The difference between vitamins, minerals, enzymes and probiotics

Multi-Vitamins and Minerals

A multi-vitamin/mineral is an essential base for most people especially in New Zealand where we have low mineral content in our soil. It’s very unlikely that you are receiving everything you need from your food unless you are living on organically grown fruits and vegetables and a wide range of other food groups daily to give you your baseline vitamins and minerals that you need for optimal cellular function.

Your body however would prefer to receive it’s nutrients through food – it comes perfectly packaged with co-factors making it easy to absorb and utilise by the body and it is in a dose our bodies can easily handle.  In whole foods, vitamins and minerals are a part of a complex grouping of naturally occurring compounds which include enzymes, coenzymes, cofactors and phytonutrients, along with proteins, fats and carbohydrates. The greater the density of vitamins or minerals in such a matrix, leads to greater nutritional value resulting in more benefit for the body.


Enzymes are unique energized proteins that speed up biochemical reactions in the body.  If we didn’t have enzymes, these reactions would occur too slowly for us to survive!  Our body makes two main types of enzymes: metabolic enzymes and digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes are secreted throughout the digestive tract to help us break down and absorb the nutrients from our food, while metabolic enzymes look after our other body functions.

Our body’s production of enzymes reduces at around 25 years of age and due to our modern lifestyles and often lifeless diets there are many enzyme depleted people walking around suffering from chronic health conditions and in particular if digestive enzymes are depleted they may be suffering from things like indigestion, heart burn and reflux, bloating, excessive wind and tummy aches.  Statistics show that over 30% of New Zealanders suffer from some form of poor digestion.


Probiotics are live microorganisms (known as ‘good’ or ‘friendly’ bacteria) that reside within the intestinal tract. The correct balance of healthy bowel flora is essential for sustained health and wellness. Probiotics assist gastrointestinal wellbeing as well as aid the immune system. Modern lifestyles, stress, poor diets and medications especially antibiotics can all attribute to an imbalance in in bowel flora.

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