God forbid you’ll ever be in the position that you’ll need to take natural remedies. These are natural alternatives to clinical prescriptions for a variety of diseases or illnesses, some more serious than others. The term here is deliberately generalized because it can also be sub-divided into a number of categories, each to its own use, if you will. Among physically active men and women, vitamin supplements are quite popular because it contributes towards boosting energy levels and helps to repair tired cells and tissues after its exertions. Just remember that no matter what your lifestyle is at the moment, you can never replace your healthy fruit, vegetables and meat with vitamin and other natural supplements or remedies.

This post highlights two vitamins and two potent compounds or elements that come in the form of remedies or supplements which you can take, provided you are physically active and exercising. If you happen to be ill, or worse, you should already be dealing with your medical specialist. You can, however, ask him about the natural alternatives if the subject hasn’t already been broached or introduced to you.

•    VITAMIN D – This vitamin, in its natural form is found mostly in fish oils. It is essential for the absorption of calcium. For those concerned about weight loss they will be pleased to learn that this vitamin aids it. It is, however, recommended that obese or overweight men and women should have their vitamin D levels tested before embarking on a low-fat diet and taking a daily/weekly dose of vitamin D supplements, if required.
•    IRON – Iron is omnipresent almost. That’s because it is present in most foods. While we are all moving away from such foods, iron is also added to many processed and packaged food products. Nevertheless, particularly the case for people who have an acute deficiency of the mineral, iron is widely available as a dietary supplement. It is also scientifically defined as an erythrocyte protein. It transfers oxygen from the lungs to the tissues. In this sense, the iron source is handy for those of you who are going to be physically active and embarking on highly intensive exercises. Iron is essential to aid hormonal development and growth and maintenance of the body’s cells. Dietary iron comes in two forms, namely; heme and nonheme. Plants and many processed food products contain the nonheme version, while most sources of protein-enriched meat, poultry and sea foods contain both heme and non-heme.
•    OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS – This is an unsaturated fatty acid which occurs mainly in fish oils. Mysteriously, the human body is not able to produce these healthy fats, hence the need for it. While the compound is popularly found in fish oils, note that it is also found in plant oils. Overall, there are three forms of omega 3 fatty acids, namely; linolenic acid (ALA, found in plant oils), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, found in fish) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Let’s also think how the fatty acid supplements are chiefly made up. In this sense, note that the marine variants are mainly derived from phytoplankton and marine algae. From an exercise point of view, ingesting these supplements is hugely beneficial because it will help to reduce stiffness. In general terms, the health benefits are extensive and aid people in reducing the effects and/or possibilities associated with dementia, ageing, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, asthma and depression. The fatty acids also benefit the development of infants.
•    VITAMIN C – Simply put, this is my favorite vitamin, mainly because I derive it from my favorite fruits, specifically oranges and apples. While it is widely recommended that we should all be consuming most fruits and vegetables, I generally enjoy the habit of having a regular glass of iced orange juice, particularly after a workout. And the vitamin is, of course, available as a dietary supplement. But no more than two thousand milligrams of this vitamin per day is recommended. Overindulgence among sensitive people can cause nausea and diarrhea. As a supplement, the vitamin can be enjoyed as a chewable tablet, just like most sweets. But it remains prevalent in most vegetables and fruits, and not just oranges and other citrus fruits. Vitamin C aids the body in absorbing iron.

Honestly, I really think I’ve given you more than enough information to digest for one day. Of course there are plenty more vitamins and natural sources of energy and growth development to sift through. In this post, I mentioned that weight-loss patients need to be tested for vitamin D levels before embarking on a crash diet. If you want to be truly effective in your own physiological development and maintenance, you can, of course, be tested for the entire spectrum of essentials and then focus on those areas where you might be weak.

Written by jess