Your body needs vitamins and minerals for good health. Bodies are strong, but they are sensitive to many different outside factors. Your immune system weakens during the changing of the seasons. If you travel a lot, your body is exposed to many local viruses. Even if the local people do not catch it, your body is not used to these viruses and you can catch a lot of extra sicknesses. You need to keep your body healthy for your busy life. You have a career, you have a family, you have a life, and you need to be able to enjoy these things with a robust, healthy body.
Why Women Need Multivitamins
There are some vitamins that both women and men should take for a healthier immune system and general health, but some of these should be taken in different proportions and some vitamins and minerals have different qualities that are important specifically for women. Our premium women's multivitamin has 110 different ingredients that keep your body functioning well when taken daily. These promote positive health and prevent conditions that statistically affect women more than men.
Vitamin B12 is a super vitamin for cell production. It helps your body make red blood cells and strengthens neurons in the cells of your brain. Doctors recommend pregnant women to take a Vitamin B12 supplement for the development of their unborn babies. A deficiency could end up in a low birth weight. If you are vegetarian, you should know that most natural Vitamin B12 sources come from animal products, so you should take this supplement to ensure your body gets it.
Vitamin D works with calcium to promote healthy bone structure and prevent osteoporosis. Postmenopausal women are especially prone to osteoporosis, so Vitamin D is a must if you fit that category. Vitamin D is a warrior for your immune system, fighting off unwanted and unknown germs that your body is exposed to. Women who work in an office during daylight hours should especially take extra Vitamin D since they are not exposed to the sunlight, the strongest source of the vitamin, as often as they should. Women who have had any weight loss surgery or are obese should take Vitamin D supplements since studies have shown that obesity may increase the risk of Vitamin D deficiency. The Vitamin D deficiency accompanies a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and hyperextension.
Calcium is another promoter of bone health, which also fights against osteoporosis. When you begin to take calcium at a young age, you fortify your bones to protect them against breaking often. You also strengthen your bone structure for old age, so that when you begin to feel the effects of age, they will be prolonged and much more manageable when you begin aging. If your body does not get enough calcium on its own, your body will begin taking it from your bones, making them weaker. So, a calcium supplement is crucial to your health. Calcium also strengthens your hair and nails, fortifying hair follicles and keratin in the nails. Adult women should take 1,000 milligrams of calcium every day.
Iron builds healthy blood cells that carry oxygen through your body. Women especially need extra iron during menstrual periods, since you experience significant loss of it during your period. This is why you may find that you crave red meat during their period because red meat is a significant source of iron. Pregnant women should also take extra iron since they need to supply enough blood to their developing babies.
A lack of iron has serious consequences for your body. It will eventually cause iron-deficiency anemia. This condition happens when your blood lacks adequate healthy blood cells. When you suffer from iron-deficiency anemia, you feel severe fatigue and weakness. This happens when your blood cells are not able to transport oxygen throughout the body properly. Essentially, your blood is “out of breath,” and people who experience the condition severely are prone to fainting and seizures, cold hands and feet, or a poor appetite, among others.
16 Herbs and Superfoods That Your Body Needs
Our multivitamin includes a healthy dose of those four essential women’s vitamins. But you have so many more options and so many more needs for a healthy body and lifestyle. The world is your oyster for herbs and superfoods that fill your body with nutrients and vitamins that promote excellent physical and mental health. But how to decide which ones to take? We have done extensive research and have included 16 of the best herbs and superfoods that your body needs every day:
- Dong Quai
- American Ginseng
- Chinese Ginseng
- Grape Seed
- Uva Oral
- Juniper Berries
- Shave Grass
- Corn Silk
- Bucha Leaves
- Cubeb Berries
- Cranberry Powder
- Watermelon Seed Powder
- Pau D’Arco
Alfalfa originally came from south and central Asia and has a long history of medicinal herb use. It falls into the category of both herbs and legumes. Fun fact: It used to be used as feed for horses and livestock because of its high nutrient value. It is high in Vitamin K, which the body needs to synthesize proteins that bind calcium to your bones and muscle tissue. Without Vitamin K, this blood clotting, calcium-binding would be prevented and uncontrolled bleeding would occur. Research is being done because it is believed that alfalfa can lower cholesterol.
Vitamin K is mainly found in plants like alfalfa because it is directly involved with photosynthesis. Since animals eat alfalfa and other leafy sources, most meat is a source of dietary Vitamin K.
2. Dong Quai
Dong Quai originated in China, Korea, and Japan. It has been called the “Empress of Herbs.” It is a root that is used in teas in supplements to treat many health problems incurred by women. It can be used for absent periods, painful cramps, menopausal symptoms, and infertility.
This herb is such a help for periods and menopause because of its ability to regulate estrogen levels. It strengthens the uterus and improves the uterine tone to regulate the menstrual cycle. Dong Quai can improve red blood cell counts and replenish your body rapidly after losing great amounts of blood. It increases blood flow to the reproductive system. It can help with symptoms caused by Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, and ovarian cysts.
3. American Ginseng
American Ginseng is a wild herb that is in such high demand it has been declared an endangered species in some states in the U.S. As an immune booster, it fights infections like flues and colds. It is also used to treat symptoms of HIV/AIDS and cystic fibrosis. It can improve mental performance and works as an anti-aging aid. Many women have claimed that it helps lessen menopausal symptoms as well. It contains chemicals called ginsenosides that affect insulin and blood sugar levels. This regulates the immune system by preventing or contributing to the healing of infections caused by blood disorders.
4. Chinese Ginseng
American Ginseng originated from Chinese Ginseng, but as a result of travel and migration developed into something similar but with separate qualities. For example, American Ginseng is known to help with relaxation, while Chinese Ginseng is used to increase alertness. use of Chinese Ginseng has an invigorating effect.
Chinese Ginseng, also called Panax Ginseng, is a powerful antioxidant that prevents inflammation in the body. It has excellent properties on your skin. It has been known to help with skin conditions like eczema because the antioxidant repairs your skin cells and works to heal blemishes and rashes on the skin.
Panax Ginseng is also known to improve mental health. People who have taken consistent doses of the herb have reported improvements in their mood and social functioning skills.
5. Grape Seed
Grape Seed has topical healing qualities for the skin. Tests have been done showing that applying Grape Seed to wounds has helped them heal faster. Because of this, experts believe that grape seed can prevent skin cancer, by slowing the formation of skin tumor growth. Grape Seed Extract improves bone strength. It helps calcium build bone structure.
Grape Seed contains flavin-3-ols, which is a substance that helps prevent candida or yeast infections. Yeast infections are caused by a mucosal infection, and Grape Seed oil can fight this parasitic fungus.
6. Uva Ural
Also known as Uva Ursi, Uva Ural is a plant whose leaves are used medicinally. The plant has properties that are used for treating urinary tract disorders. These affect your kidneys, bladder, urethra, and urinary tract. It reduces bacteria in the urine and lowers swelling on your body’s tissues. Since women are prone to Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), Uva Ural is included in our women’s multivitamin to fight against it.
7. Juniper Berries
Juniper berries are often used as a flavoring for drinks and cooking, and we use them to provide great taste to our multivitamins. They are not just for decoration and taste, however. They also have numerous health benefits. One of those benefits is gastrointestinal. It helps reduce irritation in the stomach and intestines and can help the digestive tract move more smoothly. Juniper berries also have neuroprotective properties. They protect your brain and nervous system. Conditions treated by juniper berries include bronchitis, bladder infections, cholesterol, diabetes, and arthritis.
8. Shave Grass
Shave grass, also known as Horsetail, is used medicinally to treat many ailments and to support natural health. It has been used for centuries, dating all the way back to Roman and Greek times. It is a medical plant that generally grows to be about 4 feet tall. It is used to improve health for your hair, skin, nails, and bones. It can prevent viral infections, bladder problems, bleeding issues, and improve digestion, all of which increase immune system support.
Are you wondering how it can have so many varied health effects on your body? It’s because it is dense with nutrients and vitamins. Here are some of the vitamins it contains:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
- Iron Zinc
You can even use shave grass externally for your hair and skin!
9. Corn Silk
Corn Silk is used as a diuretic with anti-inflammatory properties. It actually makes you urinate more, which prevents a build-up of bacteria in the urethra. It strengthens the whole system because it largely works in the kidneys. The anti-inflammatory properties prevent kidney stones by contracting smooth muscles and speeding the passage of urinary stones through the urinary tract. Corn Silk also works for your metabolism by speeding it up, which can promote weight loss, prevent diabetes, and lower your blood pressure.
You may be surprised to see parsley on the list since it is generally used as a garnish for dishes and has very little taste. In fact, parsley has much more valuable uses than a mere garnish on a plate and is used medicinally for may purposes. Some of these treatments include UTIs, kidney stones, GI disorders, and constipation.
Some women eat parsley to induce their menstrual flow. It works by softening the cervix and leveling hormonal imbalances that could be delaying your period. Scientific data has not yet backed up this theory, but many women claim it to have the desired effect.
11. Bucha Leaves
Bucha leaves come from South Africa and are used for bladder health, kidney health, water retention, digestive health, and blood circulation. They are rich in a bioflavonoid called rutin, which strengthens and increases flexibility in your arteries and capillaries. If you are prone to or have large amounts of varicose veins, spider veins, or bruise easily, you need to strengthen your arteries and capillaries.
Goldenrod is a Native American remedy for diuretic purposes. Intake can flush out excess water from your system. It is an astringent herb, which means a “drying” herb. When you have a cold, Goldenrod can dry up congestion in the sinuses and lungs. If you suffer from allergies, Goldenrod can help with your symptoms by acting as an antihistamine. Ingestion releases heat through the skin, which relieves itchiness and fevers. Many people don’t know this, but Goldenrod has extremely high antioxidant levels, matching even those of green tea.
13. Cubeb Berries
Cubeb berries are used as a relief for pain or soreness. They can be crushed and sipped through a tea or inhaled through your nostrils. They are used for bacterial infections, to increase your milk supply when breastfeeding, and can reduce cramps and even blood flow during your period. Some women claim that it can help with postpartum depression as well.
14. Cranberry Powder
Cranberry powder is most famous for treating UTIs or yeast infections. It works as a probiotic, which is what your body needs when dealing with these conditions. Cranberries have proanthocyanidins and D-Mannose, which are fibers that assist in maintaining viability and growth of necessary probiotics. However, cranberry powder alone is not an effective treatment for this problem, so that is why we combine it with other beneficial ingredients that help to activate the probiotic but also do not let it get out of hand.
15. Watermelon Seed Powder
Watermelon seeds are enriched with vitamins and essential minerals. Maybe you spit them out when you eat watermelon, but they have more value than just getting in the way of enjoying your summer fruit, which is why we add them to our women’s multivitamin.
They are good for your heart and immunity because of the large supply of magnesium they contribute. Magnesium can prevent hyperextension, which is directly related to the functioning of your heart. Copper, magnesium, and potassium are micronutrients which all help strengthen your bones.
Watermelon seeds boost your metabolism with folate, zinc, and copper. They are full of amino acids and proteins, which are healthy fats, necessary for a properly functioning body.
16. Pau D’Arco
Pau D’Arco comes from South America and is used for treating arthritis, muscle and joint paint, fevers, and even boils and ulcers. Pau D’Arco is a broadleaf evergreen and the medicinal qualities are in the wood of the tree, not the leaves. The qualities that help treat the before mentioned issues are chemical compounds with antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a strong substance and should only be taken with expert caution. That is why we have included a proper dose in our multivitamin so that you do not have to worry about side effects or wrong dosages.
Tropical Oasis' Women's Premium Liquid Multivitamin for the Win
Many women bypass or overlook the daily multivitamin. With the busyness of daily life, it can be easy to forget about preventative healthcare. However, if this is not a priority in your life, you need to rethink your health strategy because you have endless opportunities to take advantage of the earth’s natural healing properties. By taking a daily multivitamin, you allow yourself the chance to prevent diseases and health problems in the future, which will absolutely end up costing you more time and effort to fight those conditions. So why not start proactively guarding against them now? You will love the results these vitamins have on your body.