If you take a daily multivitamin or you’re shopping for your first one, make sure you purchase A quality complete formula. Vitamins and minerals alone may not be enough. Here are 3 essential Ingredients to look for in a balanced and synergistic multivitamin to ensure optimum health:
- Amino Acids (Vegetarian) -. Amino acids enable vitamins and minerals to perform their jobs properly. Even if vitamins and minerals are absorbed and assimilated by the body, they cannot be effective unless the necessary amino acids are present. Amino acids are the chemical units or “building blocks” that make up proteins. They are the end products of protein digestion, or hydrolysis. It is protein that provides the structure for all living things. Proteins are chains of amino acids linked together by what are called peptide bonds. The proteins that make up the human body are not obtained from the diet. Rather, dietary protein is broken down into its constituent amino acids, which the body then uses to build specific proteins it needs. Thus, it is the amino acids rather than protein that are the essential nutrients.
- Digestive Enzymes (Vegetarian) - The late Dr. Edward Howell, a physician and pioneer in enzyme research, called enzymes the “sparks of Life.” These energized protein molecules play a necessary role in virtually all of the biochemical activities that go on in the body. They are essential for digesting food, for stimulating the brain, for providing cellular energy, and for repairing all tissues, organs, and cells. Digestive enzymes break down food particles for energy. Amylase: Carbohydrate digestion, Protease:Protein digestion, Lipase: Fat digestion, Cellulase: Fiber digestion, Lactase: Lactose (milk sugar) digestion.
- Coenzyme Q10 – supports production of energy in every cell of the body. It aids circulation, stimulates the immune system, increases tissue oxygenation, and has antiaging effects. Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin like substance found in all parts of the body. It may even be a more powerful antioxidant. Research has revealed that it may counter histamine, and therefore is beneficial for people with allergies, asthma, or respiratory disease. Some health care professionals have used it to treat anomalies of mental function, such as those associated with schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. (Source-Prescription for Nutritional Healing Fourth Edition, Phyllis Balch, CNC)