How to Strengthen Immunity? Which Vitamins Are Important?


“Vitamins, immunity, health.” These are words that normally flood the Internet during the Christmas season. This spring, however, they’re everywhere. And instead of eating chocolate eggs left over from Easter, many of us are popping multivitamins and immunity pills. But do we really need to be?

Vitamins are micronutrients essential for maintaining certain bodily functions, controlling metabolic processes, and overall healthy living. We’ve all heard a thousand times that we should get enough of them, but we don’t always hear about which ones we should get and why, as well as which ones to be careful with.

Before we go further, we should distinguish between fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins. Fat-soluble vitamins are vitamins that are stored in our fatty tissues and liver. For this reason, we do not need to eat them every day, and overconsumption can even lead to the buildup of toxic amounts in our bodies. Water-soluble vitamins, on the other hand, are not stored well in the body, and excesses are excreted through urine. They must therefore be consumed regularly and in more uniform amounts.

So, which vitamins are which? 

Fat-soluble vitamins include vitamins A, D, E, and K. It is important to know that these are not stored well in the body unless they are consumed together with fat. In other words, dietary supplements that contain them are almost useless unless accompanied by the right foods.

Mana is perfect for delivery of these vitamins to your body, as it contains all of them together with a healthy array of plant fats in balanced proportions (including omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids).

The water-soluble vitamins are vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12, and C. It is important to note that some of these, especially vitamin C, are lost when the foods containing them are heated (the longer the cooking, the more is lost). This is another major benefit of Mana. Not only do you not have to cook it to eat it, but thanks to our patented high-speed cold mixing technology, the vitamins contained in our raw materials are the vitamins contained in the end product.

Mana supplies all B-group vitamins, including vitamin B12, which vegans often lack. It also contains the recommended amount of vitamin C, which contributes among other things to normal collagen production and the proper functioning of blood vessels. However, we still feel obliged to point out that studies from China, Germany, and other countries show that high vitamin C intake can reduce the effects of COVID-19. This intake exceeds the amount of vitamin C in 5 servings of Mana, so we recommend taking additional vitamin C supplements while COVID-19 is still a threat (https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04264533).

And what about “vitamin F,” as it is sometimes called? This is not a real vitamin, but a term for two fats: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and linoleic acid (LA). Of course, Mana’s got them!

A Meal and Multivitamin in One

Let’s summarize. Mana contains all the vitamins you need, ranging from vitamin A, to B-complex vitamins, to vitamins C, D, E, K, and even “F,” in the proportions recommended by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), so as to maximize the benefits it brings to your body. Based on laboratory analyses from the EFSA and the WHO, as well as our own lab analyses, we can claim that a daily portion of Mana (5 servings) brings a record 161 health benefits to the body and brain.

Put simply, Mana is not just a complete food, but a multivitamin in unconventional form. And it contains healthy plant fats, protein, and carbohydrates to support the solubility of these vitamins, so you don’t have to worry about deficiencies.

But if you still want to add a little something extra to your Mana from time to time, no problem! Just don’t take too many vitamin and immunity supplements if you're drinking a lot of it, or vice versa. 

For a healthy smoothie, we recommend mixing Mana Origin Powder with orange juice and ginger. Or for those who prefer something more savory, try mixing it with avocado and spinach!

Sources: 

https://www.efsa.europa.eu/sites/default/files/efsa_rep/blobserver_assets/ndatolerableuil.pdf

https://drinkmana.com/pages/faq [accessed 15 April 2020]