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5 Reasons Essential is "Essential"

Posted September 15, 2021

It would be ideal if we all ate a well-balanced diet that feeds our bodies the perfect array of essential vitamins and minerals. But in reality, life isn't perfect, and very likely, neither is our meal planning. That's where multivitamins come in - to help fill in those nutritional gaps.

 According to the National Institutes of Health, more than one-third of Americans take multivitamin supplements. But finding the right one for your specific needs can be challenging. There are specific vitamins and nutrients that doctors always tell us we need more of. A recent study shows that 42% of Americans are Vitamin D deficient. A medical paper published by Nutritional Strategies Inc. stated that American adults are not meeting recommended levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Vitamin B12 deficiency has hit 40% of our population, which is reason for concern. Many of us spend long hours working in an office and spending time with our families, so it can be difficult to make sure we hit our vitamin and nutrient levels throughout the day.

 Those on vegan or vegetarian diets are also more likely to consider the content of dietary supplements, but regardless of which diet we follow, Essential from Vedge gives us our top 3 essentials in just one capsule a day. Here are 5 reasons why it’s “Essential”:


Omega-3 fats perform a number of jobs, especially building cell membranes throughout the body and the brain. There's evidence they can have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects as well, which means they might promote healthier brain cells and less deterioration of the brain. Additionally, healthy B12 levels are needed for maintaining the health of vital nerve cells in the body, including those needed for neurotransmitter signaling. It also helps to form the protective covering of nerves called the “myelin sheath”. When B12 levels drop, so too does our cognitive function.


Essential plays a pivotal hormonal role in cardiovascular health. All ingredients support healthy blood vessels, but the omega-3 fatty acids may help the most. They may lower our triglycerides, reduce risk of arrhythmia, slow the rate of plaque buildup, and slightly lower blood pressure. Most people know that fish are a rich source of DHA & EPA, but fish get DHA & EPA from the algae they eat along the food chain. Using DHA & EPA from the same microalgae that fish get it from - but in a controlled and safe environment free from contaminants and other pesticides - is a benefit for all.


We need B12 to make red blood cells, which carry oxygen through our bodies. Not having enough B12 can lead to anemia, but thankfully, Essential gives us 1000 mcg per serving, or 16666% of your daily value. Research published by Mayo Clinic indicates that a number of individuals with B12 deficiency may encounter classic megaloblastic anemia, a blood disorder that occurs when bone marrow produces large, abnormal red blood cells or megaloblasts.


All four ingredients found in Essential have been shown to be very promising for supporting our immune systems, but Vitamin D may be the most beneficial. Not only does it play vital roles in improving bone health and calcium absorption, but it also undoubtedly strengthens our immune system. One of the main functions of vitamin D is to help activate T cells, also known as the "killer cells" in the body. Furthermore, vitamin D deficiencies are shown to increase our susceptibility to infection, and are even associated with a greater risk of self-reported upper respiratory tract infections.


Vitamin B12 benefits our metabolism because it’s needed to convert carbohydrates into usable glucose in the body. Glucose from carbohydrate foods is used as a form of energy, which is why people with deficiencies often experience fatigue. Research shows that B12 is also needed for neurotransmitter signaling to help our muscles contract and give us energy to go about our days without feeling tired and run down.

With the plethora of multivitamins available on the market today, it’s also comforting to know Essential is made with non-GMO ingredients with no synthetic colors, artificial flavors or sweeteners. It’s free of gelatin, sugar, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat, peanuts and tree nuts. Additionally, it’s manufactured in the USA with premium domestic and imported ingredients, and is third party lab tested to meet strict purity and potency standards. All the more reason to make this supplement an essential part of any daily routine.


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