What are Vitamin C, Vitamin D & Zinc – and Why Do you Need Them?

While completely different, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Zinc are very important for your overall health. Why might you ask? We are here to tell you!

Importance of Vitamin C

Vitamin C, while not the cure for the common cold, is one of the best nutrients to protect you against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, and so much more. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can strengthen your body’s defenses, boosting your immune system. It may even help manage high blood pressure and lower your risk of heart disease. Iron is an important nutrient in the body that is essential for making red blood cells and transporting oxygen throughout the body. Vitamin C supplements can help prevent iron deficiency.

Lastly, one of the main reasons people take Vitamin C is to boost their immune systems. Vitamin C helps to protect the body against infection and strengthen the skin’s defense system. A daily dose of 500 milligrams of Vitamin C is suggested for overall health. You can achieve this by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables or by taking a daily Vitamin C supplement.

Importance of Vitamin D

As nutrients go, Vitamin D is in a class all by itself. One of the most commonly recognized vitamins because of its direct relation to sunlight, Vitamin D is a hormone produced by the body in response to direct exposure to ultraviolet B rays. The Vitamin D that your body makes and consumes is stored in fat tissue for later use.

Without enough Vitamin D circulating in your body and bloodstream, it’s almost impossible for you to absorb all of the calcium your body needs. Vitamin D also helps with cell growth and immunity, keeping your nervous system working properly. You may remember the old Got Milk? advertisements that talked about how milk builds strong bones. Well, there’s a reason for that – and that reason is Vitamin D. Having the correct amount of Vitamin D in your body is important for a strong skeleton. With time, even slight deprivation of Vitamin D may impact the strength of your bones, as insufficient Vitamin D forces your body to withdraw calcium from your bones to maintain balance.

So, where can you get Vitamin D other than the sun and Low Fat 1% milk? Canned light tuna, fortified orange juice, and halibut are other options. If these aren’t foods you eat regularly and you don’t spend much time in the sun, that’s where our team at NextGenRx comes in. We offer Vitamin C/D plus Zinc capsules for adults and children. Each bottle contains 180 servings, and no prescription is needed. Each serving contains Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc Gluconate. Members even get a discount when they purchase!

Importance of Zinc

So, what is Zinc and what does it do? Zinc, a nutrient needed for you to stay healthy, is found in cells throughout the body and it helps the immune system fight off bacteria and viruses. Zinc is also needed to make proteins and DNA. During pregnancy, infancy, and childhood, Zinc is especially important as it is what helps your body grow and develop properly.

Zinc is found in a large variety of foods such as oysters, red meat, poultry, seafood, fortified breakfast cereals, beans, nuts, whole grains, and dairy products. It can also be found in almost all multivitamins and mineral dietary supplements.

Zinc Deficiencies

So, are you getting enough Zinc in your diet? Most people in the United States get enough Zinc in the foods they eat. However, certain people are more likely to have a Zinc deficiency than others.

  • Vegetarians – Due to not eating meat, vegetarians can be more likely to not get enough Zinc in their diet. The beans and grains typically eaten also have compounds that keep the Zinc from being fully absorbed in the body.
  • Older infants that are breastfed – Breastmilk doesn’t have enough Zinc for infants over 6 months old.
  • Alcoholics – Alcoholic beverages decrease the amount of Zinc the body absorbs and increases the amount of Zinc lost in the urine.
  • People who have had gastrointestinal surgery or have digestive disorders – These conditions can decrease the amount of Zinc the body absorbs regularly and increase the amount lost in the urine.
  • People with sickle cell disease – These people may need more Zinc in their regular diet than others.

Zinc deficiency is very rare in the United States. When it does happen, it can cause many serious issues like: slow growth in infants and children, delayed sexual development in adolescents, contribute to weight loss, hair loss, diarrhea, eye and skin sores, and loss of appetite and ability to taste food. If you have any of these symptoms, your doctor can help determine if you have a Zinc deficiency. If it is determined that you need extra supplements of Zinc, our Vitamin C/D plus Zinc capsules will be perfect for you!

Why NextGenRx Pharmacy?

From the beginning, NextGenRx has prided ourselves in building a pharmacy with quality, individualized medicine for an affordable cost. We did this through eliminating the middle man. Our goal is to provide you, the patient, with a positive experience without dealing with insurance companies. We have more than 30 years of experience in compounding, our staff works to solve patients’ health care problems through unique formulas not all pharmacies can offer. We aim to serve our patients with top-quality service, uncompromised quality, and affordable prices.

Contact us with all of your questions about Vitamin D and Zinc, and find out how we can help you by calling our team at 918-578-0031.