Health Food Store Victoria

Supplements

FUEL is a natural health food store packed with supplements. When you’re trying to sculpt your body, or perform at a high level in your sport, sports nutrition supplements can help you...

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vitamins and minerals

Vitamins

Multivitamins and minerals are a valuable tool in helping to prevent dietary imbalances, and ensure adequate intake of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

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Nutrition

At Fuel SVN Victoria, we’re not just about sports supplements. We also carry healthy whole foods such as grass fed Bison, coconut oil, kale chips & savi seeds.

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VITAMINS


Mul­ti­Vi­t­a­mins

Just as with pro­tein sup­ple­ments, the major­ity of your vit­a­mins & min­er­als should also come from whole food sources. How­ever, With the hus­tle and bus­tle of daily life, it isn’t always easy to take in enough whole healthy foods each and every day. Multivitamins/ min­er­als can be a valu­able tool in help­ing to pre­vent dietary imbal­ances, and ensure ade­quate intake of vit­a­mins, min­er­als and antioxidants.

Vit­a­mins

Mul­ti­vi­t­a­mins are a com­bi­na­tion of min­er­als and vit­a­mins that are essen­tial for opti­mal func­tion­ing of the human body. Var­i­ous chem­i­cal reac­tions hap­pen within each of us, every day that require a com­bi­na­tion of vit­a­mins and min­er­als for our bod­ies to func­tion prop­erly. By mak­ing sure that all essen­tial nutri­ents are present, our bod­ies can func­tion well and in a man­ner that pro­motes vital­ity, energy and good health. Though mul­ti­vi­t­a­mins can­not sub­sti­tute a healthy diet i.e. real food, a good whole food mul­ti­vi­t­a­min acts like an insur­ance pol­icy by pro­vid­ing some of the nutri­ents essen­tial for good health.

Why do we need a multivitamin?

Most of us in North Amer­ica are eat­ing plant foods grown in inten­sively farmed, min­eral defi­cient soil, that has been sprayed with her­bi­cides and pes­ti­cides (part of the rea­son cleans­ing is a good idea), and/ or ani­mals fed feed, that has been grown in inten­sively farmed, min­eral defi­cient soil, that has been sprayed with her­bi­cides and pes­ti­cides. Even organ­i­cally grown foods are only as good as the soil they’ve been grown in.

Why not just any multivitamin?

Most mul­ti­vi­t­a­mins on the mar­ket are made from iso­lated ingre­di­ents (i.e. ascor­bic acid pow­der for Vit­a­min C), mixed up in a lab and pressed into the tablet that you ulti­mately con­sume. Another option is a whole food mul­ti­vi­t­a­min. Whole food mul­ti­vi­t­a­mins are processed from, as you guessed it, whole foods. To use the Vit­a­min C exam­ple again, a whole orange (skin and all) will be processed in such a man­ner as to min­i­mize the dam­age to the nutri­ents found within that orange, and con­tains all the nutri­ents that were present in the whole orange, many of which help with the absorp­tion and assim­i­la­tion of the nutri­ents within that orange. In a nut­shell, your body absorbs more nutri­ents from a whole food mul­ti­vi­t­a­min, than a syn­thetic one made in a lab from iso­lated ingredients.

When choos­ing a high qual­ity whole food mul­ti­vi­t­a­min, look for a com­pany that has part­ners (farm­ers) that spe­cial­ize in sus­tain­able, organic agri­cul­ture prac­tices. One such com­pany is Megafood. You can learn more about the com­pany and their prod­ucts here.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 & Omega 6 are two fatty acids, essen­tial to human life. Our bod­ies can­not man­u­fac­ture these fatty acids, so they must be con­sumed, and in a spe­cific ratio to one another. EPA (eicos­apen­taenoic acid) & DHA (docosa­hexaenoic acid) are two Omega 3 fatty acids that have been gar­ner­ing a lot of atten­tion lately. Both of these omegas are found in fish and krill oils. Flax oil con­tains ALA (alphali­nolenic acid), which the body must con­vert to EPA & DHA.

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Fish Oil

Fish oils con­tain the omega-3 fatty acids eicos­apen­taenoic acid (EPA), and docosa­hexaenoic acid (DHA), pre­cur­sors of mol­e­cules known to reduce inflam­ma­tion in the body. Fish oils have also been used in the treat­ment of dia­betes, asthma, devel­op­men­tal coor­di­na­tion dis­or­ders, obe­sity, kid­ney dis­ease, osteo­poro­sis, cer­tain dis­eases related to pain and swelling such as pso­ri­a­sis, ADD & ADHD and pre­vent­ing weight loss from mus­cle wast­ing, caused by some cancerdrugs.

Flax Oil

Pressed from flax seed, con­tain­ing pri­mar­ily ALA (alpha-linolenic acid ) which must be con­verted by the body to EPA & DHA. It is thought that that con­ver­sion is inef­fi­cient, with men being able to con­vert more ALA to EPA & DHA, than women.