This is another jack of all trades. A powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C works to protect our cells from oxidative stress (alongside Vitamins A & E), in doing so, maintaining healthy skin, bones, blood vessels, cartilage as well as helping with wound healing too.
Word on the street has been, for many years, focused on the idea that Vitamin C is the number one at-home remedy for preventing coughs and colds. However, up to date research has instead found that taking Vitamin C everyday does not reduce your risk of getting a cough or a cold in the first place. Instead, it lessens the severity of the symptoms and can shorten the duration of the illness.
Therefore, getting enough of the vitamin is particularly important during winter when there is usually a spike in people suffering from colds, coughs, and sneezes. But that’s not all…
Vitamin C is also an important co-factor for collagen biosynthesis plus Its other benefits include reducing tiredness and fatigue by contributing to the normal metabolism of iron.
Vitamin C is abundant in citrus fruits, strawberries, blackcurrants, broccoli, sprouts, potatoes, and red and green peppers. But… it's important to note that vitamin C can't be stored in the body, so it is an essential part of your daily diet; either through foods or supplements that contain Vitamin C.
Current recommendation suggests that at least 40mg per day is required which is why our Active Collagen recovery gels contain exactly that, to maximise collagen biosynthesis.
Next up is a group of vitamins, often referred to as the B Vitamin Complex.
The B vitamins are a group of 8 vitamins that, like Vitamin D and C play key roles in a variety of body systems. But they are especially effective in improving our mood, and cognitive functions as well as being critical for a healthy and balanced nervous system.
Vitamin B12, can help us during the winter as it has been shown to help those suffering from anxiety and depression. This is so important in winter when instances of depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or just the dreaded winter blues are at a yearly high.
Vitamin B12 does this working hand in hand with another important mineral Magnesium… but more on that in a bit.
All 8 B Vitamins have a range of benefits for the human body:
- Vitamin B1 has been shown to aid the normal function of the heart.
- Vitamin B6 supports protein and glycogen metabolism.
- Vitamins B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12 can all help reduce tiredness and fatigue to support exercise and training intensity.
The only downside is that it is found almost exclusively in animal protein sources such as meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, and eggs - therefore vegans or those on a plant-based diet are at risk of deficiency as it's unlikely they will be able to obtain enough through diet alone.
B Vitamins can be found individually in supplements, but knowing how important each one is, it isn’t very cost-effective to be taking that many tablets. A good multivitamin should contain the full B Vitamin Complex (but not all of them do) and are a cost-effective and appealing way to get your daily requirement of essential vitamins and minerals.
U Perform’s Active Balance contains 71 essential vitamins, minerals, plant extracts, amino acids and more to help you optimise your diet – all in just 2 easy-to-swallow tablets per day.