Published on: 05/14/19
Now, most of us are fully aware that we need vitamins. However, how much do we actually know about raw vitamins? Do we know why they’re better than the other choices out there, or is it really just the blind leading the blind when deciding on whether to buy synthetic, raw or natural supplements?
No need to wrack your brains for answers anymore. We’ve put together a quick guide for you, telling you everything you need to know about raw vitamins.
Before we get started on what raw vitamins are all about, let’s warm up with a quick run-through of vitamins 101.
What are Vitamins?
Vitamins are characterized as a group of organic substances. Not only are they present in different types of natural foods, but they are often sold in supplementary pill form. Vitamins are essential to sustaining normal and well-functioning metabolism and help the body fulfill its basic functions and processes.
Insofar as we don’t produce any, or enough, vitamins, we are usually advised by a doctor to take supplements. That way, the vitamin balance in the body can be restored. If we, for one reason or the other, don’t produce (or have) enough of a given vitamin, we might increase the risk of getting certain medical conditions.
As of now, there are 13 recognized vitamins: Vitamin A, B, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12, C, D, E, K. They each work in different areas of the body and impact certain processes and functions.
It’s important to remember that vitamins don’t include dietary minerals, essential fatty acids or essential amino acids.
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So, What are Raw Vitamins?
Now, when we think of vitamins, we often think of those supplement bottled vitamins. However, this is where raw vitamins come into the picture.
The vitamins that are bottled are often synthetic, man-made chemical compounds designed to mimic the way natural vitamins react with our body processes. For this reason, many reasons nutritionists and healthy eating proponents encourage the consumption of the raw version.
The story about raw vitamins is another.
There are two different types of raw vitamins; there are the vitamins you get from eating raw food, and then there are vitamin supplements that are derived from organic whole food. These are opposed to the synthesized vitamins that are produced from chemicals.
What are the Benefits of Raw Vitamins and Minerals
Here are some of the ingredients and benefits that are commonly found in raw vitamins.
100% Raw organic wild bilberry
Bilberry contains something called tannins (a type of biomolecules). Not only can this help improve irritation, swelling, and inflammation, but it’s also suggested that some of the chemicals found in bilberry can help lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Another great thing about bilberry are the flavonoids that have the potential to improve blood circulation in people with diabetes.
Vitamin C (Acerola)
Vitamin C doesn’t just work wonders for the immune system but it also helps stimulate the white blood cells, which adds to our body’s overall protection against illness.
Polyphenol (Feno Chaga)
Feno chaga is for some known as the immune system’s white knight. Feno chaga comes from mushrooms and works to strengthen the immune system. On top of this, it’s said to have great potential with both enhancing the protection against pathogens and facilitating stronger inflammatory responses. As if all this wasn’t enough for it to gain popularity, feno chaga also supports respiratory health.
Berries, being the nutritional powerhouse that it is, are widely popular for their long line of benefits. They contain a large amount of both vitamins and minerals along with fibers and antioxidants. Berries have shown effective in helping various digestive and immune-related disorders, and thanks to their strong antioxidant capacity, they can reduce the risk of heart disease and help cure other inflammatory conditions.
Sea buckthorns are extracted from the berries, leaves, and seeds of the sea buckthorn plant. They can be applied to the skin or ingested, depending on what they’re being used for. Not only are they full of antioxidants, but both the seeds and the leaves are particularly rich in quercetin; a flavonoid linked to lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of heart disease.
Another member of the berry family, blackcurrant is a rich source of vitamin C. In fact, these berries contain up to three times more vitamin C than oranges do. Their combination of vitamin C, natural phenolic compounds and anthocyanins make them an anti-inflammatory hero, promoting both cardiovascular health and brain health.
Despite a rather unfortunate cling to the name, chokeberries are, in fact, a great repair tool for the body. First of all, they have a unique ability to improve digestive processes and protect the body against free radicals. Secondly, they’re known to reduce inflammation and play a role in protecting the immune system.
And now back to the powerhouse of berries. Lingonberries, another anti-inflammatory player with a ton of nutrients and vitamins. Adding this vitamin to your diet, one way or the other might have gut-health-promoting effects.
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Beetroot is loaded with a ton of essential nutrients. Not only are they a great source of fiber, vitamin B9, manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C, but beetroot has long been connected with improved blood flow, lower blood pressure, and increased exercise performance.
Redcurrant is full of anthocyanins, polyphenolic substances, antioxidants, vitamin C and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). This makes it a great helper when it comes to things like blood flow, immune system, eye health, gut health, and kidney health.
We know them as small, yellow-flowered plants, but there’s a lot more to them than their pretty appearance. Calendula flowers help normalize your gastrointestinal system while eliminating inflammation of all sorts.
We all need zinc in order to maintain good overall health and keep up with our basic functions. In fact, we need a small amount of zinc every single day - most people get it from the food they eat. Zinc comes with a long line of benefits. Not only does it help the production of hormones, but it also promotes growth and repair. In addition to that, it’s also well-known for facilitating digestion.
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Last on the list, we have magnesium. Magnesium is crucial for healthy body functioning as it works many different areas in the body and makes sure that we’re always working at our best. Among other things, it helps increase your energy levels, enables you to sleep better at night and helps keep your heart healthy. As magnesium is known to be a general muscle relaxant, it can improve things such as migraines, hypertension, and pain.
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