One of the basic, essential building blocks of the human body is vitamins. Certain vitamins are needed at certain stages of life to ensure development of bone, skin, muscle and nerves at the fetal stage and to maintain the body throughout an adult person’s life.
One vital aspect of life extension is ensuring that our bodies are well maintained and are getting the right nutrients in the right quantities at the right time. This will reduce stress throughout our body and our quality of life will extend and enable us to enjoy life for longer.
What are vitamins?
Vitamins are nutrients vital for the growth and development of all living beings, but in different kinds and quantities. We can’t give our pets or feed our pot plants the same kinds of vitamins in the same quantities we use, to make them healthier.
Vitamins are organized by their biochemical activity. Some, like Vitamin D, function like hormones while others, like Vitamin E, function like antioxidants. The large group of Vitamin B complex function as coenzymes, helping enzymes in their function in metabolism.
Vitamins are classed as either water-soluble or fat-soluble:
- Water soluble vitamins dissolve easily in water and leave the body easily in our urine. They do not accumulate in the body and need to be taken on a regular basis.
- Fat-soluble vitamins are absorbed into the intestines with certain fats. They are more likely to be stored in the body than water soluble vitamins.
Until the 1930’s vitamins were obtained only through food intake. The vitamin B complex and Vitamin C were the first vitamins to be sold. By the middle of the 20th century vitamins were widely available as inexpensive food supplements and additives. Today we are even more aware of the positive connection between life quality extension and suitable vitamin intake on a regular basis.
What is the Recommended Dosage of Vitamins?
The most common question regarding vitamins is to do with dosage. “How much vitamin C should I take? What’s the recommended dose for vitamin B6?” The answers to these questions are a lot less simple and depend on individual health conditions and prescription medication being taken at that time. Daily activities and medical history provide vital information when deciding which vitamins are needed and in which quantities. It is always advised to confer with a professional before taking vitamins and supplements in order to ensure the best effects according to each person’s situation.
Vitamins and Life Quality Extension
More and more people are turning to healthy living with a balanced diet and physical activity to enhance their quality of life. Not only the ‘Golden Generation’ is focused on life extension, but also the younger generations, who are doing everything in their power to improve their quality of life.
In our quest for life extension, we strive to find the optimum balance between a healthy diet and vitamin supplements in order to provide our body with the kinds of vitamins needed in the quantities required.