While all vitamins and minerals are important for your health, we have a special few that we like to load into our diet through natural sources. Each of these nutrients have unique health-boosting properties that power us through each and every day with plenty of energy, vitality and focus. They can be easily added to your daily diet through plant-based food sources, superfood powders and natural dietary supplements. Check out our top 5 nutrients for great health (and where you can get ’em):
B vitamins: B vitamins are responsible for many metabolic processes in the body and are essential for overall energy and vitality. They help to regulate the digestive system and convert food sources into energy. The level of B vitamins in your body can become depleted through exercise, stress, poor diet or even on days when you’re stretching yourself too thin. To keep your body’s cells energised and your mind focused, a healthy intake of B vitamins is key.
Best sources of B vitamins: Luckily, B vitamins are widely distributed throughout the food supply so if you’re eating a varied, balanced diet that includes foods from all food groups, you’re most likely getting ample B vitamin intake. However, if you are on a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, you may like to consider supplementing with vitamin B12 as this can only be consumed through animal food sources.
Vitamin C: Apart from giving your immune system a good ole’ boost and helping ward off colds and flu, vitamin C is also a super antioxidant and a natural detoxifier. In addition to these healthy qualities, it is required for synthesis of collagen in the body. Collagen is the most abundant protein in your skin and good amounts will give you a glowing complexion, as well as healthy blood vessels, tendons, ligaments and bone. It’s fair to say that vitamin C is an absolute winner!
Best sources of vitamin C: Red peppers, kale, brussel sprouts, broccoli, citrus fruits.
Vitamin D: …Aka the sunshine vitamin (because the body cannot produce vitamin D in the body without sufficient sunshine). Vitamin D can be thought of as a hormone rather than a vitamin for its role in numerous different pathways in the body. Every cell in your body needs vitamin D. We can’t get the amount of vitamin D we truly need from food alone so if your sunny days are few and far between, you may need to consider supplementing.
Best sources of vitamin D: Hellooo Mr. Sunshine!
Calcium: Not only important for bone and tooth strength, calcium also has a positive impact on blood pressure, heart health, body weight and skin health. The bones in your body store calcium, which is released from your bones when blood calcium is depleted. This is why the majority of symptoms of calcium deficiency are related to poor bone and dental health.
Best sources of calcium: Leafy greens, legumes, chia & sesame seeds, tofu, fish, sea vegetables.
Magnesium: The fourth most abundant mineral in your body, magnesium has so many amazing health benefits, from relieving muscle pain/cramps, boosting heart health and regulating digestion, all the way through to minimising symptoms of stress and promoting restful sleep. It’s easy to see why this super-mineral is one of our faves!
Best sources of magnesium: Leafy greens, pumpkin & sunflower seeds, banana, avocado, dried fruit.
To boost your intake of all of these vitamins and minerals in one go, try out Red Seal Vita Fizz Perform. These natural orange and mango effervescent tablets are packed with B vitamins, vitamin C and essential minerals, such as calcium, magnesium and zinc, to support mental focus and physical energy. They easily dissolve into a tasty liquid solution, which absorbs into the body immediately after drinking. The Red Seal Vita Fizz range is a great option for those struggling to keep their nutrient intake high solely through food and lifestyle choices.