What vitamins can support my busy lifestyle?
Many of us have a lot on our plate, and not enough time to get everything done while also working, commuting, spending time with family and friends, and everything else in between. But we shouldn’t sacrifice our health just because we’re busy or on the go. In fact, it’s during these times that we should be paying particular attention to our health, so we can keep going with our busy lifestyles.
Ensuring an adequate intake of the following vitamins and minerals is key for busy people who want to support their overall health and wellbeing, want more energy, need to boost their immune defences or want to minimise the effects of stress, so they can get on with their demanding day.
B complex vitamins
B group vitamins are important for numerous metabolic reactions in the body. Collectively, the B vitamins support energy production, brain health and mental processes, heart and cardiovascular health and help to maintain the normal functioning of the immune system. All of which are important for people leading a busy lifestyle.
Vitamin C is a cellular antioxidant that can help reduce free radical damage in the body. Free radicals can be generated by lifestyle factors such as smoking, stress and alcohol. Because busy people cannot afford to be sick, ensuring adequate vitamin C intake helps maintain immune defences by stimulating both the production and function of white blood cells.
People with indoor occupations such as office workers are at risk of vitamin D deficiency if they don’t get adequate exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D is not only important for forming and maintaining strong healthy bones, it also plays a role in supporting muscle strength and the proper functioning of the immune system.
Magnesium is involved in over 300 essential metabolic reactions in the body. It plays a role in cellular energy metabolism and normal nerve and muscle function. Stress, which often goes hand in hand with a busy lifestyle, can increase our requirements of this important mineral.
Iron is essential for the formation of haemoglobin, the molecule in red blood cells that transports oxygen to the body’s tissues. It’s also required for efficient energy production. Iron supplementation may assist work capacity, endurance and tiredness levels in people with inadequate iron intake.
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Published December 2, 2014
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