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Key Nutrients.

Throughout our website, you may find reference to these vitamins and minerals from the ingredients used in our products, all of which are vital for maintaining a healthy body. Here is a quick guide to the key benefits and sources of each nutrient.

Vitamins.

There are two types of vitamins. Fat-soluble vitamins and water-soluble vitamins. Fat-soluble vitamins — A, D, E and K — are absorbed along with fats in your diet, and can be stored in your body's fat tissue when they are not in use. Fat-soluble vitamins are best taken alongside meals to enhance absorption. Water-soluble vitamins — C and B-complex (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, biotin and folate) — are carried to your body's tissues but are not stored in your body. Whatever your body does not use comes out when you urinate. Hence, water-soluble vitamins are to be taken daily to be replenished, and best taken on an empty stomach for better absorption.

vitamin-a

VITAMIN A

Needed for: growth and development, healthy skin, eyes and immune system.

Key sources: carrots, sweet potato.

vitamin-b1

VITAMIN B1

Needed for: a healthy nervous system and accessing energy in foods.

Key sources: nutritional yeast, barley, oats.

vitamin-b2

VITAMIN B2

Needed for: accessing energy in foods. May help protect against cataracts.

Key sources: goji berries, mint, cayenne pepper.

vitamin-b3

VITAMIN B3

Needed for: a healthy nervous system and accessing energy in foods. May help improve blood circulation.

Key sources: Chicken, peanuts, fava beans.

vitamin-b5

VITAMIN B5

Needed for: accessing energy in foods.

Key sources: yogurt, cauliflower, avocado.

vitamin-b6

VITAMIN B6

Needed for: a healthy nervous system and for producing red blood cells. May aso help reduce symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Key sources: wheat germ, pistachios, avocado, banana, nutritional yeast.

vitamin-b12

VITAMIN B12

Needed for: a healthy nervous system and for producing red blood cells. May also contribute to improving the quality of your sleep.

Key sources: salmon, eggs, nutritional yeast.

folate

FOLATE (FOLIC ACID)

Needed for: producing red blood cells and acessing energy in foods. Protects against neural tube defects in early pregnacy. May also offer protection against breast and colon cancers.

Key sources: asparagus, beets, cabbage, fennel, quinoa.

biotin

BIOTIN

Needed for: accessing energy in foods. May also keep your nails and hair healthy.

Key sources: almonds.

vitamin-c

VITAMIN C

Needed for: protecting the cells that make up your immune system and boosting the action of bacteria and virus-combating white blood cells. Supports your skin and eye health. May also protect against cancer, heart disease and stroke.

Key sources: red bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, oranges, lemons.

vitamin-d

VITAMIN D

Needed for: healthy nervous, immune, and skeletal systems. May reduce the risk of osteoporosis and bone fracture.

Key sources: salmon, eggs.

vitamin-e

VITAMIN E

Needed for: healthy eyes, skin, heart and immune system. May help protect against prostate cancer and cataracts.

Key sources: sunflower seeds, almonds, avocado, pine nuts.

vitamin-k

VITAMIN K

Needed for: strong bones and healthy blood. May help protect against osteoporosis, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, stroke and heart disease.

Key sources: cabbage, broccoli, cliantro, parsley, asparagus.

Minerals.

Essential minerals are classified into two categories. Macro and trace. Macro minerals —  chromium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium — are needed in larger quantities. Trace minerals — iron, zinc, iodine, selenium, manganese and copper — are needed in smaller amounts.

calcium

CALCIUM

Needed for: blood clotting and strong bones and teeth. May help prevent high blood pressure and protect against prostate and colon cancer.

Key sources: yogurt, sesame seeds, almond, figs.

chromium

CHROMIUM

Needed for: regulating blood sugar levels and keeping your heart healthy. May help improve insulin resistance and glucose control for people with diabetes.

Key sources: pistachios.

copper

COPPER

Needed for: healthy bones, blood and nervous system. May help prevent high cholesterol.

Key sources: buckwheat, shiitake mushrooms, goji berries, cashew.

magnesium

MAGNESIUM

Needed for: healthy bones, accessing energy in foods and nerve and muscle functions. Helps protect against heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. May also help prevent diabetes.

Key sources: barley, buckwheat, mustard seeds, cacao nibs.

phosphorus

PHOSPHORUS

Needed for: healthy bones and teeth and accessing energy in foods.

Key sources: amaranth, brown rice, garlic, cashews, coconut.

potassium

POTASSIUM

Needed for: the transmission of nerve impluses and keeping your heart beating. Helps maintain healthy blood pressure. May help reduce the risk of stroke and osteoporosis.

Key sources: fennel, sweet potato, avocado, banana.

iron

IRON

Needed for: manufacturing hemoglobin, the protein in blood that carries oxygen around your body. Iron may help increase energy levels.

Key sources: teff, kale, amaranth, goji berries, moringa powder, turmeric.

zinc

ZINC

Needed for: growth, reproduction, wound healing and a healthy immune system. May help protect against age-related macular degeneration, which is the most common cause of loss of eyesight in older people.

Key sources: chlorella, pumpkin seeds, oats, thyme.

manganese

MANGANESE

Needed for: many of the chemical processes that occur in your body, including energy production. May help control blood sugar levels and prevent osteoporosis.

Key sources: buckwheat, amaranth, pine nuts, brown rice.

iodine

IODINE

Needed for: manufacturing thyroid hormones, which are needed for growth and regulating your metabolism.

Key sources: wakame, nori, eggs.

selenium

SELENIUM

Needed for: a healthy immune system. May reduce the risk of cancer, lower high cholestrol levels and protect against heart disease and arthritis.

Key sources: Brazil nuts, barley, salmon, eggs.

Phytochemicals.

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Phytochemicals are naturally occurring chemicals found in foods of plant origin. Many of the special benefits found in foods come from these nutrients. There are hundreds of phytochemicals. Here are some of the most well-known:

  • Carotenoids such as beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin are found in fruit and vegetables with orange, red and yellow flesh. They help with your skin, eyes and heart.
  • Polyphenols such as catechins may help prevent cell damage.
  • Bioflavonoids are powerful antioxidants found in citrus fruits that help your body absorb vitamin C.
  • Flavonoids which include anthocyanins and flavonols such as rutin and quercetin, help reduce high blood pressure, improve blood flow to your brain and may reduce the risk of some types of cancer.
  • Phytosterols help reduce levels of bad cholesterol in your blood.
  • Phytoestrogens including lignans and coumestans, may help protect against cancer and reduce symptoms associated with menopause.
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