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  1. Vitamin A Benefits

     
    Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin which can be found in two primary forms Retinol or beta-carotene.
    Retinol is found in animal products (dairy, meat and fish products) and I'm sure you would have seen it listed as the star ingredient on loads of anti-ageing creams. Beta-carotene comes from colourful fruit and vegetables. It needs to be converted to retinol by the body for it to be used. If you are taking vitamin A in capsule form the label will probably be called Vitamin A Palmitate.
     
    The most well known benefit of Vitamin A is eye health. I’m sure you have heard when you were a child that eating carrots will help you see in the dark…well it’s true! Carrots contain beta-carotene which keep your eyes healthy and helps prevent macular degeneration. Vitamin A improves eyesight as it is a critical component of the rhodopsin molecule (“a biological pigment found in the rods of the
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  2. Vitamin C

    Vitamin C is probably the most known about and popular vitamin to the general public…and probably the first one you think about when feeling under the weather. For good reason too. It is also one of the safest and most effective vitamins to add to your diet. Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin found in fruit and vegetables. It also goes by the name ascorbic acid.
     
    Vitamin C has many benefits, and definitely an important one to make sure you are getting enough of whether through supplementation or diet. The most popular use of vitamin C is ‘boosting’ our immune systems, and is most peoples first go to supplement at the start of a cold or other illness. Studies have shown that it can help reduce the length of illness. It acts as an antioxidant in our bodies fighting off those pesky free radicals and boosting our immune system. Some studies have shown that high levels of vitamin C in the diet can help prevent chronic health conditions.
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  3. Linseed oil

    Linseeds which are also known as flaxseeds have been consumed for thousands of years. They are small golden/tan seeds that are an excellent source of omega 3 fats, fibre and a whole load of other vitamins and minerals. Linseed oil derived from linseeds/flaxseeds.
     
    Linseed oil is one of the richest plant based sources of an omega-3 fatty acid called alpha linolenic acid (ALA). Omega 3 fatty acids are essential to a healthy diet and play a crucial role in many bodily functions. Linseed oil also contain essential omega-6 fatty acids. You might have heard over the years that omega-6 is bad for you and is the cause of inflammation in the body, but that depends on where you are getting them from and how much you are getting. Omega-6 is essential, and cutting it out would do more harm than good. Luckily linseed oil has the correct ratio of omega 3 and 6.
    Linseed oil is versatile liquid that can be easily added into your diet.
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  4. 5-HTP

    5-HTP which stands for 5-hydroxytrytophan converts to the neurotransmitter serotonin and is made from the amino acid tryptophan. 5-HTP increases serotonin levels in our body which is useful as we can’t supplement with serotonin as it can’t pass the blood-brain barrier. If we have low levels of serotonin we may experience mental and physical health symptoms such as sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, headaches and migraines, obesity and Parkinson’s disease symptoms to name a few.
     
    Have a read below to learn about the benefits of supplementing with 5-HTP
    • May help to improve quality of sleep - When taken alongside GABA and valerian root, 5-HTP can help you feel more relaxed and calm which can help with sleep issues such as insomnia.
    • May help with obesity - Some studies have shown that 5-HTP may help with weight loss in obese adults by increasing levels of satiety and reducing appetite. 
    • May help with
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  5. Weekly Tip - What puts your more at risk for becoming deficient in vitamin D

    We all absorb vitamin D differently and this could be for many different reasons. Being aware of how much vitamin D we are getting is important. Speak to your Doctor about getting your levels checked if you find that one or more of the risks below apply to you.
     
    Having darker skin - people with darker skin have higher levels of melanin which results in less vitamin D being absorbed from the sun.
     
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  6. Weekly Tip - CLA

    CLA stands for conjugated linoleic acid. CLA is most commonly found in full fat dairy, butter and grass fed beef fat, which may make you think that it’s really bad for you. But I’m here to tell you in moderation it’s not. CLA is a type of polyunsaturated fat, its a form of linoleic acid which is the common omega-6 fatty acid found in foods. If we are getting it from a good quality source it can have some impressive health benefits (see below)
     
    • Can help with body fat loss
    • Improve digestion
    • Help keep blood sugar levels normal
    • Help reverse hardening of the arteries
    • Help with bone building
    • Improve muscle strength
    Remember to always speak to your Doctor or Dietician before including a new supplement. There can be side effects from supplementing with CLA and you should not take it in supplement form close to ha
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  7. Vitamin B12 foods

    As promised in my vitamin B12 blog, here is a list of the top vitamin B12 foods that we can included in our diet to help prevent a deficiency occurring.
     
    There are so many benefits to making sure we get regular amounts of vitamin B12 in our diets from more energy, to the formation of healthy red blood cells, to preventing impaired mental function.
     
    Some of the foods listed below won’t be everyones cup of tea, but if you are struggling to get enough vitamin B12 through food speak to your doctor about using a supplement instead.
     
    Top Vitamin B12 Foods
     
    Beef Liver
    Chicken Liver 
    Sardines
    Lamb
    Wild caught salmon
    Nutritional Yeast
    Feta Cheese
    Cottage Cheese
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  8. Benefits of Vitamin B12

    Vitamin B12 is one of the most common deficiencies in the world, It’s a water soluble vitamin that we need small amounts of for our body to function optimally. It plays an important role in so many bodily functions if you have a read below. Symptoms can range from the following
    • fatigue
    • depression
    • behavioural changes
    • heart palpitations and shortness of breath 
    • numbness or tingling in hands and feet
    • weakness
    • diarrhoea or constipation
    • pale skin
    • smooth tongue
    • poor dental health
    Benefits of Vitamin B12
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  9. Coconut Oil Benefits

    Coconut oil is made from pressing coconut flesh. Depending on the temperature of where you live it can either be solid or liquid. There are so many benefits to including it in your diet - have a read below of my top 8 benefits of coconut oil.
     
    • Helps prevent gum disease and cavities - coconut oil pulling where you swish the coconut oil between your teeth has been used for many years as a way of preventing gum disease. It has a high antibacterial concentration so is excellent for removing oral bacteria which can lead to gum disease and cavities.
    • Bone health - coconut oil has been shown to help increase calcium absorption in our gut which can increase the amount of calcium absorbed by our bones preventing osteoporosis.
    • Keeps our digestive system healthy - coconut oil can help improve digestion of food including fat soluble vitamins. It also helps destroy bad bacteria in our gut.
    • Good
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  10. Top 3 topical Benefits of Vitamin E

    • Helps repair damaged skin - Vitamin E strengthens the capillary walls which improves moisture and elasticity in the skin. An excellent natural anti-ageing nutrient too. Vitamin E is absorbed by the epidermis layer of the skin and can speed up cell regeneration which can help reduce the appearance of scars including acne.
    • Helps thicken hair. Vitamin E oil helps keep the natural moisture in your skin (including scalp) and it promotes circulation to your scalp which promotes healthy hair growth. Try adding a few drops to your hair to brighten it up, or if its feeling on the dry side.
    • Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and protects your skin from sun damage, and can boost the skins natural defences against free radicals and ultraviolet rays. When sunburn does occur - vitamin E is an excellent treatment - it reduces redness, swelling and sensitivity.

     

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