Vegetarian Naturals - Vitamin C
Vitamin C

With flu and cold season on the rise, we need a nutrient that helps protect and fight against sickness. This is a substance your body needs to form blood vessels, cartilage, muscle and collagen in bones. It is also vital to your body’s healing process. This nutrient is called Vitamin C.

 


What is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble nutrient found in some foods. In the body, it acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are compounds formed when our bodies convert the food we eat into energy. People are also exposed to free radicals in the environment from cigarette smoke, air pollution, and ultraviolet light from the sun.

In layman’s terms, Vitamin C is an antioxidant. It is important for your skin, bones, and connective tissue. It promotes healing and helps the body absorb iron. Vitamin C improves the absorption of iron from plant-based foods and helps the immune system work properly to protect the body from disease.The body also needs vitamin C to make collagen, a protein required to help wounds heal.

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Scientifically Proven Benefits of Taking Vitamin C

  • Reduce your risk of chronic disease
    • Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that can boost your blood antioxidant levels. This may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease.
  • Help manage high blood pressure
    • Vitamin C supplements have been found to lower blood pressure in both healthy adults and those with high blood pressure.
  • Lower your risk of heart disease
    • Vitamin C supplements have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease. These supplements may lower heart disease risk factors, including high blood levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Reduce blood uric acid levels and help prevent gout attacks
    • Vitamin-C-rich foods and supplements have been linked to reduced blood uric acid levels and lower risk of gout.
  • Helps prevent iron deficiency
    • Vitamin C can improve the absorption of iron that is poorly absorbed, such as iron from meat-free sources. It may also reduce the risk of iron deficiency.
  • Boosts immunity
    • Vitamin C may boost immunity by helping white blood cells function more effectively, strengthening your skin’s defense system, and helping wounds heal faster.
  • Protects your memory and thinking as you age
    • Low vitamin C levels have been linked to an increased risk of memory and thinking disorders like dementia, while a high intake of vitamin C from foods and supplements has been shown to have a protective effect.

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Where to Find Vitamin C and How Much Do We Need?

Vitamin C is found in a wide variety of fruit and vegetables.

Good sources include:

  • Citrus fruit, such as oranges and orange juice
  • Peppers
  • Strawberries
  • Blackcurrants
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Potatoes

How much of vitamin C do I need?

Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body, so you need it in your diet every day.

For adults, the recommended dose of Vitamin C per day is 65-90mg. For children, no more than 400mg per day to protect your child without any side effects.

What happens if I take too much vitamin C?

Taking large amounts (more than 1,000mg per day) of vitamin C can cause:

  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Flatulence

These symptoms should disappear once you stop taking vitamin C supplements.

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Strategies to Strengthen your Immune System During Cold and Flu Season

The immune system is your body’s surveillance system, working all hours of the day to identify and eliminate the viruses and bacteria that will make you sick. Listed below are strategies that you can implement to strengthen your immune system this cold and flu season.

●    Wash your hands

Hand washing is one of the best strategies you can use to avoid getting sick. It should take you at least 20 seconds to wash your hands. Make sure to use warm water and soap and wash your hands after visiting the toilet, and before and after eating.

●    Humidify

It makes it harder for viruses to stay airborne if there is moisture in the air. Speak to your pharmacist about suitable products to keep the air moist in your house or office.

●    Get plenty of sleep

Not getting enough sleep as well as poor quality sleep can have an effect on your immune system.

●    Drink lots of water

Drinking lots of water helps flush toxins from the body and keeps mucus in the respiratory tract thin. If you have a cold, mucus increases to fight the infection and keeping the mucus thin can make it easier for it to be expelled from the body either through coughing or a runny nose.

●    Good nutrition

Eating a healthy, balanced diet which is rich in whole foods, fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds; is important for a healthy immune system.

●    Regular Exercise

Regular gentle exercise is good for both your immune system and your mental health

●    Spend time outdoors

Being cooped up inside heated buildings with recirculated air in winter can help viruses to spread.

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Sources

(1)https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-Consumer/

(2)https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-c-benefits#4.-May-reduce-blood-uric-acid-levels-and-help-prevent-gout-attacks

(3) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-c/

(4)https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002404.htm

(5)https://www.findapharmacy.com.au/advice/10-strategies-to-strengthen-your-immune-system-during-cold-and-flu-season

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Vegetarian-Naturals Think Zinc!
Think Zinc!

With school back in session, it’s essential for our kids to stay safe and healthy. Even with continuous reminders for your kids to wash their hands, social distance, and wear a mask, sometimes these efforts fall short. Vegetarian Naturals® Kids Whole Life™ Organic Multivitamin Gummies, is here to help support your child’s wellness!

 


 

What is Zinc, and How Can it Help?

Zinc is an essential nutrient for your body. It is important for you to get a constant supply through your diet. This essential mineral is crucial for development, your metabolism and the immune system.

Benefits of including zinc in you diet includes:

  • Boosts Your Immune System
  • Accelerates Wound Healing
  • May Reduce the Risk of Certain Age-Related Diseases
  • May Help Treat Acne
  • Decreases Inflammation

Studies have found that including zinc in your day-to-day lifestyle may effectively reduce inflammation, boost immune health, reduce your risk of age-related diseases, speed wound healing and improve acne symptoms. Our advanced formula is suitable for all ages and stages; from toddlers to teens to everyone in between. With Vegetarian Naturals’ once-a-day multivitamins, Vitamin Time is simplified for your growing children.

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Does Zinc Help Fight SARS-Coronavirus?

Zinc is crucial for normal development and functioning of cells assisting the immune system. Studies have shown that increased concentrations of zinc can inhibit the replication of viruses like poliovirus and SARS-coronavirus.

Based on current research, there is reason to be hopeful that zinc might help in the fight against COVID-19. While there’s no proof yet that it does, additional research could show a benefit in certain situations, or with a different dose or formulation of the supplement. So it’s worth keeping an open mind.

Either way, zinc is an essential mineral for your body. It’s important to include zinc in your diet for proper growth and maintenance for the human body.

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Where to Find Zinc?

Zinc is a mineral that’s essential for good health. It’s required for the functions of over 300 enzymes and involved in many important processes in your body. This mineral metabolizes nutrients, maintains your immune system and grows and repairs body tissues. Your body doesn’t store zinc, so you need to eat enough every day to ensure you’re meeting your daily requirements.

Vegan and vegetarian foods that include zinc:

  • Legumes
    • Legumes contain high amounts of zinc.
  • Seeds
    • Some seeds like hemp, pumpkin, squash and sesame seeds contain significant amounts of zinc. Seeds are also a good source of fiber, fats, and vitamins, making them a healthy addition to your diet.
  • Nuts
    • Nuts are a healthy and convenient snack that can boost your intake of zinc and other nutrients.
  • Whole Grains
    • Whole grains can provide a source of zinc in your diet.
  • Some Vegetables
    • Most vegetables are poor sources of zinc, but some contain moderate amounts and can contribute to your daily needs, especially if you don’t eat meat, such as vegans or vegetarians.
  • Dark Chocolate
    • Dark chocolate can be a source of zinc. However, it’s high in sugar and calories, so it should be eaten in moderation.

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Sources

  1. Kubala, J. (2018, November 14). Zinc: Benefits, Deficiency, Food Sources and Side Effects. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/zinc#function
  2. Valencia, G. (2021, February 01). Three vitamins, minerals to boost your immune system and fight COVID-19. Retrieved from https://news.fiu.edu/2020/three-vitamins,-minerals-to-boost-your-immune-system-to-fight-covid-19
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Vegetarian Naturals - The Sunshine Vitamin
Vitamin D

Generally speaking, all micronutrients are important because they are the building blocks of our health, but here we will talk about one vitamin in particular.  This vitamin is vital for our bone health, it is the base of our skeletal system. Some call it “ the sunshine vitamin” but it is better known as vitamin D.

You may have heard a few claims about the importance of vitamin D, but here you can find out so much more.

Why is it so important? Which roles does it have? Why is it called “the sunshine vitamin”, and how much of it do we actually need?

The answers await you, all you need to do is keep reading. Read more

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Vegetarian Naturals - Vitamin A
Vitamin A

In times of sickness and in times of health, vitamins are highly recommended by our friends and colleagues, as well as medical professionals, whether to help us get well sooner or as prevention and overall health booster.

There is a wide variety of vitamins out there in colorful veggies and tasteful fruits, waiting for you to include them as a regular part of your healthy diet.

The following text will guide you through necessary info regarding no other than vitamin A.

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Vegetarian Naturals - Antioxidants
Antioxidants

Recently, one of the most talked-about topics in healthy living circles and beyond is none other than antioxidants. They have scooped away all the attention because of many claims of their health benefits. Let’s learn something new today and take a look at them more closely.

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Vegetarian Naturals - Covid
Immunity and COVID19

With the global pandemic interfering with our lives and in some cases thoroughly changing them, we most definitely need our immune system working properly. Now more than ever, we need the defense of our body to be as strong as ever.

The question is, how do we do it?

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