ABCs of Good Health

The 5 Vitamins Everyone Should Take

The 5 Vitamins Everyone Should Take

There are dozens of different vitamins and minerals on offer at myvitamins, each with a specific role in keeping you fit and healthy. There are supplements to help you in your quest to lose weight, build lean muscle and regain precious energy. What if all you want, though, is a solid foundation of basic but essential vitamins and minerals?

Which vitamins and minerals can you take on a daily basis to give you the best possible chance of staying fighting fit, year-round? Here’s the MyVitamins 5-minute guide to the five vitamins and minerals we think you should be taking.

Vitamin D3

What does it do?

Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin. It’s the one your body makes after being exposed to Sun. You need it to more effectively absorb calcium and maintain strong bones. If you live somewhere cloudy, or you spent a lot of time indoors, you might not be getting enough vitamin D.

Health benefits of vitamin D3:

  • Strong bones and teeth thanks to better calcium absorption

Essential B vitamin complex

What do they do?

The B vitamins also have other names like thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid. They’re essential for energy metabolism and nervous system health. If you often feel tired and run down, a lack of B vitamins could be partially to blame. The B vitamins work in tandem with other vitamins and minerals to make sure your various systems are working as they should. They’re enablers.

Health benefits of B vitamins:

  • Proper metabolism of energy
  • Healthy nervous system
  • Less tiredness and fatigue
  • Clearer head and improved focus
  • Clearer skin
  • Strong immune system

Vitamin C

What does it do?

Vitamin C helps to keep your immune system strong, and contributes to healthy skin and bones. Turn of the century sailors used to carry citrus fruits with them on long journeys in an attempt to ward off scurvy, a disease caused by a lack of vitamin C.

Health benefits of vitamin C:

  • A healthy immune system
  • Clear skin
  • Strong teeth and bones

Essential zinc and magnesium

What do they do?

These two minerals are as important as the vitamins on our list, and are essential for a healthy immune system, and plenty of other processes. Zinc and magnesium contribute to maintaining stable energy levels and reducing daily fatigue. Magnesium also plays a role in regulating proper sleep.

Health benefits of zinc and magnesium:

  • Strong immune system
  • Stable energy levels
  • Better energy metabolism
  • Improved sleep

We recommend taking your zinc and magnesium supplement before bed.

Essential amino acids (BCAAs)

What do they do?

The BCAAs or branched-chain amino acids are the building blocks of protein (so most things, essentially.) If you’re an active person, juggling work and exercise, chances are that you’ll be keen to keep your energy levels up, whilst avoiding soreness and stiffness. Amino acids help to keep your muscles healthy and reduce recovery time between workouts.

Health benefits of amino acids:

  • Reduced muscle soreness
  • Faster recovery between workouts
  • Strong, lean muscle

Those are our top five. Give them a try and see what a difference they can make.



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