What are vitamins?

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You’ve been hounded about vitamins since you were little. Your mum always threw around the term in an effort to get you to eat vegetables that, when you were a youngster, were the grossest things she could possibly dish up. Then she’d make you swallow big pills to make sure you were getting even more vitamins in you. As you have probably come to learn, sometimes mum really does know best, and she was right to make sure you were getting enough of these valuable substances into your system. Now that you’re an adult in charge of your own consumption habits, it’s time to carry on her teachings.

So what are they?

If you want to get a bit scientific about it, vitamins are organic compounds that cannot be made by your body. If you don’t get enough of certain types of vitamins, you leave yourself open to disease and sickness. There are 13 main vitamins that are broken into two different classifications.

Fat-soluble vitamins can dissolve and be used in fat. These can be stored in the body. They are:

    • Vitamin A

 

    • Vitamin D

 

    • Vitamin E

 

    Vitamin K

Water-soluble vitamins need to be dissolved in water before your body can use them. That means you cannot store them for long periods of time. They are:

    • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)

 

    • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

 

    • Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

 

    • Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)

 

    • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

 

    • Vitamin B7 (Biotin)

 

    • Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)

 

    • Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)

 

    Vitamin C

What do vitamins do?

The short answer is heaps. Vitamins help in countless areas of your body. They strengthen your immune system, aid your body in growth in a variety of areas and assist cells and organs on many levels.

Where do you get vitamins?

Different vitamins are naturally produced in many of the foods we eat, especially fruits and vegetables. However it can be difficult to ensure you get ample amounts of every nutrient needed to run at optimal health. Multi vitamins are one way to boost your levels of certain kinds of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. These supplements contain a mixture of different vitamins that you might not be getting from what you eat. Consider picking up some Mutant ZMA+ or Mutant Multi to help your body get all the nutritional components it needs to function at its fullest.

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