE)

  • Needed to produce glutathione

  • Functions as a detoxifying agent by the liver

  • May reduce risk of insulin resistance

  • May improve the intestinal barrier decreasing risk of “Leaky Gut”

SELENIUM

  • Essential trace element necessary for growth and protein synthesis

  • Increases the effects of Vitamin E and acts as an antioxidant

  • Works in conjunction of Glutathione to protect against oxidative stress

  • May help prevent heart disease

  • Increases levels of “good” cholesterol and lowering “bad” cholesterol

  • Can decrease the risk of stroke

  • May offer some protection against cognitive decline

THEANINE

  • Component in Green tea

  • Relaxing effect

  • May support the immune system

ZINC

  • Vital ingredient of more than 300 enzymes needed for a healthy immune system, cell reproduction, synthesizing proteins, and protects against free radicals

  • Considered a major element in assuring the correct functioning of an organism, from the very first embryonic stages to the last periods of life

  • May improve glycemic control in diabetics

  • Plays an important role in wound healing

  • May have anti-viral properties

  • Promotes resistance to infections

ONDANSETRON

  • Prevents nausea and vomiting

  • Given slow IV push

VITAMIN B1 (THIAMINE)

  • Converts carbohydrates into energy

  • Essential in heart, muscle, and nerve tissue

  • Vital role in transmission of certain nerve signals between the brain and spinal cord

  • Aids in digestion

VITAMIN B3 (NIACIN, NICOTINIC ACID, NIACINAMIDE)

  • Needed for proper circulation and healthy skin

  • Vital for the energy release process in tissues and cells

  • Can help protect the brain from Alzheimer’s and improve memory

  • Helps to maintain healthy nervous and digestive systems

  • Can help improve cholesterol levels

VITAMIN B6 (PYRIDOXINE)

  • This vitamin is involved in more body functions that almost any other nutrient by activating many enzymes

  • Necessary for the production of hydrochloric acid and the absorption of fats and protein in the cells

  • Aids in the absorption of Vitamin B12

  • Aids in the immune system and antibody production, “Anti-stress” vitamin

  • Inhibits the formation of homocysteine, maintaining heart and cardiovascular health

  • Acts as a mild diuretic

  • Can decrease risk of colon cancer

VITAMIN B12 (METHYLCOBALAMIN, CYANOCOBALAMIN)

  • Required for the production of red and white blood cells and platelets

  • Required for the metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates necessary for cell growth and correct cell functioning

  • Decreases levels of homocysteine helping to protect against stroke, thromboembolism, osteoporosis, inflammatory bowel disease diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.

  • “Anti-stress” vitamin by enhancing the immune system

VITAMIN C (ASCORBIC ACID)

  • Water soluble vitamin that is an antioxidant

  • Boosts immune system

  • Protects against free radical cellular damage (free radical damage contributes to the aging process)

  • Vital for formation and maintenance of collagen for healthy skin

  • May be useful in preventing cardiovascular disease by helping raise the “good” cholesterol and preventing the “bad” cholesterol from oxidizing.

  • Improves nitric oxide activity

  • May help reduce blood pressure

  • May help lower risk of stroke

VITAMIN E (TOCOPHERAL)

  • Potent antioxidant by guarding against oxidative stress and free radical damage

  • May slow the rate of mental decline

  • May boost the immune system and reduces scarring

  • Can increase stamina in athletes

  • May improve the action of insulin

CALCIUM

  • Required for the maintenance of many body functions including transmission of nerve impulses, muscle contraction and relaxation, blood clotting and various metabolic processes

  • Necessary for strong bones and teeth

  • Protects against osteoporosis

  • May help reduce risk of colorectal cancer

  • May help to maintain a healthy weight

CARNOSINE

  • Amino Acid that helps decrease oxidation stress and inflammation

  • May help in combating Diabetes

  • Found naturally in brain tissue, heart, skin, muscles, kidneys, and stomach

CHROMIUM

  • Essential trace mineral that helps the body to make glucose available for energy

  • Helps maintain normal blood sugar levels

  • Important in metabolism of fats and amino acids

COQ 10

  • Powerful antioxidant found in every cell of the body in the mitochondria

  • Helps the heart to use energy in a more efficient manner

  • Plays a vital role in energy production

  • Can lower blood pressure

  • Can decrease cardiovascular risk in metabolic syndrome

  • May decrease production of senile plaques in Alzheimer’s Disease

  • May decrease progression of Parkinson’s Disease

GLUTAMINE

  • Most common amino acid found in the body

  • Its creation helps clear ammonia from muscle and tissue

  • Helps strengthen the lining of the intestinal tract so that nutrition is better absorbed

  • Preserves Glutathione in the liver

  • Enhances antioxidant protection

GLYCYRRHIZIC ACID

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Anti-viral

  • Helps support adrenal glands

LYSINE

  • Essential amino acid needed for the building block of all protein and, therefore, building muscle protein

  • Aids in calcium absorption

  • Helps maintain proper nitrogen balance in adults

  • The body does not manufacture Lysine, so it needs to be absorbed from the diet or supplements

  • Ability to fight the Herpes Virus and/or prevent outbreaks

MANGANESE

  • Essential trace mineral

  • Acts as a cofactor in many enzyme reactions

  • Needed for the pancreas to function normally

  • Required for normal carbohydrate metabolism

  • Important in the formation of thyroxin, a hormone secreted by the thyroid

MSM (METHYLSULFONYLMETHANE)

  • Can reduce inflammation

  • May ease joint pain, stiffness and swelling

  • May increase glutathione levels

  • May reduce pain, muscle damage and oxidative stress after intense exercise

  • Helps nourish skin hair and nails

QUERCITIN

  • A plant based derivative that can help with the absorption of Vitamin C

  • Indirectly has an antioxidant effect

  • Helps regulate the immune system’s response to outside stressors

  • Anti-inflammatory properties

  • Antihistamine effects

  • Helps maintain small blood vessel walls

TAURINE

  • Amino Acid that is a building block for the other amino acids

  • Key component of bile which is needed for digestion of fats, absorption of fat soluble vitamins, and control of cholesterol

  • Protective effect on the brain

  • With Zinc helps maintain eye function

TRYPTOPHAN

  • Essential amino acid that is necessary for the production of Niacin 

  • Helps produce serotonin a necessary neurotransmitter

  • Helps combat depression and stabilizes moods

  • Helps with insomnia

KETOROLAC

  • NSAID (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory)

  • Pain reliever

  • Given slow IV push

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