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Vitamins and supplements

A vitamin is one of a group of organic substances found in small amounts in natural foodstuffs and is important for our normal metabolism. Vitamins has a number of health benefits which include their ability to prevent and treat various diseases including heart problems, high cholesterol levels, and eye and skin disorders. If we do not take enough of any kind of vitamin, certain medical conditions can result.

In this category find suppliers in Zambia that provide essential vitamins your body needs including vitamins A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins: thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyroxidine (B6), biotin (B7), folate (B9) and cobalamin (B12).

Vitamins are consumed in various ways but most common vitamins are acquired through the foods we eat. The nutrition industry in Zambia has made supplements available that can boost vitamin levels in our bodies. A multivitamin is known to be the best choice for improving the complete balance of your body, especially if you have a job or a lifestyle that causes you to have poor eating habits.

Minerals

Just like vitamins, minerals are important for your body to stay healthy. Your body uses minerals for various functions, including keeping your bones, muscles, heart, and brain healthy and functioning properly. There are two kinds of minerals: macro minerals and trace minerals. You need larger amounts of macro minerals than trace minerals. Macro minerals include calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and sulfur. Trace minerals include iron, manganese, copper, iodine and zinc. Most people get the amount of minerals they need by eating a wide variety of foods.

Supplements

There are various types of supplements available: nutritional (natural food based), herbal (medicinal), homeopathic, flower essences, essential oils and super foods. Dietary supplements are an affordable and effective way to ensure you and your loved ones are getting the daily recommended intake of essential vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients necessary for optimal health. Popular supplements include vitamins D and E; minerals like calcium and iron; herbs such as echinacea and garlic; and specialty products like glucosamine, probiotics, and fish oils.

Many supplements contain active ingredients that can have strong effects in the body. Always be alert to the possibility of unexpected side effects, especially when taking a new product. Supplements are most likely to cause side effects or harm when people take them instead of prescribed medicines or when people take many supplements in combination. Some supplements can increase the risk of bleeding or, if a person takes them before or after surgery, they can affect the person’s response to anesthesia. Dietary supplements can also interact with certain prescription drugs in ways that might cause problems.

Nutrition

Nutrition is the intake of food, considered in relation to the body’s dietary needs. Good nutrition – an adequate, well balanced diet combined with regular physical activity – is a cornerstone of good health. Poor nutrition can lead to reduced immunity, increased susceptibility to disease, impaired physical and mental development, and reduced productivity.