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The importance of vitamins to health Vitamins are organic compounds essential to health with no caloric value. Although they are present in the diet in trace amounts, they participate in many of the body’s key functions. Some have to be obtained from the diet since the body is unable to produce them. individuals who do not consume a balanced diet, and whose basic needs are not being met (insufficientintake), are at greater risk of vitamin deficiency.

It can be difficult to make the link between state of health and vitamin deficiency, especially as when clinical symptoms become apparent, deficiency is already likely to be at an advanced stage. Adequate intake sufficient to maintain good health will vary from person to person, depending on state of health (digestive disorders, chronic disease, alcoholism, etc) as well as age. Furthermore, several studies suggest that recommended daily intakes for nutrients may be too low for our actual needs. Given the preventive powers of many vitamins, it would seem a shame to confine ourselves to minimum amounts.

In cases of vitamin deficiency, taking vitamin supplements is really the only solution. Whether for prevention or treatment, below are Supersmart’s recommendations for vitamins in their most effective forms.

Annatto Tocotrienols 50 mgAnnatto Tocotrienols 50 mg
Beneficial for cardiovascular health. 90% delta-tocotrienols, the most biologically active form of vitamin E.
60 softgels
$34.00
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Asc2P 250 mgAsc2P 250 mg
A stable and potent form of vitamin C that can penetrate cells, and that maintains telomere length
60 Veg. Caps.
$32.00
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Benfotiamine 80 mgBenfotiamine 80 mg
Remarkable inhibitor of Advanced Glycation Endproducts (AGE)
120 Veg. Caps
$25.00
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CarottolCarottol
Wide-spectrum natural carotenoid complex
60 Veg. Caps
$51.00
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Coenzymated B FormulaCoenzymated B Formula
Complete range of B vitamins directly usable by the body. New formulation with even greater bioavailability
30 sublingual tablets
$37.00
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Complete KComplete K
Complete formulation – the three most bioavailable forms of vitamin K
60 Veg. Caps.
$36.00
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-35%
Ester C 600 mgEster C 600 mg
Non-acidic, four-times-better-absorbed form of vitamin C
120 Veg. Caps
$22.10$34.00
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Gamma E TocopherolsGamma E Tocopherols
Powerful mix of antioxidants
120 Softgels®
$59.00
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Inositol Hexanicotinate (IHN) 500 mgInositol Hexanicotinate (IHN) 500 mg
Improved, safer, ‘no-flush' form of niacin
90 Veg. Caps
$26.00
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New
Liposomal Vitamin C 335 mgLiposomal Vitamin C 335 mg
Highly-bioavailable form of vitamin C
90 Softgels
$45.00
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MK-7 90 mcg + Vitamin D3MK-7 90 mcg + Vitamin D3
Now in a single daily dose! A form of vitamin K2 with high bioavailability
60 softgels
$35.00
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Methylcobalamine 1 mgMethylcobalamine 1 mg
The most active form of vitamin B12, used primarily to regenerate neurons.
100 sublingual tablets
$19.00
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Natural E 400Natural E 400
400 IU Alpha Tocopherol (natural Vitamin E) 
100 softgels
$34.00
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-70%
Niacinamide 500 mgNiacinamide 500 mg
First-generation tool of anti-ageing gene therapy.
180 Veg. Caps
$7.80$26.00
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Pantethine 200 mgPantethine 200 mg
A derivative form of vitamin B5 for combatting ‘bad’ cholesterol
90 Veg. Caps.
$39.00
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SuperFolate 200 mcgSuperFolate 200 mcg
A new generation of folic acid recognised as safe and effective by the EFSA and FDA
120 tablets
$19.00
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Triple CTriple C
Ascorbic acid + calcium ascorbate + ascorbic palmitate
90 Veg. Caps
$24.00
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Vitamin D3 1 000 UIVitamin D3 1 000 UI
Healthy individuals now require a minimum dose of 1000 IU a day.
150 Softgels
$16.00
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Vitamin D3 5000 IUVitamin D3 5000 IU
To help prevent the risks of vitamin D deficiency Fat-soluble vitamin in oil form = increased bioavailability
60 softgels
$18.00
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-35%
Vitamin D3 Spray 2000 IUVitamin D3 Spray 2000 IU
In its most absorbable form to prevent chronic disease.
25 ml
$11.04$17.00
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Deficiency-risk’ vitamins


Here, we summarise the main functions of several ‘deficiency-risk’ vitamins, and their best dietary sources. Vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin) is essential for healthy bones and teeth. It enables the body to use phosphorus and calcium to ensure growth and maintenance of bone structure. There are two forms of vitamin D – ergocalciferol (or vitamin d2) present in plants, and an animal form called cholecalciferol (or vitamin d3). Both are converted by the body into calcitrol, the form responsible for vitamin D’s benefits. A lack of vitamin D can be caused by too little time in the sun: exposure to the sun’s rays actually generates almost 80% of the vitamin D we need.

For optimum efficacy, vitamin D should be taken in small doses at repeated intervals (as the body can absorb no more than 500mg of calcium at a time). Where is vitamin D found? Foods rich in vitamin D include fish (salmon, herring, tuna), eggs, milk and soya drinks.

Vitamin C protects against infection, promotes healing and facilitates iron absorption. It is often indicated in cases of short-term fatigue. Where can you find vitamin C? In many brightly-coloured fruits and vegetables (peppers, oranges, strawberries, kiwi, broccoli…).

Vitamin K is essential for processes of coagulation and tissue calcification. Common in new-born babies, vitamin K deficiency can be corrected through supplementation. It may also help prevent and treat osteoporosis. Which foods are the best sources of vitamin K? Primarily, green vegetables (particularly dark green) such as spinach and broccoli, as well as algae, liver, milk and fish oils. Vitamin E, vitamin b1 and vitamin b12 are also among those vitamins for which Western populations may be at risk of deficiency.

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