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Do Vitamins Help Boost Your Vitality?

We all know the importance of eating well for a healthy body and mind.
With my 'Vitality Challenge' underway, I was intrigued to find out if vitamins also help boost your vitality and well-being. So, armed with a cupboard full of new supplements, I'm putting them to a test!

One of the actions from My 30 Day Vitality Challenge was to provide my body with the nutrition it was lacking. Yes, that meant looking at what I was eating. But on a more cellular level, I needed to increase my intake of nutrients and minerals. I knew I wasn’t getting enough from my food choices.  So, my plan is to see if vitamins would help boost my vitality.

So, with great excitement and for the first time in years, I went on a shopping spree!

However, I didn’t return home with items to hang up in my wardrobe, boxes of shoes or buyer’s remorse.  Instead, I dropped some coin’s in Holland & Barrett on vitamin and mineral supplements!! (With not a regretful bone in my body!)

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It’s now seven days since my challenge began. During which, I’ve been taking a cocktail of the supplements that I purchased.  I can slowly feel myself getting back to ‘feeling normal’. Many of the cravings and mind distractions that were plaguing me weeks before, are getting less frequent and I can feel myself balancing out. 

Well, you know I like sharing!  So below I have listed the supplements that I am currently taking. The list may seem long – but don’t be alarmed.  I’m not taking them all everyday!  I have done my research!!

I’ve paired each supplement with each other on various days so I can get the full benefit.  I have also ensured I’m eating more portions of the foods containing the highest dose of each vitamin and mineral.


Well, lets take a look at the benefits of some of the supplements I purchased to see how they’re going to help boost my vitality!


What it does?

  • Needed for healthy skin – inside and out
  • Essential for night vision
  • Protects against infections
  • Antioxidant and immune system booster
  • Protects against many forms of cancer

Deficiency signs:

  • Mouth ulcers
  • Poor night vision
  • Acne, dry flaky skin, dandruff
  • Frequent colds or infections
  • Thrush or cystitis
  • diarrhoea 

Top 5 food source:

  • Beef liver
  • Veal liver
  • Carrots
  • Watercress
  • Sweet Potatoe

Vitamin A helpers:  Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin E

Vitamin A Robbers: Heat. Light.  Alcohol. Coffee. Smoking.


What it does?

  • Needed for making use of protein
  • Essential for energy
  • Essential for nerves
  • Helps body deal with toxins

Deficiency signs:

  • Poor hair condition
  • Eczema or dermatitis
  • Irritability, anxiety or tension
  • Lack of energy
  • Constipation
  • Tender or sore muscles

Top 5 food source:

  • Sardines
  • Oysters
  • Tuna
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Turkey and chicken

Vitamin B12 helpers:  Folic Acid

Vitamin B12 Robbers: Alcohol.  Smoking. Lack of stomach acid.


What it does?

  • Strengthens immune system
  • Keeps bones, skin and joints firm
  • Antioxidant, detoxifying pollutants
  • Protect against cancer & heart disease 
  • Turns food into energy
  • Helps makes anti-stress hormones

Deficiency signs:

  • Frequent colds and infections
  • Lack of energy
  • Bleeding or tender gums
  • Slow wound healing

Top 5 food source:

  • Peppers
  • Watercress
  • Broccoli
  • Lemons
  • Kiwi Fruit

Vitamin C helpers:  Vitamin B, Vitamin E

Vitamin C Robbers: Alcohol.  Smoking. Pollution. Stress.  Fried food.


What it does?

  • Retains Calcium to help maintain strong and healthy bones.

Deficiency signs:

  • Joint pain or stiffness
  • Backache
  • Tooth decay
  • Muscle cramps
  • Hair loss

Top 5 food source:

  • Herring
  • Mackerel
  • Salmon
  • Oysters
  • Cottage cheese

Vitamin D helpers:  Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E

Vitamin D Robbers: Lack of sunlight.  Fried food.


What it does?

  • Antioxidant, protecting cells from damage
  •  Prevents blood clots and thrombosis
  • Improves would healing
  • Improves fertility
  • Good for skin cells

Deficiency signs:

  • Lack of sex drive
  • Exhaustion after light exercise
  • Slow would healing
  • Varicose veins
  • Infertility
  • Loss of muscle tone

Top 5 food source:

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Wheatgerm
  • Sesame seeds
  • Peanuts
  • Tuna

Vitamin E helpers: Vitamin C

Vitamin E Robbers: High temperature cooking. Air pollution. Birth control pills. Excessive intake of unrefined or processed fats and oils.


What it does?

  • Critical during pregnancy
  • Essential for brain and nerve function
  • Utilises protein
  • Helps red blood cell formation

Deficiency signs:

  • Anaemia
  • Eczema, cracked lips
  • Anxiety or tension
  • Depression
  • Poor memory
  • Lack of energy
  • Poor appetite
  • Stomach pains

Top 5 food source:

  • Wheatgerm
  • Spinach
  • Peanuts
  • Broccoli
  • Sprouts

Folic Acid helpers: Vitamin B12

Folic Acid Robbers: High temperature. Light. Processed food. Birth control pills. 


What it does?

  • Transports oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from cells.
  • Vital for energy production.

Deficiency signs:

  • Anaemia
  • Sore tongue
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to cold

Top 5 food source:

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Parsley
  • Almonds
  • Prunes
  • Cashew nuts

Iron helpers: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Folic Acid

Iron Robbers: Tea. Wheat bran. Fizzy drinks. Food additives. 


What it does?

  • Essential for growth
  • Controls hormones
  • Promotes healthy nervous system and brain
  • Helps grow hair
  • Essential for constant energy

Deficiency signs:

  • Poor sense of taste or smell
  • White marks on more than two finger nails
  • Frequent infections
  • Acne or greasy skin
  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite 

Top 5 food source:

  • Oysters
  • Ginger root
  • Lamb
  • Pecan nuts
  • Split peas

Zinc helpers: Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Magnesium, Calcium

Zinc Robbers: Wheat. Low protein intake. Excess sugar intake. Stress. Alcohol. 

Could you identify with any of the deficiency signs? 

I sure did!  

After one week of taking my cocktail, I could feel certain things changing already.  My energy levels have picked up, my hair and skin feels more moisturised and best one of all – I’ve noticed that I’ve worn my glasses less!! 

You could argue that it’s because I’m doing all the other things outlined in my 30 Day Challenge – and you could be right!

But for me, this is the first time I have actually made a concerted effort to provide my body with extra vitamins and minerals. I do feel like the vitamins have helped boost my vitality.  

I can’t wait to see the results after the full 30 days – both on the inside and out! 

Do you take any supplements? How are they working for you?



  • Marie Thomas

    I am following your Blog for weeks, I am a believer in eating healthy and taking my daily toil of Vitamins and having a glass of smoothies and having a positive attitude and sharing.
    Proud of being part of your Blog.
    Love you and keep up the kind words and Blog.

    • Chantelle - I Am Brazen Spirit

      Hi Marie, Thank you for your support. I do hope the extra vitamins will give me a boost. I haven’t yet ventured into smoothies but ensure I get a good daily portion of fruits. Keep up the positive attitude. Chantelle x

  • Polly Mattia

    Hey Chantelle,
    I go through periods of taking a new wonder vitamin, but to be honest have never felt any different because of them. I did however want to thank you for your last post that had a link to a Mel robbins interview which I found life changing.
    I love what you are doing online. It is very brave to put yourself out there like that.
    Keep up the good work.

    • Chantelle - I Am Brazen Spirit

      Hi Polly, I hear people say that a lot about vitamins lol! It does seem to be having a positive effect so far – but lets see!!
      So, glad that you discovered Mel. Isn’t she amazing! I love listening to her – such insight on human behaviour and why we do what we do. So glad it made an impact.
      I love to hear feedback when readers discover a breakthrough. I want you all to start igniting your Brazen Spirit. (It’s the main reason I keep ‘putting myself out there’.)
      Thank you. Chantelle x

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