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Vitamins

The main work of all vitamins is to make sure that all the biological functions of the body take place as they are supposed to. They also make sure that all reactions in the body happen as they should. Vitamins are important for digestion, immunity provision, reproduction, growth, maintenance & many others.

A general multivitamin and mineral supplement can be a good safeguard against periodic vitamin shortfalls in your diet.

Wise Owl's Vitamins are truly natural 'food state' supplements. Made using whole foods thus allowing for enhanced absorption & utilisation by the body.

Wise Owl’s vitamins and minerals are truly natural supplements made using high quality ingredients, in a whole food matrix. They can provide your body with the levels of nutrients our ancestors consumed, as nature intended. Because they are made from real food, your body is able to absorb and use the active nutrients much more efficiently.

The table below highlights the main functions of the vitamins & the key foods that supply them.

Vitamin Source Function
Vitamin A, - Retinol Fat Soluble Liver, Kidney, milk products, butter, yolk carrots, cod liver oil Helps with skin disorders, poor night vision, osteoarthritis, Assists the immune system, important in the formation of bone and teeth, storage of fat and the synthesis of protein and glycogen
Vitamin B1 - Thiamin Water Soluble Wheat-germ, whole-meal, cereals, peas,  brown rice, liver Normal functioning of the nervous system, muscles and heart. Thought to enhance the activity of the immune system & to promote normal growth along with good muscle tone. Thought to assist the body withstand stressful conditions
Vitamin B2 - Riboflavin Water Soluble Milk Products, whole-meal cereal, eggs liver, fish green leafy vegetables Required by the body to use oxygen and the metabolism of amino acids, fatty acids, and carbohydrates. Riboflavin is further needed to activate vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), helps to create niacin and assists the adrenal gland. It may be used for red blood cell formation, antibody production, cell respiration, and growth.
Vitamin B3 - Niacin Water Soluble Peas, nuts, liver, poultry, fish and lean meat Vitamin B3 assists in releasing the energy from carbohydrates, fats and proteins so they can be used by the body. This vitamin is also involved in controlling blood sugar levels, keeping skin healthy and maintaining the proper functioning of the nervous and digestive systems
Vitamin B5 - Pantothenic Acid Water Soluble Liver, meat, vegetables, wheat-germ, sunflower , eggs, salmon When found in its CoA form, vitamin B5 plays a pivotal role in helping release energy from sugars, starches, and fats. Most of this energy release occurs in the energy production factories found in every cell called the mitochondria.
Vitamin B6 - Pyridoxin Water Soluble Bananas, nuts, whole-meal products, yeast, liver, potatoes, green beans, cauliflower, carrots Plays a role in the maintenance of a healthy immune system,  it plays a critical role in fertility.  In addition, Vitamin B6 is intricately involved in the function of many enzymes and in protein
Vitamin B7 - Biotin Water Soluble Liver, cauliflower, mushrooms whole-meal products, eggs, avocado, spinach, milk Helps in the synthesis of fatty acids, in energy metabolism; promotes normal health of sweat glands, bone marrow, male gonads, blood cells, nerve tissue, skin, hair.
Vitamin B9 - Folic Acid Water Soluble Liver, wheat germs, mushrooms, spinach, avocado Folic acid is thought to play a crucial role for proper brain function and plays an important role in mental and emotional health. It aids in the production of DNA and RNA, the body's genetic material, and is especially important when cells and tissues are growing rapidly. Folic acid also works closely with vitamin B12 to help make red blood cells and help iron work properly in the body
Vitamin B12 - Cobalamin Water Soluble Liver, milk, yolk, fish, meat, fortified breakfast cereals, yoghurt Vitamin B12 is involved in a number of key body processes, but is especially key to red blood cell production, nervous system function, sperm production, normal growth and the proper function of the immune system. It has also been shown to improve memory and concentration, help prevent cancer and also protect against allergies and toxins
Vitamin C - Ascorbic Acid Water Soluble Citric fruits, black currants, potatoes, paprika, tomatoes,  spinach, vegetables, radish Helps to heal cuts and wounds and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Vitamin C also aids in iron absorption It acts as an antioxidant in the body as well as being a cofactor in several enzyme-dependent reactions. It is key in the formation of collagen, a protein which is paramount to the development of connective tissue in humans
Vitamin D – Cholecalciferol Fat Soluble Cod-liver oil, liver, milk, yolk, butter, sea fish, herring, mushrooms, avocado Vitamin D promotes absorption and use of calcium and phosphate for healthy bones and teeth.
Vitamin E - Tocopherol Fat Soluble Sunflowers, corn, wheat germ oil, nuts, flaxseed, pepperoni, avocado Vitamin E is particularly important for the protection of our cell membranes as well as keeping the skin, heart and circulation, nerves, muscles and red blood cells healthy. Antioxidants such as vitamin E protect your cells against the effects of dangerous free radicals
Vitamin K Fat Soluble Eggs, liver, green, green vegetable, oatmeal, kiwi, tomatoes, cress Vitamin K is often called “coagulation vitamin” because it has anti– hemorrhagic properties. This is essential for the synthesis of prothrombin, the precursor of thrombin, one of the factors needed for the normal coagulatory function of blood
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Even though vitamins are taken into the body through the food that we consume daily, they are not used in the same way as the other foods that we take in. In the body, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats combine with other substances to yield energy and build tissues. These chemical reactions are catalyzed, or accelerated, by enzymes that are produced from specific vitamins, and these take place in specific parts of the body.

The water-soluble vitamins are absorbed by the intestine and carried by the circulatory system to the specific tissues where they will be put into use. The B vitamins act as coenzymes, compounds that unite with a protein component called an apoenzyme, the protein component of an enzyme, to which the coenzyme attaches to form an active enzyme. The enzyme then acts as a catalyst in the chemical reactions that transfer energy from the basic food elements to the body. The body is unable to store large quantities of the water soluble vitamins so a regular supply is required.

Fat-soluble vitamins seem to have a much more specialised function. The intestine absorbs fat-soluble vitamins, and the lymph system carries these vitamins to the different parts of the body. Fat-soluble vitamins are involved in maintaining the structure of cell membranes. It is also believed that fat-soluble vitamins are responsible for the synthesis of certain enzymes.

The body has the facility to store larger amounts of fat-soluble vitamins. The liver provides the chief storage tissue for vitamins A and D, while vitamin E is stored in body fat and to a lesser extent in reproductive organs. Only a small amount of vitamin K is stored.

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All information contained on this website is for information only and should not be used to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any disease, health or medical condition. The products are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any health or medical condition.

Do not exceed stated dose or use with prescribed medication unless advise by a doctor or medical practitioner.

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Taking vitamins does not make up for an unhealthy diet, and vitamins are an insufficient substitute for nutrients from fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. However, a general multivitamin and mineral supplement can be a good safeguard against periodic vitamin shortfalls in your diet.

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