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The Benefits of Taking Essential for Women

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Essential Takeaways

  • It takes 3-4 months for your body to reach a new equilibrium from changes in nutrient intakes, and some benefits can take up to 1 year.*
  • The proper nutrient levels help your body maintain tissue structure, build new cells, and support daily internal functions.*

Improving your long-term health is about a lot more than just how you feel. That brings us to a few common questions people ask Ritual: “what if I don’t feel anything? Are the vitamins still working for me?”

The short answer is, yes. An essential nutrient is defined as being required for normal body functioning and cannot be synthesized by the body, or not synthesized enough to maintain normal health. The ingredients in Essential for Women are some of the most common necessary nutrients missing from most women’s diets—they’re foundational-to-health in that they help prepare the body for a stronger future, and improving your long-term health is about a lot more than what’s surface deep.

The Perception Puzzle

While many people may feel a difference in mood or energy within 1-2 weeks of taking vitamins, some don’t feel anything at all. And that’s okay. The benefits you feel are just bonuses when it comes to improving your long-term health. Perception is different for everyone; it’s easy for you to go from feeling good to feeling slightly better without even noticing.* Above the surface, it might look like not much has changed. But if we were to take a look under the hood, you’d see the nutrients doing their jobs. By the time the nutrients in Ritual reach your neurons, they’re helping many other cells in your body—including the heart, immune system, bones, and more.*

Water-soluble vs. Fat-soluble

Vitamins are classified as either fat-soluble or water-soluble. The difference determines how each vitamin acts within the body. Fat-soluble tend to remain in the tissue while water-soluble will not.

What’s Actually Happening Inside

As soon as you start taking water-soluble nutrients, they start working to support your heart, nerves, and more. These nutrients are excreted daily, and must be constantly replenished to maintain optimal levels, especially during pregnancy. Fat-soluble nutrients are easier for the body to store but take longer to build up—except for D3, which can help your brain or, if you’re pregnant, your baby’s development in a shorter amount of time. All in all, it takes 3-4 months for your nutrient levels to reach a new equilibrium (aka balance). After that, it’s all about keeping that equilibrium steady. Maintaining a constant daily intake of essential nutrients helps benefit parts of the body that are slower to change, like bones and joints. It can take up to two years for low nutrient levels in the bones and cartilage to reach a new optimal balance. Health is a long-term game.*

Let’s Talk Benefits

Essential for Women will help a whole host of your body’s functions and only gain impact with time. Here’s a quick look at everything that’s happening on the inside.*

All in all, it takes 3-4 months for your whole body to reach a healthy new equilibrium.

Month 2: Skin Health: The skin is your body’s largest organ, so it makes sense that what you put in your body has an effect on your skin. Vitamin E helps provide antioxidant protection for your skin cells so that they’re more equipped to fight free radicals. Vitamin E also helps reinforce your skin’s natural barrier, an important factor in keeping your skin protected from external irritants.

Month 6: Heart Health: Research continues to provide evidence that the omega-3 fatty acids support heart health by keeping your cell membranes fluid. Plus, the folate MTHFR and vitamin B12 in Ritual help support a healthy heartbeat.

Month 9: Brain Health: Your brain is in charge of nearly everything that happens in your body, so we need to keep it healthy. Folate, vitamin B12, iron, magnesium, omega-3 s, and vitamin D3 all work together to keep your brain cells in tip-top shape.

Month 12: Bone Health: You can support healthy bones with two key nutrients: vitamin K2 MK7 and vitamin D3, both of which help keep calcium in your bones where it belongs instead of letting it wander around your circulatory system. More calcium in your bones = stronger bones as you get older. This is especially important for women as we tend to lose bone mass over the years.

Ongoing: Healthy Aging: Aging is about a lot more than just the little lines on your face. Every part of you changes as you get older, even the DNA inside your cells — your nutritional status determines how healthy those changes will be. By filling the most common nutrient gaps in your diet, Essential for Women helps ensure that your body has all the nutrients it needs to help maintain tissue structure, build new cells, and support its daily functions. It might not sound exciting, but the difference this makes in your daily health can help ensure that you’re still feeling healthy and active when you’re old.*

This is just the beginning, really. Everything from your own blood or immune system to your baby benefits from better nutrition. Each nutrient has its own story and purpose within the body, and by taking these nutrients every day, you’re investing in a healthier future. And that’s something you can feel really good about.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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