Vitamin, ginseng and minerals – For energy and vitality

Feb 6, 2016

Introduction

A combination of Vitamins, standardised ginseng extract, vitamins and minerals with added alpha lipoic acid (ALA) and selenium has been found to be helpful in alleviating fatigue, Lethargy and promoting energy in times of stress.

 

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients which can be obtained through the diet. Foods high in vitamins and minerals are fruits, vegetables, lean meat, poultry, seafood and whole-grains. Vitamin and minerals deficiencies may lead to various health problems, namely anaemia, poor immune functions and affect bodily functions such as bone and energy metabolisms. Therefore, it is important to supplement the diet with a combination of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, D, E and Bs, calcium, magnesium and zinc for optimum health.

 

Ginseng

Panax Ginseng C.A. Meyer (also known as Korean red ginseng) is an adaptogen. It enhances the body endurance for physical and mental work. It helps increase body’s resistance to stress, trauma, anxiety and fatigue. Study has shown that the combination of multivitamin complex and ginseng extract is effective in improving quality of life especially in individuals with high physical and mental stress.

 

Alpha lipoic acid

Alpha lipoic acid is a potent antioxidant which deserves special attention as studies show that the exceptional free-radical scavenging properties may play an important role against ageing. It is found in rice bran, peas, spinach, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Most antioxidants act in specific areas of the cell. Alpha-lipoic acid is distinct in that it is able to enter both the fatty as well as the watery parts of the cell and thus offers a much wider range of protection by neutralising both water-soluble as well as fat-soluble free radicals.

Alpha lipoic acid is also a “regenerator” or “recycler” of other antioxidants. When an antioxidant such as vitamin C neutralises a free radical, it becomes oxidised and is no longer able to act as an antioxidant. Alpha-lipoic acid has the ability to regenerate these oxidised antioxidants back into their active forms. Studies suggest that a number of important antioxidants including Vitamin C, Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), coenzymeQ-10 and glutathione can be regenerated in this manner by alpha-lipoic acid.

 

Selenium

Selenium is important in defending the body against free radical attacks and boosting the immune system. The trace mineral selenium is needed for the formation of the enzyme glutathione peroxidase. This enzyme plays an important part in the defence against free radicals such as hydrogen peroxides and lipid hydroperoxides. Besides that, selenium keeps the liver functioning optimally, boosts the immune system, and maintains healthy eyes, skin, hair and heart. Selenium is also a component of semen and plays a role in fertility.

 

A combination of Vitamins, standardised Ginseng extractand Minerals with added alpha lipoic acid (ALA) and Selenium is suitable for:

 

Individuals who want to improve general well-being and achieve optimal health

  • Busy working executives
  • Athletes
  • Elderly
Reference
  1. Kitts, D.D. and Hu, C. (2000). Efficacy and safety of ginseng. Public Health Nutrition: 3(4A), 473-485.