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  • What's inside Centrum?

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  • Looking for more out of your multivitamin?

    The 'essential nutrients' our bodies need are mostly sourced from food. A complete balance of vitamins and minerals are essential for our bodies to be well nourished and function at optimal levels, so it’s important to get the right nutritional balance for your healthy body. This is where Centrum can help - complete from A - Zinc.

    What are vitamins?

    Vitamins are compounds required by the body in small amounts for normal growth and metabolism. They are found in various foods and assist with various biochemical reactions within the body as well as maintaining general health and well-being.

    Where do they come from?

    With the exception of vitamin D and K, which are produced within the body, all vitamins must be supplied through a balanced diet in order to supply our body with the various vitamins that are required for normal healthy functioning. Vitamin D is produced in the skin during exposure to sunlight and vitamin K is produced in the intestines.

    How do they work?

    Each vitamin has a different set of functions within the body and is classified as either fat-soluble or water-soluble. Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in different places within the body (A, D, K and E) and are used and broken down as the body requires. In contrast, water soluble vitamins cannot be stored within the body for very long and therefore must be supplied to the body through diet regularly.

    Vitamins Present in Centrum

    The Centrum range contains a combination of water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins that the body requires daily to maintain health and unlock energy. At levels close to the Recommended Dietary intake (RDI), Centrum is ideal for filling nutritional gaps that may be in your diet. Please click below for further information on each individual vitamin found in Centrum.

    What are minerals?

    Minerals are essential nutrients that are found in varying quantities in all tissues and fluids within the body. They are also major constituents of bones, teeth, blood and nerves and can be found in various foods.

    What do they do?

    Minerals are required for:

    • Maintaining strong bones
    • Normal production of blood
    • Maintaining water balance in cells for the proper functioning of mental and physical processes

    Mineral Classification

    Minerals can be classified as macro minerals or essential trace elements. Macro minerals are present in relatively high amounts within the body whilst trace elements are present and required in small amounts. Both types of minerals are essential for proper body functioning.

    • All Minerals
    • Essential Trace
    • Macro

    What are antioxidants?

    Antioxidants play an important role in supporting immunity and maintaining overall health and well-being by attacking "free radicals" within the body. "Free radicals" are by-products of normal chemical reactions in the body that cause damage to cells.

    Why are they important?

    Although your body has natural antioxidant mechanisms that protect you from most cell damage there are many environmental factors, like cigarette smoke, exhaust fumes, radiation, excessive sunlight and certain drugs that can increase free radicals. Busy lifestyles, stress and illness can also increase the number of free radicals that are produced by your body, which is why it is important to make sure you have enough antioxidants to help protect your body.

    Where are they found?

    The major vitamins that function as antioxidants are Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Vitamin A. The Centrum Advance formulas and the Centrum for Women & Men products, also contain Lutein and Lycopene which are key antioxidants that help support healthy eyes and heart. The trace element selenium also has antioxidant properties. These nutrients all play a major role in combating free radical production.

    Choosing the Right Supplement

    The purpose of a multivitamin and mineral supplement is just that - to supplement the diet, not replace it.

    With today's busy lifestyle, it's often difficult to ensure that you are getting all the fresh food you need for a healthy diet. The best advice is to eat a balanced diet, however many factors may impact on our diet and our nutrient levels. Some of these include lifestyle, eating patterns and even the way we store and prepare food.

    If you can't achieve an adequate vitamin and mineral intake with your diet alone, a vitamin and mineral supplement is recommended.

    What to look for in a multivitamin?

    With so many multivitamin and mineral supplements available it is often difficult to choose the one that is best suited to your needs.

    A good multivitamin and mineral supplement should have the right balance and range of essential vitamins and minerals to help promote health and general well-being.

    It will also have levels close to the recommended daily dose of vitamins and minerals that are not readily available in the western diet and, at the same time, should not contain an over supply of nutrients that are overly abundant in the western diet. It also should not have an over supply of fat-soluble vitamins and minerals in order to avoid the risk of toxicity.

    The Centrum formulas are specially formulated with balanced levels of vitamins and minerals that closely represent the RDI of nutrients.

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    Now you can easily get information about a specific nutrient, plus find the Centrum products that contain it. To get started select your nutrient from the drop-down box below.

    Lutein
    Function
    • Helps support healthy eyes
    • Helps maintain healthy vision
    Dietary Sources
    Spinach, brussel sprouts, broccoli, kale
    Benefits
    Lycopene
    Function
    • Helps maintain a healthy heart
    Dietary Sources
    Red foods such as tomatoes and tomato products, apricots, pink grapefruit, watermelon and guava.
    Benefits
    Betacarotene
    Function
    • Antioxidant to support immunity and help fight free radical damage
    • Healthy Skin
    • Converted to Vitamin A in the body
    Dietary Sources
    Yellow and orange fruit and vegetables and dark green leafy vegetables such as carrots, spinach, broccoli and apricots.
    Benefits
    Calcium
    Function
    • Helps builds and maintain healthy bones
    • Supports normal muscle tone and contraction
    • Helps support normal blood clotting
    • Support for healthy nerve function
    Dietary Sources
    Dairy products, salmon, green vegetables, nuts, legumes.
    Benefits
    Magnesium
    Function
    • Support for normal bone strength
    • Muscle support and comfort
    • Helps support normal smooth muscle and hormonal action
    Dietary Sources
    Nuts, legumes, grains, green leafy vegetables, soybeans, wholegrain.
    Benefits
    Potassium
    Function
    • Essential element for the support of electrical activity of the heart, muscles and nervous system
    Dietary Sources
    Fresh fruit & vegetables, wholegrain, meat.
    Benefits
    Chromium
    Function
    • Supports normal carbohydrate, lipid and protein metabolism
    • Assists in normal glucose metabolism
    Dietary Sources
    Processed meat, wholegrain, brewers yeast, liver, cheddar cheese.
    Benefits
    Copper
    Function
    • Supports healthy skeletal development and repair
    • Helps maintain healthy nervous system and bones
    Dietary Sources
    Oysters, kidney, dried legumes, liver, nuts and seeds.
    Benefits
    Iodine
    Function
    • Required for the support of normal thyroid function
    Dietary Sources
    Seafood, table salt
    Benefits
    Manganese
    Function
    • Supports healthy skeletal development and repair
    • Catalyst for metabolic reactions
    Dietary Sources
    Wholegrain, leafy green vegetables, tea.
    Benefits
    Selenium
    Function
    • Antioxidant
    • Helps support immunity
    • Helps fight free radical damage
    Dietary Sources
    Seafood, meat, poultry, brazil nuts, grains.
    Benefits
    Zinc
    Function
    • Supports the body in healing, growth and repair
    • Important mineral to support healthy skin
    • Essential for the metabolism of Vitamin A
    Dietary Sources
    Meat, nuts, oysters, ginger, egg yolk, potatoes, garlic, liver.
    Benefits
    Iron
    Function
    • Component of haemoglobin which transports oxygen in the blood
    Dietary Sources
    Meat, egg yolk, legumes, cocoa, shellfish, fortified cereal.
    Benefits
    Vitamin A
    Function
    • Supports eye health
    • Support for normal growth
    Dietary Sources
    Liver, fish, egg yolk, milk, butter, cheese.
    Benefits
    Vitamin B1
    Function
    • Supports normal metabolism of carbohydrates
    • Helps with energy production from food
    Dietary Sources
    Brazil nuts, brewers yeast, whole grain breads/cereals, meat, legumes, brown rice.
    Benefits
    Vitamin B2
    Function
    • Supports normal metabolism of protein, fat and carbohydrates
    • Helps with energy production from food
    Dietary Sources
    Cereal, meat, eggs, leafy green vegetables, liver, milk products.
    Benefits
    Vitamin B5
    Function
    • Supports metabolism of carbohydrates, fat and protein
    • Helps support the body to repair cells and tissues
    Dietary Sources
    Yeast, liver, eggs, milk, wholegrain cereals, meat, legumes.
    Benefits
    Vitamin B6
    Function
    • Supports normal metabolism of carbohydrates, fat and protein
    • Supports the natural repair of cells and tissues
    • Supports the synthesis of vital compounds
    • Supports a healthy heart.
    Dietary Sources
    Chicken, liver, ham, nuts, fish, wholegrain cereals, bread, corn, bananas, avocados.
    Benefits
    Vitamin B12
    Function
    • Supports normal formation of healthy red blood cells, a healthy nervous system and various proteins
    Dietary Sources
    Liver and other organ meats, meat, seafood, eggs, dairy.
    Benefits
    Vitamin C
    Function
    • Antioxidant to support immunity and help fight free radical damage
    • Supports normal collagen production (found in skin and bones)
    • Support for healthy teeth and gums
    • Aids absorption of iron
    Dietary Sources
    Citrus fruits, black currants, strawberries, green vegetables, potatoes, cauliflower.
    Benefits
    Nicotinamide
    Function
    • Supports normal metabolism of carbohydrates, fat and protein
    • Essential for normal growth
    Dietary Sources
    Yeast, liver, fish, nuts, whole grains, legumes, lean meat.
    Benefits
    Vitamin H
    Function
    • Supports normal carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism
    • Energy production
    Dietary Sources
    Meat, liver, dairy, yeast, wholegrain cereals, egg yolk, soybeans and nuts.
    Benefits
    Folate
    Function
    • Vital for function of a healthy central nervous system
    • Helps maintain normal blood
    • Essential for supporting the healthy formation of red blood cells, enzymes
    • Supports protein metabolism
    Dietary Sources
    Liver, kidneys, green vegetables, eggs, wholegrain cereals, yeast, orange juice.
    Benefits
    Vitamin D3
    Function
    • Supports calcium and phosphate absorption in the small intestine
    • Helps maintain normal levels of calcium and phosphate in the blood
    Dietary Sources
    Sunlight, fatty fish, cod-liver oil, eggs, milk and butter.
    Benefits
    Vitamin E
    Function
    • Antioxidant
    • Helps support immunity
    • Helps fight free radical damage
    Dietary Sources
    Vegetable oils, wheat germ, nuts, seeds, soya, wholegrains, leafy green vegetables, fortified margarines.
    Benefits
    Vitamin K1
    Function
    • Maintenance of normal blood coagulation
    Dietary Sources
    Turnips, green tea, liver, green leafy vegetables, soybeans, liver, wholegrain cereals and potatoes.
    Benefits
  • Good Nutrition

    Why is good nutrition so important?

    There are various substances found in foods that are essential for maintaining good health. These substances are called nutrients and can be divided into five groups:

    • Proteins
    • Carbohydrates
    • Fats
    • Vitamins
    • Minerals

    Quality of the food we eat

    The amount of nutrients that we can get from food to help our general health depends on many factors including the quality of the food we eat, the amount of food we eat, how well we absorb food and our individual differences. The way we store & prepare food can also have an impact on the nutrients we get from food.

    Our nutritional needs are so different

    We all need different amounts of vitamins and minerals at different times in our life. Individuals vary in the nutrients they need for a number of reasons. Gender, age, level of physical activity and illness can all play a role. For example, children need nutrients for rapid growth. The elderly require a greater amount of some nutrients because their ability to absorb nutrients decreases or certain medications may interfere with their uptake.

    Different lifestyles can also play a role in the nutrients that our body requires. People with a low appetite or on low calorie diets or with allergies can have nutritional deficiencies, as their food choice may be limited.