Vitamins are nutrients that the body needs to carry out its essential functions.
Some vitamins are fat soluble, meaning the body can store them until they are needed. Others are water soluble meaning that if the body doesn’t make use of them when supplied they pass through the body and are excreted as waste.
The majority of vitamins need to be provided for the body, either through foods ir supplements, because the body can’t make Vitamins itself. Vitamin D can also be synthesised in the body when skin is exposed to sunlight.
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All you need to know about Vitamins
So much has changed as human life has evolved and nothing reflects this more than our diets. 50 years ago most people were eating home cooked meals two or three times a day but now so many of us are living on prepacked sandwiches for lunch and takeaways for dinner. The result of this shift is that our bodies don’t always get all the nutrients they need. This can sometimes manifest in us feeling or looking tired, it can affect our skin and even our immune systems.
Supplementing vitamins has become increasingly popular as people look for ways to balance out their active lifestyles with some healthier choices.
Why do Vitamin Supplements have such high doses?
You’ll notice a lot of vitamin supplements promise to provide more than 100% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for many of the nutrients they contain. This is often necessary because if the body is deficient in a nutrient then it needs more of it in order to restore to a reasonable level. In addition, the body doesn’t always manage to perfectly utilise the nutrients it gets access to and so some of the nutrients that we ingest, either in foods or in supplements, goes to waste.
How are Vitamin Supplements Made?
High quality vitamin supplements are either grown in yeast or algae. This process helps to improve the bioavailability when ingested.
Recently there has also been a move towards “food-grown” supplements. Instead of cultivating the specific nutrient in yeast, food-grown vitamins involving cultivating the nutrient via a food source (e.g. Mushrooms are a good source of Vitamin D). This process has been found to further increase the bioavailability of supplements once ingested but it is harder to cultivate really high strength food-grown vitamins.