Vitamins & Minerals

Vitamins and Minerals


Everyone always talks about how we need our vitamins and minerals. Well, that’s great and all, but have you ever found out what these happy little helpers do for you? You might be more inclined to bother yourself with taking them if you had a little more understanding of their roles…

Not only is it important to know what the vitamins and minerals do for you, but also what natural sources you can get them from. It is also key to know the standard recommended daily amount (RDA) you should strive to get in a day as well as if you can have too much of a particular vitamin or mineral. When reading ingredient lists on products, pay special attention to the letters following the numbers of the amount said to be in what you’re buying. One microgram (mcg or µg) is a thousand times smaller than a milligram (mg), so read carefully!

We thought it might also be helpful to know signs you could be deficient in a certain vitamin or mineral and what can damage or destroy them. After all, they are not invincible, though minerals are much more resilient than vitamins… In addition, we will also list each vitamin with its synthetic name so you can look for it in the ingredient list of your grocery items. If a product claims to have a vitamin, but lists the synthetic name in its ingredient list, you can bet that whatever vitamin they claim to have in there is neither natural nor organic.

As you read through the tables we have prepared for you below, keep in mind that the recommended daily amounts (RDAs) noted are referred from the EU guidance that is used for nutrition tables on food products. Nutritional requirements often vary slightly for young children, teens, and pregnant or breastfeeding women. If you have questions regarding what you are currently intaking for vitamins and minerals or perhaps what you should be striving for, please ask your doctor, pharmacist, or naturopath for assistance as none of us are doctors or nutritionists.

Also, please note that there are many vitamins and minerals out there to help and enhance daily living – not all of which we cover in this article. However, we strongly encourage you to seek out the following type of information for them.

Information in the table below is based on a text by Dr. Carl J. Brandt.

1 why vitamin and milk containers are better darker or opaque
2 women taking contraceptives may need more
3 the female hormone
4 essential in first 3 months of pregnancy to prevent certain birth defects like spina bifida, cleft palate, and cleft lip
5 women planning to conceive should take 400 mcg a day for first 3 months of pregnancy

Now, as you look over this list of vitamins and minerals, please keep in mind that we STRONGLY recommend getting as much of them as possible from natural, organic sources. The more vitamins you can get from the food you eat, the better!

If, however, you have allergies to certain foods or just can’t get enough of the right foods in your daily diet to get the levels of vitamins and minerals that you need – do not despair! There are a lot of food-based, natural-source vitamin and mineral supplements out there. Just be careful to read the ingredient list when you go shopping for your supplements. The list should contain fruits, vegetables, and ingredients you recognize and can pronounce!

One company we know of, VE Irons Company, has proudly been making natural-source supplements for over 60 years and can boast of a completely non-synthetic product line. They have just about every vitamin and mineral you could possibly need in some form or other.

Do you have a great, all-natural supplement line that you use and would love to recommend to as many people as possible? This is the place to do it! Sign in and leave any comments you have regarding vitamins, minerals, or supplements below!


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