Why Vitamins?

Vitamins are essential to the diet and without them many "normal" bodily functions will cease and cause unbalance and disease. Most vitamins are water soluble which means that they are NOT stored in the body and therefore the body needs daily replenishment of essential vitamins and minerals. Please take a look at why we considered it very important to add 26 essential Vitamins and Minerals to PRO Rich Crème!

Calcium - is the most abundant mineral in the body and is required for vascular contraction and vasodilation, muscle function, nerve transmission, intracellular signaling and hormonal secretion. Adequate calcium also helps to support the growth and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth where it supports their structure and function. In aging adults especially postmenopausal women bone breakdown exceeds bone formation resulting in bone loss that increases the risk of osteoporosis over time which is why it is important to have an adequate calcium intake.Source: U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health

Chromium - is known to enhance the action of insulin, a hormone critical to the metabolism and storage of carbohydrates, fat and protein in the body and it appears to be directly involved in carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism. Source: U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health

Folate – commonly referred to as Folic Acid is required for proper cell division. A lack of folate can lead to anemia, one of the hallmarks of folate deficiency. Source: U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health

Iron - is a mineral that is an essential component of hemoglobin, a protein that transfers oxygen from the lungs to the tissues. Iron also supports metabolism. Iron is necessary for growth and development as well as normal cellular functioning and the synthesis of some hormones and connective tissue. Source: U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health

Magnesium – is a mineral and it is a cofactor in more than 300 enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation and for energy production. It contributes to the structural development of bone and is required for the synthesis of DNA and RNA. Magnesium also plays a role in the active transport of calcium and potassium ions across cell membranes, a process that is important to nerve impulse conduction, muscle contraction, and normal heart rhythm.Source: U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health

Selenium - is a trace element that is nutritionally essential for humans. It is a constituent of more than two dozen proteins found in the body that play critical roles in reproduction, thyroid hormone metabolism, DNA synthesis and protection from oxidative damage and infection.Source: U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health

Vitamin A – is involved in immune function, vision, reproduction, and cellular communication. Vitamin A is critical for vision and it also supports cell growth and it plays an important role in the normal formation and maintenance of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs. Source: U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health

Vitamin B1 – is also referred to as Thiamine. It is involved in many body functions, including nervous system and muscle function, the flow of electrolytes in and out of nerve and muscle cells, digestion, and carbohydrate metabolism. Very little thiamine is stored in the body and depletion can occur within 14 days. Severe thiamine deficiency may lead to serious complications involving the nervous system, brain, muscles, heart, and stomach and intestines. Source: Mayo Clinic

Phosphorus – Next to calcium, phosphorus is the most abundant mineral in the body. These two important nutrients work closely together to build strong bones and teeth. Phosphorus helps filter out waste in the kidneys and plays an essential role in how the body stores and uses energy. It also helps reduce muscle pain after a hard workout. Phosphorus is needed for the growth, maintenance and repair of all tissues and cells and for the production of the genetic building blocks DNA and RNA. Source: University of Maryland Medical Center

Vitamin B6 - is a water-soluble vitamin involved in more than 100 enzyme reactions, mostly concerned with protein metabolism. B6 also plays a role in cognitive development through the bio-synthesis of neurotransmitters and in maintaining normal levels of homocysteine, an amino acid in the blood and it is involved in immune function and hemoglobin formation. Source: U.S. Dept. Of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health

Vitamin B12 - is a water-soluble vitamin that is active in assisting human metabolism. Vitamin B12 is required for proper red blood cell formation, neurological function and DNA synthesis. Source: U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health

Vitamin D - is a fat-soluble vitamin that promotes calcium absorption and helps to enable normal mineralization of bone and it is also needed for bone growth. Without sufficient vitamin D bones can become thin, brittle, or misshapen. Vitamin D along with calcium also helps protect older adults from osteoporosis. Vitamin D has other roles in the body including modulation of cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function, and reduction of inflammation. Source: U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health

Vitamin E - is the collective name for a group of fat-soluble compounds with distinctive antioxidant components that protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals which are molecules that contain an unshared electron. Free radical damage cells and might contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Scientists are investigating whether vitamin E might help prevent or delay the chronic diseases associated with free radicals. In addition to its activities as an antioxidant Vitamin E is involved in healthy immune function. Source: U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health

Zinc - is an essential mineral that is involved in numerous aspects of cellular metabolism and it plays a role in immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing, DNA synthesis, and cell division. Zinc also supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence and is required for proper sense of taste and smell. A daily intake of zinc is required to maintain a steady state because the body has no specialized zinc storage system. Source: U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health

Manganese - is a trace mineral that helps the body form connective tissue, bones, blood clotting factors and sex hormones. It also plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption and blood sugar regulation. Manganese is also necessary for normal brain and nerve function. Manganese is a component of an antioxidant enzyme which helps fight free radicals. Free radicals occur naturally in the body but can damage cell membranes and DNA. They may play a role in aging as well as the development of a number of health conditions including heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants can help neutralize free radicals and reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause. Low levels of manganese in the body can contribute to infertility, bone malformation, weakness, and seizures. Source: U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health

Molybdenum - is an It is an essential element in human nutrition that is involved in many important biological processes, possibly including development of the nervous system, waste processing in the kidneys, and energy production in cells. Molybdenum is used to treat rare inherited metabolic diseases, such as Wilson's disease in which the body cannot process copper. It may have a role in preventing cancer and other diseases. Source: The American Cancer Society

Pantothenic Acid – is also referred to as Vitamin B5. All B vitamins help the body convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is used to produce energy. These B vitamins also help the body to utilize fats and proteins and they are needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. They also help the nervous system function properly. Pantothenic Acid is also critical to the manufacture of red blood cells, as well as sex and stress-related hormones produced in the adrenal glands. It is also important in maintaining a healthy digestive tract and it helps the body use other vitamins. Your body needs pantothenic acid to synthesize cholesterol. Source: University of Maryland Medical Center

Vitamin C – is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. It assists in the formation of an important protein used to make skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. It also is known to assist in wound healing and the formation of scar tissue as well as it helps repair and maintain cartilage, bones and teeth. Vitamin C is recognized as a powerful antioxidant which are known to block some of the damage caused by free radicals which are recognized and said to largely responsible for the aging process and free radicals may play a role in cancer, heart disease, and conditions like arthritis. The body is not able to make vitamin C on its own and it does not store vitamin C. It is therefore important to include plenty of vitamin C-containing foods in your daily diet. Source: National Institute of Health

Vitamin B2 – also referred to as Riboflavin is water soluble which means it is not stored in the body. You must replenish the vitamin in your body every day. Vitamin B2 works with the other B vitamins and is important for body growth and red blood cell production and helps in releasing energy from carbohydrates. One of the most prevalent resources for Vitamin B2 are Dairy Products. Foods containing Vitamin B2 are destroyed by exposure to light so foods containing Riboflavin should not be stored in glass containers that are exposed to light. Symptoms of a severe deficiency include Anemia, Mouth or Lip sores, skin disorders, sore throat and swelling of mucous membranes. Source: National Institute of Health

Biotin - is part of the B complex group of vitamins which help the body to convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose) which is used to produce energy. These B vitamins help the body metabolize fats and protein and are necessary to maintain healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. They also help the nervous system function properly. Source: University of Maryland Medical Center

Niacin – is a water soluble B vitamin that helps the digestive system, skin, and nerves to function. It is also important for converting food to energy. Source: Niacin: University of Maryland Medical Center

Choline – is a nutrient in the vitamin B complex that the body needs in small amounts to function and stay healthy. Choline helps cells make membranes, make a neurotransmitter (a chemical that helps nerve cells communicate with other cells) and removes fat from the liver. Not enough choline can cause diseases of the heart and blood vessels and damage to the liver. Source: University of Maryland Medical Center

Copper - is an essential trace mineral present in all body tissues. Copper works with iron to help the body form red blood cells and it also helps keep the blood vessels, nerves, immune system, and bones healthy. Source: National Institute of Health

Iodine - is a trace mineral and a nutrient and it is needed for the normal metabolism of cells...metabolism is the process of converting food into energy. Humans need iodine for normal thyroid function and for the production of thyroid hormones. A lack of enough iodine (a diet deficient in iodine) may cause goiter or hypothyroidism. Deficiency happens more often in women than in men and is more common in pregnant women and older children. Source: National Institute of Health

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