What is Vitamin A (Palmitate and Beta Carotene)?
Active Life™ has Vitamin A available both in the form of retinyl acetate or retinyl palmitate (preformed vitamin A), beta-carotene (provitamin A).
Vitamin A is known to play a major role in supporting good vision, a healthy immune system, and cell growth. It has also been studied as a treatment for many other conditions.
What is Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)?
Vitamin C has a vital role in the body. Its antioxidant properties help to protect cells and their DNA from damage and mutation as part of your daily nutrition. Vitamin C supports the immune system too, your body's first line of defence against infection and organism invasion.
Vitamin C may help to protect against disease, and may help to prevent it if used as part of your overall healthy lifestyle. It has even been used, in larger controlled doses, as a treatment against some types of cancer (see Linus Pauling theories, http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vitamins/vitaminC/)
A severe lack of the proper amount of vitamin C may decrease the effectiveness of the immune system response. Research shows that immune function improves when Vitamin C intake is restored in amounts high enough to avoid deficiency.
What is Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol)?
Vitamin D3 or Cholecalciferol is the most potent and bio-available form of Vitamin D. It is used to help treat and prevent bone disorders (such as rickets, osteomalacia). It aids overall bone health, helping the body to develop and maintain strong, healthy bones.
Vitamin D with calcium is advised for people with, or to help prevent osteoporosis. Vitamin D is also used, along with other medications or supplementation, to treat low levels of calcium or phosphate caused by certain disorders (such as hypoparathyroidism, pseudohypoparathyroidism, familial hypophosphatemia). It may be used as part of a nutritional regime in kidney disease to help the body keep calcium levels normal and allow normal bone growth.
What Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate)?
Vitamin E is an important vitamin required for the proper function of many organs in the body. It functions as an antioxidant and helps to protect the body via its capabilities as an anti-inflammatory and immune enhancement.
Vitamin E may help in the overall prevention of disease and some of the signs of aging. For the skin it is known to also help increase the healing rate of wounds because it minimizes oxidation reactions and also keeps the cuts moist.
What is Vitamin K (Phytonadione)?
Phytonadione (vitamin K) is used to help prevent bleeding in people with blood clotting problems and reverse the effects of blood thinning medications. It may also be used as part of the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and to help relieve itching that often accompanies a liver disease called biliary cirrhosis.
Vitamin K is also applied to the skin to aid the removal of spider veins, bruises, scars, stretch marks, and burns. After surgery, it is recommended to speed up skin healing and reduce bruising and swelling.
What is Vitamin B1 (Thiamin Mononitrate) ?
Vitamin B1 is necessary to convert the foods you eat into energy and help your body metabolize protein. It is needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes and liver, as well as in the proper function of the nervous system.
Vitamin B1 is thought to help in the overall maintanence of mucous membranes, nervous system, plus heart and other muscles, supporting normal growth and development. It also supports restoration of deficiency caused by disease or inadequate diet.
What is Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)?
Riboflavin is necessary for proper growth and repair such as in the development and function of the skin, lining of the digestive tract, blood cells, and many other parts of the body. Riboflavin is known to be involved in the health of the skin, muscles, blood, and eyes.
What is Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide)?
Niacinamide can be made from niacin in the body. Niacin is converted to niacinamide when it is taken in amounts greater than what is needed by the body. It is helpful for the proper function of fats and sugars in the body and to maintain healthy cells.
Niacinamide may be helpful as part of a regime for diabetes, and also for some skin disorders. It is known to support treatment of vitamin B3 deficiency and hence related conditions to this deficiency.
What is Vitamin B5 (Calcium Pantothenate)?
D-calcium pantothenate is a synthetic substance made from pantothenic acid and packaged as vitamin B5 supplements. Vitamin B-5 is an essential nutrient that is used by the body to create energy and break down carbohydrates and fats.
As with the other B-complex vitamins, Vitamin B5 is also needed to carry out many nervous system functions. Doctors often prescribe D-calcium pantothenate as part of a treatment for acne and morning stiffness related with rheumatoid arthritis.
What is Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride)?
Pyridoxine is required for the proper function of sugars, fats, and proteins in the body. It is also required for the proper growth and development of the brain, nerves, skin, and many other parts of the body, as well as proper function of the immune system, eyes, and bladder.
Pyridoxine may be helpful for use in pyridoxine deficiency and balancing homocysteine, and cholesterol as part of a full treatment regime.
What is Folic Acid (Vitamin B Conjugate)?
Together with vitamin B12 and vitamin C, Folic acid functions to metabolize protein in the body. It is vital for the formation of red and white blood cells and necessary for the proper differentiation and growth of cells, as well as for the development of the fetus.
Folic acid is also used to form the nucleic acid of DNA and RNA. It increases the appetite and stimulates the production of stomach acid for digestion, aiding and maintaining a healthy digestive system, including the vital work of the liver. A deficiency of folic acid may lead to health issues including a potential decreased production of red blood cells, which in turn reduces the amounts of oxygen and nutrients that are able to get to the tissues.
What is Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin)?
Methylcobalamin is necessary for the healthy development and balance of the circulatory, immune and nervous systems. It helps in routine treatments for alleviating nerve damage and promoting nerve cell regeneration as part of a good nutritional recommendation. Methylcobalamin also may play a role in sleep and mood balance.
What is Biotin?
Together with the rest of the B-complex vitamins, Biotin has an important role of helping your body to process energy, and carry carbon dioxide all throughout. With proper Biotin levels, your sweat glands, nerve tissue and bone marrow also function at maximum efficiency.
Aside from its function as a metabolic booster, Biotin may play a major role in your body's ability to produce balanced blood glucose and in the growth and maintenance of your hair and nails.
What is Zinc (Zinc Oxide)?
Zinc Oxide is used in deficiency due to poor diet, certain illnesses, or during pregnancy. Taking a good zinc supplement is a good way to prevent zinc deficiency. Zinc deficiency, if not treated, can often result in slowing wound repair, limiting brain function, hair loss, diarrhea and skin lesions.
What is Organic Selenomethionine?
Selenium is an essential mineral and selenomethionine is an amino acid-based type of organic selenium found naturally in food. Organic Selenomethionine is more easily absorbed in the body than non-organic forms of selenium. It has potential antioxidant properties, which may promote immune system health.
What is Copper (Copper Gluconate)?
Copper is involved in numerous biochemical reactions in human cells. It is a component in the manufacture of multiple enzymes, most of which play roles as antioxidants.
Copper is also believed to be involved with the regulation of gene expression, mitochondrial function/cellular metabolism, connective tissue formation, as well as the absorption, storage, and metabolism of iron.
What is Manganese (Manganese Gluconate)?
Manganese gluconate supports various essential body functions. It has been traditionally used in the past as part of a nutritional recommendation to help improve bone health.
Manganese gluconate also may support the formation of connective tissue, such as collagen, ligaments, tendons, and fascia, as well as the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates for energy, providing a possible ergogenic effect.
What is Chromium (Chromium Polynicotinate)?
Chromium polynicotinate is an essential trace mineral that is needed to metabolize carbohydrates, glucose and energy. Chromium supplementation may benefit people with diabetes by helping in the regulation of blood glucose as part of a recommended dietary aid. It may also support a depression nutritional regime, as well as healthy muscles and weight.
What is Iodine (Potassium Iodide)?
Iodine, along with the amino acid L-Tyrosine, work together to activate the T3 and T4 hormones, which are essential to the metabolism, energy conservation, and overall immune system of the body. These thyroid hormones are crucial because they cause the pituitary gland to release TSH or thyroid stimulating hormone, which works synergistically with the rest of the hormones in the body.
Potassium iodide has been used in the past as an expectorant, to loosen and break up mucus in the airways. It has also been used along with antithyroid medicines to prepare the thyroid gland for surgical removal, or to treat certain thyroid conditions, as well as to help protect the thyroid in a radiation exposure emergency.
What is Molybdenum (Sodium)?
Molybdenum is a trace mineral that works in the body to break down proteins and other substances. Molybdenum may be useful in helping to treat metabolic diseases involving copper deficiencies. Although not enough research has been made on this finding, molybdenum is also believed to have potentially powerful antioxidant properties.