2 Dear customer, This little booklet gives you a bit of information about the vitamins in Jake. You can read about their most important function, the food in which you ll find the vitamin and some info about how Jake makes sure you re getting enough. So what are vitamins? Vitamins are organic compounds that are essential for our bodies to function. Essential means that our body cannot produce these vitamins itself - we need to get them from our diet. After every summary you ll find a coloured box like this one that tells you about the source and daily amount of the vitamin in Jake. A daily amount is 3 shakes for Jake Light and Jake Original, and 4 shakes for Jake Sports. Did we mess up somewhere or do you have questions? Let us know. You can always reach us through our website, social media, or by sending us an at Best, Julian S.L. Sarkinovic CTO Jake Nutritionals
3 Vitamin A Vitamin A plays a critical role in the functioning of our eyes and in a variety of other processes, such as the growth and differentiation of cells, the maintenance of our immune system and cell-to-cell communication. Our body can create vitamin A from so-called carotenoids, which can be found in red fruits and vegetables such as carrots and tomatoes. Vitamin A is found primarily in animal products like meat especially the liver dairy, fish and eggs. Jake provides 800 µg RE (100%) retinyl acetate, a naturally occurring form of vitamin A. Preformed vitamin A retinyl acetate has a drastically higher bioavailability than provitamin A carotenoids. Vitamin E Vitamin E is one of the most important antioxidants in our body. Furthermore, vitamin E plays a crucial role in the production of red blood cells and helps our body to use vitamin K. Vitamin E is found in most natural oils and fats, wheat, seeds, nuts, vegetables and fruit. Vitamin E deficiency is very uncommon, doses up to 2500% RDA have not shown adverse effects. Jake provides mg ( %) of vitamin E through dl-alpha-tocopheryl acetate. While this form has a slightly lower bioavailability compared to alpha-tocopherol, this is overcome by the increase in quantity. Vitamin D 3 Vitamin D: the sunshine vitamin, is incredibly important to our health. Vitamin D helps our body absorb the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc and influences the working of big parts of our DNA. Because of this, vitamin D is very important for our growth, our hormone function and for the maintenance of our bones and teeth. Our primary source of vitamin D is sunlight. We create vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) ourselves in the top layer of our skin (epidermis). We can also find small amounts of vitamin D in foods such as oily fish, some meats and eggs. Although our body can produce enough vitamin D with the help of sunlight, vitamin D deficiency is very common. Due to our indoor lifestyle, a staggering 25 to 75% of the Western population suffer from a lack of vitamin D. Therefore, vitamin D supplementation is recommended for almost every age group, especially for breastfed infants and the elder. There are two vitamers of vitamin D: vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) and vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). The vitamin D created in our skin is vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is more potent than vitamin D2. In line with recent scientific developments, Jake provides 10 µg (200%) of vegan vitamin D3 made from lichen. What are antioxidants? Antioxidants protect our cells from the damaging effects of oxidation on our cells. Oxidation can produce so-called free radicals, which can cause complications like cardiovascular disease and cancer. A normal healthy diet rich in plant foods, provides plenty of antioxidants through vitamins like vitamin E and C and minerals like zinc and selenium. Our body produces enzymes with antioxidant properties as well.
4 Vitamin K Vitamin K helps our blood clot, making sure that wounds can quickly stop bleeding. Vitamin K is well-known for its essential role in the formation of proteins for coagulation (clotting). Recent research shows that vitamin K is involved in many other functions in our body as well. Did you know that vitamin K is probably the first supplement you ve had? Babies are born deficient of vitamin K. We need vitamin K for blood clotting, so this deficiency can lead to dangerous bleeding. Therefore, babies receive a shot of about 1000% RDA vitamin K at birth. Different forms of vitamin K Vitamin K is essential in the formation of so-called Gla-proteins. These proteins have a variety of known roles in a variety of tissues. Vitamin K has two natural vitamers: vitamin K1: phylloquinone, and vitamin K2: menaquinones. Vitamin K1 and Vitamin K2 can perform the same biochemical reactions in our bodies. But they re not the same. Due the differences in structure and solubility, they reach different tissues in our bodies and therefore fulfill different roles in different parts of our body. That s why Jake contains 100% RDA of both of these vitamers. What is a vitamer? We know that a vitamin is an organic compound that our body needs to function. A single vitamin can come in different forms. These different forms are called the vitamers of the vitamin. For example, we ve seen that there s vitamin D2 as well as vitamin D3. Although the molecules are a bit different and vitamin D3 is more potent, both are vitamers of vitamin D and can fulfill the vitamin activity of vitamin D. Vitamin K1 Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) is mostly found in the liver as it dissolves relatively easy. This is where the proteins necessary for blood clotting are created, making blood clotting the main function for phylloquinone. Vitamin K1 plays a role in the photosynthesis in plants and is therefore unsurprisingly abundant in green vegetables like spinach and broccoli. The uptake phylloquinone from vegetables is very low: about 5-10%. Jake provides 75 µg (100%) of phylloquinone. Phylloquinone is used to treat warfarin toxicity and works as an antidote against coumatetralyl - a certain type of rat poison. Vitamin K2 Vitamin K2 (menaquinone) is the preferred form of vitamin K in tissues other than the liver, such as our bones and our brains. It is widely being researched for its many beneficial effects, such as the prevention of osteoporotic bone loss and vascular calcification. Menaquinones are synthesized predominantly by bacteria and therefore mostly found in animal products like eggs, liver, milk and cheese. Fermented animal foods are highest in vitamin K2: Japans favorite natto contains a staggering 775 µg (1100%) vitamin K2 per 100 g natto. Menaquinones stay in our body for a long time. It travels to different tissues easily and is absorbed almost completely (90%). This is one of the reasons that vitamin K2 is getting a lot of attention lately. Jake provides 75 µg (100%) of menaquinone-7, the most potent form of menaquinone.
5 Vitamin C Vitamin C, like vitamin E, is an important antioxidant that protects our cells from oxidative stress. We need vitamin C to produce collagen, a protein required to help our wounds heal. Also, vitamin C improves the absorption of iron and helps our immune system function properly. It s very important to include vitamin C rich foods in our diet as our body cannot produce or store vitamin C. Major food sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits, soft fruits and green vegetables especially peppers! Jake provides 80 mg (100%) L-ascorbic acid, the common vitamer of vitamin C. The word a-scorbic translates to non-scurvy, as a lack of vitamin C causes scurvy. Back in the old days when sailors would go on long journeys scurvy was a common disease as they would often not bring any fresh fruits or vegetables. The vitamin B-complex We know that a certain vitamin can have multiple vitamers. Vitamin D for example, comes in the form of vitamin D2 and vitamin D3 and both of which act as vitamin D. That s not the case with the B vitamins. The vitamin B complex is a group of seperate vitamins. While many of the B vitamins work together, each of the B vitamins has their own vitamin activity and benefits that come with it. The B vitamins are water-soluble vitamins that play a huge range of roles in our body. But not everyone gets enough vitamin B through their diet. To help us get there, in many Western countries the cereals, grains and bread must be fortified with vitamin B. Vitamin B1 Vitamin B1 (thiamin) is essential for our energy metabolism and therefore in the growth, development, and function of cells. It s necessary for the functioning of our heart and our nerve system. Thiamin is found in many foods such as whole grains and fortified bread, cereal, pasta, rice, meat, fish, legumes, seeds and nuts. Vitamin B1 deficiency can cause a variety of diseases such as Korsakov (linked with alcohol abuse) and Beriberi, which is common in underdeveloped rice-heavy countries. Jake provides 1.1 mg (100%) vitamin B1 through thiamin mononitrate. Thiamin mononitrate is the most commonly used form of vitamin B1 as it is stable and does not absorb water from natural humidity. Vitamin B2 Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) helps to turn the food that we eat in the energy that we need. It functions as an antioxidant and it s important for the growth, development, and functioning of our (blood) cells. Foods that are particularly rich in riboflavin are milk and dairy products, eggs and organ meats such as kidneys and liver. Green vegetables and fruits also contain riboflavin in smaller amounts. In many Western countries, grains and cereals are fortified with riboflavin. Vitamin B2 deficiency is extremely rare, but seen in cases of gluten-free diets. Jake provides 1.4 mg (100%) riboflavin.
6 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B3 (niacin) has a very wide variety of functions in our body. Some of these functions are the production of glucose our primary source of energy from food, DNA repair and it helps produce sex and stress related hormones. Vitamin B3 is found in meat, fish, whole grains and vegetables. As our bodies can make vitamin B3 from tryptophan as well, so it is not a vitamin in the classical sense. Vitamin B3 deficiency is very rare, but still seen in relation to alcohol abuse. Severe deficiency can cause pellagra. Pellagra is characterized by cracked, scaly skin, dementia and diarrhea. Jake provides 16 mg (100%) vitamin B3 in the form of nicotinamide, the commonly used and stable form of vitamin B3. Nicotinamide has shown less adverse effects when administered in very high doses, compared to niacin. Vitamin B6 Vitamin B6 has a huge range of functions in our body. To name a few, vitamin B6 is involved in more than 100 enzyme reactions, our energy metabolism, the production of proteins, hormones, cellular growth, our immune system and our nerve system. Vitamin B6 is found naturally in many foods and added to many other foods, making it very unlikely for healthy individuals to become deficient of the vitamin. Foods that contain a lot of vitamin B6 are meat, eggs, dairy, fish, bread, cereals, potatoes, legumes and many fruits and vegetables. Jake provides 1.4 mg (100%) vitamin B6 in the form of pyridoxine hydrochloride, the stable hydrochloride salt form of pyridoxine. Pyridoxine hydrochloride is converted into the active coenzyme form of the vitamin: pyridoxal phosphate. Vitamin B5 Vitamin B5 is more commonly referred to as pantothenic acid. Panthotenic acid is required for the production of protein, important enzymes (coenzyme-a in particular), carbohydrates and fats. Pantothenic acid is found in small quantities in nearly every food and in bigger quantities in meat, eggs, milk and dairy products, whole grain cereals, legumes and some vegetables, of which most in our generous avocados. As vitamin B5 is present in almost all foods, deficiencies are extremely rare. Large doses, up to 1000 times the RDA, have no reported adverse effects. Jake provides 6 mg (100%) pantothenic acid in the form of calcium-d-pantothenate. Vitamin B overdose Although it is not impossible, an overdose of a B vitamin is very unlikely to ever happen. Vitamins of the vitamin B complex are water soluble. That means that excessive vitamin B can easily be excreted through urine. But remember, there s always an upper limit. Especially with the fat soluble vitamins, a little is good, but that doesn t mean that a lot is better. If you are taking supplements, never take more than the recommended amounts.
7 Vitamin B7/B8 Biotin, sometimes referred to as vitamin B7, B8 or H is necessary to convert our food into glucose and keeps our skin and hair healthy. Biotin can only be synthesized by bacteria, molds, yeasts, algae, and by certain plant species. It is found in organ meats, eggs, liver, milk, nuts and peanuts. Biotin deficiency is relatively rare as the amounts needed are small and our intestinal bacteria are able to synthesize the vitamin. Deficiency does however occur in people that regularly consume a lot of raw eggs. There are eight different forms of biotin, but only one of them D-biotin occurs naturally and has full vitamin activity. Jake provides 50 µg (100%) biotin in the form of D-biotin. Vitamin B9/B11 Folic acid, sometimes referred to as vitamin B11 of B9 plays an important role in (infant) growth and the production of white and red blood cells. Folic acid is found in green vegetables, whole grain products, bread, meat and dairy products. Although a varied diet should provide sufficient folic acid, deficiency is common, especially in pregnant women. Therefore, women are advised to supplement 400 µg daily, starting 4 weeks before pregnancy. Vitamin B12 Vitamin B12 is essential for the proper functioning of our brains, our nervous system and plays a role in the production of red blood cells and DNA synthesis. Vitamin B12 can only be found in animal products such as milk, dairy products, meat, fish and eggs. Especially in people that do not eat animal products, vitamin B12 deficiency is very common. Furthermore, with age we lose our ability to effectively absorb the vitamin. Therefore, vegans, vegetarians and those older than 50 years are advised to meet their RDA by consuming foods fortified with vitamin B12 or a supplement containing vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 deficiency can potentially cause severe and irreversible damage, especially to the brain and nervous system. Furthermore, vitamin B12 deficiency causes tiredness, weakness, constipation, loss of appetite, weight loss, megaloblastic anemia, depression, confusion, dementia, poor memory, and soreness of the mouth or tongue. It s important to get enough vitamin B12. Jake Light provides 3.0 mg (120%), Jake Original 2.8 mg (112%) and Jake Sports 3.0 mg (124%) vitamin B12 in the form cyanocobalamin. Because of its superior stability and low cost this form is used in many pharmaceuticals and supplements as well as for fortification of foods. Jake provides 200 µg (100%) folic acid in the form of the provitamin pteroylmonoglutamic acid, for its superior bioavailability and stability.
8 Choline Choline helps us absorb and use fats, keep the liver clean from fat build-up, it s required for the production of acetylcholine, a compound needed for muscle control, memory storage and the protection of our brain from the negative effects of stress. Choline is grouped amongst the B vitamins as vitamin B4, but is not technically a vitamin as the human body can produce choline in small amounts itself. However, choline has been added to the National Academy of Science s list of required nutrients in 1998 as recent findings show that we do not produce enough choline and we need choline from dietary sources as well to meet our needs. Choline is best obtained from animal foods like eggs (the yolk), beef liver and dairy products. However, certain plant foods like soy, nuts, seeds, legumes and cruciferous vegetables like cabbage and broccoli also contain a fair amount. Jake provides 461 mg choline through the excellent source choline hydrogen tartrate. Lycopene Lycopene is a very effective antioxidant. Cumulative to its function as an antioxidant, lycopene has been linked to numerous beneficial functions in the human body. Lycopene is the natural pigment that gives fruits and vegetables a red colour. It is found in particularly high amounts in watermelon, grapefruit, tomatoes and any tomato products such as tomato juice, paste or ketchup. Lycopene is found in particularly high amounts in our blood, testes, adrenal glands and prostate. Like provitamin A beta carotene, lycopene is an abundant carotenoid. Although beneficial, lycopene does not have vitamin A activity and it is not an essential nutrient. Although the antioxidant properties of lycopene are thought to be primarily responsible for its biological effects, other mechanisms are also being identified. The results on the benefits of lycopene are promising, but research is still in early stage. Jake provides 25 mg lycopene through lycopene powder made from tomato powder. This form of lycopene is most beneficial as it synergizes with other phytonutrients found in the powder.
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