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  • Daily Vitamins

    Daily vitamin supply

    24.99 €

    • Real vegetables like broccoli, carrots and spinach
    • Fruit selection with apple and orange
    • Vegan capsules made of plant-based cellulose fibres
  • Organic goji berries

    The daily nutrient kick

    12.99 €

    • Premium goji berries from the Ningxia Highlands
    • Pesticide-free
    • Naturally sun-dried
  • Superfood Greens

    The natural detox powder

    19.99 €

    • 6 exquisite superfoods
    • Made in Germany
    • Essential minerals & vitamins
  • Superfood Berries

    The natural antioxidant powder

    19.99 €

    • 6 exquisite superfoods
    • Essential minerals & amino acids
    • Made in Germany
  • Omega-3 capsules

    Vegan power for the cardiovascular system

    34.99 €

    • Pure Omega-3 fatty acids
    • Sustainable, premium algae oil
    • 100% vegan, without additives
  • Zn:Mg

    Zinc and magnesium for improved performance

    19.99 €

    • Premium zinc and magnesium with malic acid
    • Made in Germany
    • Vegan capsule shells - no animal gelatine

1. This is how vitamins & minerals work

Vitamins are essential for the body. Their main function is to keep the body at an optimal functional level. They are needed for the body to be able to use nutrients and also participate in forming and converting amino acids. They are also important for the formation of blood cells and hormones as well as the development of cells, bones and teeth.

Apart from vitamins, minerals are also important for the functioning of our body. Minerals such as magnesium, sodium, calcium and potassium are very important for muscle and nerve function. Calcium is needed for healthy teeth and bones. A Magnesium and Zinc compound is a favourite among endurance athletes. These minerals support muscle function and play a part in more than 200 enzymatic processes in our body. Trace elements such as iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, copper as well as fluorine, phosphorus and selenium are also classified as minerals. Because of the importance of micronutrients for our body, it is important to understand how a medium or long term nutrient deficiency affects physical and mental capabilities.

Common signs of a nutrient deficiency are loss of appetite, muscle cramps, headaches, difficulty concentrating and sleep disorders. The body is a vulnerable and complex interaction of many elements which is put at long-term risk by a deficiency in essential micronutrients. The most common deficiencies include folic acid, iodine, calcium, iron and vitamin D. A deficiency of any of these substances can have a long-term negative impact on health. Do you suffer from any of the symptoms we have described? Let our nutrition coaches analyse your diet using a nutrition log. We will show you how you can offset your deficiency through your diet in the long term and how you can actively prevent a deficiency using supplements.

2. The different types of vitamins and minerals

There are a large number of different vitamins, minerals and trace elements. They are found in foods of both animal and plant origin. We make a distinction between fat-soluble and water-soluble substances. A Balanced supply of all required vitamins and minerals is essential for your health. Using the table below, we will give you an overview of the most important micronutrients. The desired daily requirement as well as important natural sources to obtain them and the special roles of individual micronutrients in our body are shown.

Table 1: Overview of daily requirements and functions of vitamins

Vitamin Daily requirement for men and women Important food sources Role in the body
A 0.8 - 1.1 mg Tuna, herring, egg yolk Vision, affects immune system
Provitamin A 2 - 4 mg Vegetables, fruit Protection against oxidation
D 5 - 10 mcg Mushrooms, eggs, fatty sea fish Calcium and phosphate metabolism,
Skin & immune system
E 12 - 15 mg Plant sprouts, oils Protection against oxidation, influences neurotransmitters/messengers
K 60 - 70 mcg Green vegetables, liver Blood clotting, bone metabolism
B1 33 mcg per 1,000 Kcal /
1 - 1.3 mg per day
Whole grains,
Yeast products, meat
Energy and carbohydrate metabolism
B2 1.2 - 1.5 mg Milk products, liver, eggs Energy, purine and brain metabolism
Folic acid 400 mcg Green vegetables, cereal germ Metabolism of genetic material, amino acids etc.
Niacin 13 - 17 mg Meat, fish, whole grain products Formation and burning of fatty acids
Pantothenic acid 6 mg Avocado, broccoli, potatoes Central function in energy metabolism
B6 0.2 mcg per g of protein
(1.2 - 1.6 mg / day)
Meat, liver, fish, whole grain products Protein and glycogen metabolism,
Effect of steroid hormones
B12 3 mcg Foods of animal origin Blood formation, protein and brain metabolism
C 100 mg Fruits, potatoes, vegetables Building connective tissue, brain and
stress hormone metabolism among others, iron reabsorption
H 30-60 mcg Milk products, egg yolk, liver Cholesterol and fat metabolism functions

Table 2: Overview of daily requirements and functions of minerals

Name Daily requirements
Adolescents and adults
Natural occurrence Role in the body
Calcium 1,000 - 1,200 mg Dairy products Bone formation, cell metabolism
Phosphorus 700 - 1,250 mg High-protein foods Bone formation, energy metabolism
Magnesium 300 - 400 mg Whole grain products Bone formation,
involved in 300 enzymes
Sodium 550 mg Processed food Water balance, transmission of stimuli
Potassium 2,000 mg Vegetables, fruit Water balance, transmission of stimuli
Iron 10 - 15 mg Meat, fish Oxygen transportation, energy metabolism
Chloride 830 mg Processed food Water balance
Zinc 7 - 10 mg Oysters, liver, meat Involved in over 50 enzymatic processes
Iodine 180 - 200 mcg Sea fish Thyroid hormone metabolism
Selenium 30 - 70 mcg Eggs Thyroid hormone metabolism,
Protection against oxidation
Copper 1 - 1.5 mg Grains, fruits, vegetables Energy metabolism
Manganese 2 - 5 mg Grain products Energy and urea metabolism
Chromium 30 - 100 mcg Liver, grains, meat Sugar metabolism
Molybdenum 50 - 100 mcg Sprouts, legumes Amino acid and stress hormone metabolism
Fluoride 2.9 - 3.8 mg Table salt, black tea Builds bones and teeth

3. Taking vitamins & minerals correctly

There are some things to keep in mind while taking vitamins. It is important to be aware that there should be no oversupply or undersupply of vitamins and minerals. We have already explained the important roles and functions of micronutrients in our body in detail. Important: An oversupply can lead to serious health problems. There are examples that are stored long term in the body and not used everyday in metabolic processes. Particularly vitamins A, E, niacin and B6. Overdoses should be avoided and the recommendations from nutritional committees should be adhered to.  Vitamin C, on the other hand, can be ingested even up to 1000%i of the daily recommended value as it is permanently involved in metabolic processes in the body andnot stored.  Those taking additional drugs such as blood thinners or anti-depressants should always have a discussion with their doctor before taking vitamin and mineral products. This prevents the danger of drug interactions.

Basic rules for intake of vitamins and minerals

  • prevent large overdoses of vitamin A, E, niacin & B6
  • Always consume fat soluble vitamins with a small portion of dietary fat (e.g. almonds, nuts, avocado) for best possible availability
  • Don’t combine zinc and magnesium with calcium
  • Discuss parallel intake of other medication with the doctor

4. Please pay attention while buying vitamins and minerals online

What should you look out for when buying vitamins and minerals online? The preparation needs to have a balanced ratio of vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Only then are the products optimal for daily needs as well as demands from exercise. Several preparations on the market are made with completely synthetic processes in laboratories. Many of these artificial vitamins are only imitations of their natural counterparts and are badly absorbed by the body. foodspring focuses on vitamins and mineralsfrom real fruits and vegetables - we extract these for production. Sources such as apples, oranges, berries, broccoli, kale or spinach are primarily used here.

The quality of nutrients remains high through the extraction process and ensures optimal bio-availability for the body. We supplement the vitamin spectrum with high quality synthetic vitamins in order to ensure a complete micronutrient spectrum.   Mineral combinations such as zinc and magnesium are frequently produced as combination of active ingredients with carbonates or oxides. The carbonate compound is an inorganic compound. This means that it is for the most part destroyed by stomach acids and is poorly processed in the body. Zinc and magnesium preparations with compounds of glycine, chloride or gluconate offer significantly better bio-availability and can therefore be processed better by the bodyThe composition of preparations should not contain any additional ingredients such as colouring, sweeteners or fragrances. As capsule products are often offered, check for use of vegan capsule materials, preferably those made from plant cellulose fibres. Capsule casings from beef or pork gelatine are significantly cheaper for manufacturers.

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