A century ago, before large-scale agricultural practices took hold, people consumed foods that were rich in nutrients. We ate foods that were in season and grown in soil that was rich in minerals.
Since then, government policies, technology and economics have changed farming techniques. Today, we eat mass-produced food that may not provide us with the essential nutrients we need to be healthy.
Are you getting enough of vitamin C, D, and E from the foods you eat? Naturally sourced supplements may be what you need.
Eclectic, Extraordinary, Essential … E
From the time we are conceived, we require vitamin E. Most of us are not getting enough E from our diets. Healthy people, however, rarely show signs of a deficiency, yet need the nutrition none the less.
Free Radical Scavenger
Best known as a powerful, fat-soluble antioxidant that scavenges free radicals, studies link Vitamin E to:
- Aiding neurologic and brain development in human embryos
- Protecting cell membranes and boosting cognitive function in young adults
- Improving immunity and cardiovascular function in adults
- Reducing bone fractures in older adults
The Many Faces of E
Vitamin E is composed of fat-soluble compounds, including Alpha, Beta, Delta and Gamma tocopherols and tocotrienols. The liver absorbs all forms of the vitamin, but secretes more Alpha-tocopherol, thus its importance in fighting the effects of free radicals.
Although most research has focused on Alpha-tocopherol, interest has been growing about Gamma-tocopherols. More recently, Gamma-tocopherols have been linked to a reduction in the incidence of prostate cancer and heart disease.
An additional study has shown that supplementing with Alpha-tocopherol alone may actually inhibit the positive effects of Gamma-tocopherol. For this reason and more, when choosing a Vitamin E supplement, it is best to avoid synthetic formulas and instead, choose a natural formula that includes mixed tocopherols.
Naturally Sourced Mixed Tocopherol E Complex
Solgar’s Natural Vitamin E mixed tocopherol formula contains a holistic blend of natural Vitamin E as d-Alpha tocopherol plus d-Gamma, d-Delta and d-Beta tocopherol. Martindale’s offers E in dosages of 100iu, 200iu and 400iu in an oil base to promote optimal absorption and assimilation. They are available in soft gel capsules or as a liquid in a dropper bottle. The liquid form is handy if applying to your skin. It is wheat, gluten, dairy, sodium and sugar-free.
Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin
Vitamin D3, also known as cholecalciferol, is the natural form of vitamin D and the most bioavailable. Our bodies produce this fat-soluble vitamin when our skin is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. How much sunshine are you currently getting?
Vitamin D3 is essential for bone and dental support, helps our bodies to absorb calcium and phosphorous and is important for proper immune support. People on strict vegetarian diets or who get limited sun exposure have a higher incidence of developing vitamin D3 deficiency. Some signs that you may not be getting enough D3 are bone discomfort, muscle weakness and decreased cognitive function in adults.
Solgar’s Vitamin D3 is the same chemical formula as the D3 our bodies produce when our skin is exposed to sunlight and is far superior to vitamin D2. Solgar Vitamin D3 supplements come in an easy-to-swallow soft gel capsule or orange flavored liquid form of D3 in a dropper bottle.
Vitamin C – Immunity and Much More
Also known as ascorbic acid, this water-soluble vitamin has been popularly known for its immunity support. However, vitamin C is much more than an immunity booster. Like vitamin E, it’s a powerful free-radical smashing antioxidant, and has been shown to regenerate other antioxidants, including Alpha tocopherol in vitamin E. Studies link vitamin C with collagen production, making it an important component for bone, joint and connective tissue health.
Some signs of vitamin C deficiency include muscle and joint pain, and in extreme, but rare, cases of scurvy – fatigue, muscle weakness and bleeding gums.
Your body is unable to synthesize vitamin C. Although citrus fruits and juices are touted as major sources of C, certain vegetables, including broccoli, kale and red bell peppers actually contain more vitamin C. Eat them!
The recommended daily dose of vitamin C is 60 mg/day, the minimum requirement to prevent scurvy. However, to get the full immunity and antioxidant benefit of C, you need to supplement. The vitamin promises far more benefits than just avoiding a nutritional disease.
Solgar’s Vitamin C supplements are formulated with L-Ascorbic Acid. Solgar’s Ester-C® Plus contains a patented pH-neutral (non-acidic) formula that is gentle on the stomach. All of our Solgar Vitamin C supplements are gluten, wheat and dairy free while being suitable for vegans. Select Vitamin C 500 or 1,000 mg vegetable capsules suitable for vegans or pure 100% Vitamin C Crystals suitable for vegetarians. Either way you take them you’ll know you’re getting the top quality you deserve.
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