The ABCs of vitamins
Article written in collaboration with Vie de parents and Centrum.
Vitamins are essential elements that the human body needs to function normally. They are involved in the skeleton's growth and several internal systems' development. Most vitamins are found in foods; however, supplements may be necessary to obtain the quantity required to maintain your overall health.
The role of vitamins
Each of the vitamins plays a specific role in ensuring the proper functioning of the body. They are, therefore, very important in keeping your health in check. Here is a brief overview of their functions.
La vitamine A
Vitamin A contributes to the health of your eyes, skin and mucous membranes. It also strengthens immune function.
La vitamine B
Thiamine or vitamin B1 helps to maintain your energy levels.
Riboflavin, or vitamin B2, supports energy metabolism and contributes to tissue formation.
Niacin and niacinamide, two different forms of vitamin B3, help with growth and development.
Pantothenic acid, or vitamin B5 and vitamin B6, also supports energy metabolism and contributes to tissue formation.
Biotin, or vitamin B8, contributes to hair, nails, mucous membranes and skin health.
Folate, or vitamin B9, and vitamin B12 are involved in the formation of red blood cells.
Vitamin C strengthens bones, cartilage, teeth and gums.
Vitamin D is also involved in bone and tooth health.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant whose main function is to preserve health.
Vitamins K1 and K2 are involved in the process of calcium fixation on the bones.
A multivitamin is a practical option if you need to take several vitamins.
A multivitamin: An effective solution
A multivitamin formula is a great solution because it contains several types of vitamins and minerals essential to your body's functioning in a single tablet. In fact, multivitamins support several vital body functions, play a role in disease prevention, and promote overall health.
Centrum offers a variety of multivitamins suitable for all age groups, from 4 to 50 years and up. Vitamin supplements compensate for nutrient deficiencies not covered by your diet. In fact, multivitamins for adults contain up to 27 micronutrients that are essential to the body's functions.
Formulas adapted to people aged 50 and over
Centrum has developed a line of multivitamins adapted to the needs of women and men who are 50 and over. These multivitamins contain nutrients, such as calcium, vitamins D, B and A, and iron, in sufficient quantities to meet the specific nutritional needs of people in this age group.
Different types of multivitamins
Centrum offers different types of multivitamins to suit individual preferences. Multivitamins are available as swallowable tablets, smaller mini swallowable tablets that retain the same effective formulation as regular tablets, chewable tablets, or gummies that are fruit-flavoured and easy to chew.
Don't hesitate to ask your healthcare professional about multivitamins. They will be able to guide you to the right formula for your needs.
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