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VIBRANCE

Posted on November 25 2015

Vibrance is a multi-vitamin complex providing the body with twelve essential vitamins it needs to function properly but is unable to produce in sufficient quantities on it’s own. Eating a nutrient dense and well balanced diet, rich in whole grains, meats, dairy products, fruits, and vegetables can give your body the balanced vitamin intake that it needs. Unfortunately, for those who lead a busy or stressful life-style, who are dieting or follow a vegetarian diet, or is in a rigorous competition prep diet, this balance in nutrition with adequate vitamin intake is often lacking. In addition, those with health conditions, taking certain medications, pregnant or breastfeeding can benefit even more from a vitamin supplement. In these situations and even just for those who want to optimize their health, supplementing with Vibrance can guarantee that you supply your body with the vitamins that it needs.

This multivitamin formula also provides the necessary amounts of the essential vitamins and not only supports the overall functioning of your body and how you feel but also how you look. Healthy and young appearing skin, hair, and nails that are attractive to the eye are a reflection of your overall nutritional status. Vitamin deficiencies can accelerate the aging process, affect their appearance and result in slowed nail and hair growth, poor skin cell turnover, discolored and brittle nails, reduced skin collagen and elastin leading to wrinkles and poor wound healing, and cause multiple skin lesions. These however, are only the changes that we can see on the outside and many internal systems are also affected.

Let’s be honest, we all know that it’s in our best interest and health to take a multivitamin and most of us can probably recite the names of many of them yet most are still unaware of the deficiencies and their complications that can occur when our diets alone do not provide us with adequate levels. To change that, here’s a review on the vitamins found in Vibrance and what their presence or absence can mean for you.

Vibrance Ingredient Review:

Vitamins are grouped into two categories: fat soluble and water-soluble. There are four “fat-soluble” vitamins including vitamins A, D, E, and K. These vitamins are stored in the fat cells of the body and used as needed however, because the body is able to store a portion of what is absorbed, it is important to not over-supplement as this can lead to harmful effects. The remaining eight, water-soluble vitamins found in Vibrance are utilized by the body and the unused portion is excreted through the urine, leaving little stored. Vitamin B12 however, is the only water-soluble vitamin that can be stored within the liver for many years. The quantities of all vitamins within Vibrance do not exceed the tolerable upper intake levels, making this dose safe when taken as directed.

Vitamin A – 5000IU (100% DV): Vitamin A is important for optimal vision, a healthy immune system, and cell growth. This nutrient can be found in eggs, milk, liver, fish, fortified cereal, spinach (other leafy greens), and yellow or orange vegetables such as squash and carrots. Deficiencies of this fat-soluble vitamin can lead to poor night vision, loss of vision, and rough and/or dry skin. This vitamin is often prescribed by doctors for the treatment of acne, skin conditions, including wrinkles, and is even used as a treatment for measles and dry eye. It is easy to understand why vitamin A is included in many skin care and health products.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) – 25mg (1667% DV): Inadequate levels of thiamine in the diet can lead to disorders of the nervous and cardiovascular systems and sufferers can experience altered sensory, motor, and reflexes in the limbs, low energy, weight loss, vision disturbances, irritability, and confusion. In severe cases, it has the potential to be fatal. Foods naturally rich in thiamine are yeast, pork, oatmeal, flax, brown rice (and other whole grains), asparagus, kale, potatoes, and eggs. In the U.S. processed flour (which removes nutrients) must be enriched with thiamine along with niacin, ferrous iron, riboflavin, and folic acid. However, consuming too little thiamine is not the only way to suffer low levels. Eating high quantities of foods that are high in sulfites (preservatives) and enzymes that break down thiamine can also lead to a deficiency. For fitness competitors and those who consume large quantities of raw freshwater fish, raw shellfish and tea or coffee, this unfortunately means you. Luckily, in the less severe cases, thiamine treatment typically leads to rapid improvement and reversal of symptoms.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) – 20mg (1175% DV): Have you ever wondered what exactly it was in your multivitamin that caused a darker appearance to your urine (assuming you’ve noticed!)? Well, now you don’t have to wonder anymore and can thank the yellow-orange color of riboflavin and it’s poor solubility in water for that. Aside from supplements, riboflavin is found naturally in milk, cheese, leafy vegetables, liver, legumes, mushrooms, yeast and, almonds. Enriched bread and breakfast cereals contribute significantly to the dietary supply of vitamin B2 for the average population. Deficiency classically affects the mouth (soreness and inflammation), eyes (sensitivity to light, itchy and watery eyes), the skin (moist, scaly skin), and the blood (anemia) and is present sub-clinically in about 28 million Americans. Insufficient dietary intake and continuous excretion in the urine are the main culprits for this but deficiencies are also observed in women taking oral contraceptives, the elderly, people with eating disorders, alcoholics, and those with diabetes or chronic heart disease.

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)– 50mg (250% DV): Insufficient levels of the vitamin B3 can cause nausea, skin and mouth lesions, anemia, headaches, slowed metabolism, and low energy levels. Medicinally, niacin has been used to increase HDL (the good cholesterol) and is involved in DNA repair. It is found in a variety of foods including chicken, beef, fish, cereal, peanuts, and legumes. Niacin is included in many health and fitness supplements and is often the cause of the rush of skin tingling and flushing that is experienced but typically lessens over consistent use.

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)– 10mg (100% DV): High amounts of vitamin B5 can be found in avocado, whole grains, legumes, eggs, meat, and yogurt. It is a common ingredient in many hair and skin care products and has shown a positive effect on wound healing, facial acne, and blemishes in human studies. These findings are due to vitamin B5’s ability to suppress the growth of bacteria that inhabits human skin, preventing the blemishes and acne they cause. Nearly all symptoms of a deficiency can be reversed with treatment and also include low energy, numbness, muscle cramps, skin irritation, and low blood sugar.

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)– 25mg (1250% DV): Macronutrient metabolism, synthesis of neurotransmitters, histamine, hemoglobin, and the expression of many genes all depend on vitamin B6. Dietary sources include meats, whole-grain products, avocado, vegetables, nuts, and bananas. Deficiency leads to skin conditions (scaly, flaky, itchy, and red skin), inflammation of skin near the mouth, anemia, low energy level, and impaired skin sensation. Although dietary deficiencies are typically uncommon, use of oral contraceptives and treatment with certain medications can lead to low vitamin B6 levels. Vitamin B6 has been used to treat nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, lower blood pressure and cholesterol thereby improving heart disease, and to improve depression symptoms.

Vitamin B12– 50mcg (833% DV): This vitamin is the largest and most structurally complex vitamin and plays a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, as well as the metabolism of every cell of the body, especially affecting DNA synthesis and regulation. Supplementation is important for vegans, whose food provides few sources of this vitamin and whose deficiency can potentially cause severe and irreversible damage with levels only slightly lower than normal causing fatigue, depression, and poor memory. Many medications, including those used for heartburn (ex. Prilosec), and diabetes can lead to low levels and the symptoms of deficiency. Most animal derived foods, including fish, shellfish, meat, eggs, milk, and milk products contain vitamin B12. This vitamin is very common in energy drinks and energy shots and supplementation is effective for preventing deficiencies, especially in vegetarians.

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) – 300mg (500% DV): Vitamin C is involved in collagen synthesis and is essential to the development and maintenance of scar tissue, blood vessels, and cartilage. It is also necessary for the synthesis of carnitine, which is involved in ATP generation and energy. Natural sources with high levels include fresh fruits and vegetables. Deficiency leads to a condition called scurvy resulting in brown spots on the skin, spongy gums, and bleeding from mucous membranes. Severe, untreated cases would eventually lead to death but is uncommon today. (Think back to grade school and pioneers sailing for new lands, Magellan lost 208 out of 230 of his crew all mainly to scurvy). It is a highly effective antioxidant that is consumed quickly during infections and supplementation may lessen the length of the common cold.

Vitamin D3 - 400IU (100% DV): The more active form of vitamin D, vitamin D3 is involved in the absorption of calcium and other minerals and is beneficial for bone health. Deficiency remains common worldwide in children (rickets) and adults (osteomalacia) and low levels in women during pregnancy are associated with multiple pregnancy and fetus complications.

Vitamin E – 30IU (100% DV): Vitamin E’s most important function is as an antioxidant that stops the production of free radicals when fat undergoes oxidation, protecting cell membranes. It also effects genes related to wound repair and regeneration of cellular tissue. Deficiencies can cause muscle movement disorders, immune response disorders, vision problems, and anemia. It is found in corn oil, margarine, sunflower and safflower oils.

Vitamin K – 80mcg (100% DV): This vitamin is essential for proper blood coagulation and the activity of calcium in bones and other tissues. It is found in high amounts in green leafy vegetables (due to its role in photosynthesis), as well as broccoli and brussel sprouts. Absorption is greater when accompanied by fats such as butter or oils, and some fruit such as avocado, kiwifruit, and grapes. Deficiencies can lead to anemia, easy bruising, bleeding of the gums, heavy menses, other uncontrolled bleeding, weakened bones, and calcification of blood vessels and soft tissues such as skin. Deficiencies are typically seen in those who are on a stringent diet, have an eating disorder, or take anticoagulant medications or aspirin. Vitamin K can be taken in many routes and also is used topically to reduce postoperative bruising, treat spider veins, treat skin conditions such as rosacea, and to aid in fading dark skin spots and dark under-eye circles.

Biotin (Vitamin H) – 600mcg (200% DV): Biotin is necessary for cell growth, the metabolism of fats and amino acids, the production of fatty acids and glucose, and may help balance blood sugar levels. High sources of biotin include leafy green vegetables, raw egg yolk (not together with egg whites which reduces egg yolk biotin effectiveness), and liver. Relatively low biotin levels have been found in athletes, during pregnancy and lactation. Deficiency symptoms include brittle nails, hair loss, facial skin changes (scaly, red rash), eye redness, as well as numerous neurological symptoms.

It should now be easy to understand why supplementing with a quality multivitamin complex such as Vibrance, that contains adequate amounts of the essential vitamins is so important for your overall health and that of your hair, skin, and nails. Nourishing your body on the inside with the vitamins it needs, will ensure that it also shows on the outside with vibrance.

As always, talk to your doctor before adding a vitamin or supplement to your diet if you have a current health condition or are taking daily medications to ensure that it does not interfere with your condition or medications.

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