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7 Surprising Benefits of Vitamins and Minerals

7 Surprising Benefits of Vitamins and Minerals

Posted in Workouts & Tips by Elite Supps


It’s no secret that vitamins are hugely important for a healthy body. But, they’re also packed with a range of positive health effects that you may not be aware of. Here, we break it down and fill you in on some of the surprising benefits supplements are packed with, and exactly why you should be making sure you’re getting your fix.

Vitamin C – the Wrinkle Stopper

When one thinks of vitamin c, it is often automatically associated with curing (or helping with) the common cold. However, this little vitamin packs a powerful punch in other ways too. As well as being thought to help prevent more serious complications of a cold, it also protects against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal problems eye disease and even helps to prevent wrinkles! Yep, a daily dose of vitamin c can help prevent those fine lines, which is why the vitamin is featured in so many skin products – it prevents sagging skin by increasing elasticity.

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Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin

After a long winter many people crave a dose of the ‘sunshine vitamin’, Vitamin D. The sun’s rays help to produce this vitamin naturally in your skin. However, along with the fact that the sun isn’t always shining, staying in the sun can produce countless problems, including skin cancer and wrinkles. Therefore, it’s much easier to take the vitamin as a substance. One of the surprising benefits of taking Vitamin D is that it helps to fight depression. Much more than an old wives tale, often people feel blue in winter, and this can be because of a lack of vitamin D. Aside from the sunshine effects of Vitamin D, studies have actually also show that taking the supplement can help people lose weight more quickly. We don’t know about you, but we sure don’t need any more convincing!

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Ginseng – The Magic Memory Vitamin

Ever struggled to remember a phone number or a certain date? If so, you might simply need to add more ginseng to your diet. Studies have found that the plant has the proven effect of improving memory. This is because ginseng stimulates the brain and improves concentration and cognitive activity. In fact, Ginseng is being trialled at the moment in helping Alzheimer’s disease.

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Vitamin E – The beauty vitamin

To put it simply, Vitamin E is the beauty vitamin. Along with a range of health benefits, it also works wonders on skin and hair to add lustre. A dose of vitamin E will help moisturize your skin, help grow your nails, make your lips soft and supple, heal sunburn, battle premature aging and smooth split ends. Whew! And, it’s not just hearsay, there’s been a tonne of skin care studies that confirm these benefits. One study showed that when Vitamin E’s used just before UV exposure, the skin is less red, swollen and dry.

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Vitamin B – The All Rounder

Vitamin B complex is, well, pretty complex. It’s made up of the 8 B vitamins – B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12. Because there’s a huge range of different vitamins packed into this one, it has a huge range of benefits too. One of the benefits of Vitamin B complex is that it helps the body make healthy new cells, which helps reduce stress levels on your body as new cells help protect the immune system. The B3 vitamin also produces HDL Niacin which has been found to treat acne. Like Vitamin E, the vitamin B7 found in vitamin B complex is also known as a ‘beauty vitamin’. This one helps promote healthy hair skin and nails.

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Iron – The Necessity

Iron is a mineral that is absolutely essential in your overall health. Iron is an important part of the haemoglobin molecule, which is found at the centre of red blood cells. The haemoglobin aids in the transport of oxygen from lungs to all of your cells. So if your iron levels are lacking, so too will your overall health be. If your diet is lacking in iron an easy way to up your levels is by taking iron tablets/supplements. And a lack of iron isn’t a rare thing whatsoever. In fact, iron deficiency – otherwise known as anaemia – is the most common nutritional disorder in the world, with at least 30% of the population suffering from anaemia. Signs that you may be low in iron include; a weak dizzy feeling, low body tempreture and/or headaches.

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Zinc – The Cancer Fighter

Like a lot of other vitamins, Zinc has a huge range of health benefits not limited to fighting diabetes, balancing hormones, increasing the immune system, preventing diarrhoea and increasing fertility. It’s also been found to be a power anti-oxidant that may fight cancer. It has been particularly helpful in elderly patients, as it has the ability to support health cell division which in turn can prevent cancerous cell mutation and stunt tumour growth.

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