The 11 Body Systems - The Integumentary System
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11 Body Systems: What is the Integumentary System and why is it so important?

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The 11 body systems are a collection of organ systems made up of parts that are able to work together to serve a common purpose – growth, reproduction and survival. Each part of a system depends on the other parts to perform tasks that can’t be achieved by single parts acting alone and help to improve our chances of survival by maintaining a stable internal body environment. This stable environment is known as homeostasis. Our series, 11 Body Systems goes into depth about each body system and how it relates to the rest of the body.

Why is the Integumentary system important?

The integumentary system provides a physical barrier to the outside world to protect the body from pathogens, physical threats, and to help regulate temperature. It also ‘waterproofs‘ the body, includes receptors for things like heat and pain to alert us to immediate threats, and helps to excrete some bodily wastes. In humans, like many other animals, the skin is also the organ responsible for producing the essential nutrient vitamin D.

What is it made up of?

The integumentary system includes skin, hair, nails and exocrine glands.

Integumentary supporting ingredients in Nuzest Good Green Vitality

Biotin (Vitamin B7)

Biotin, or vitamin B7, is a water-soluble vitamin that is an important co-factor for
metabolism of fatty acids, glucose, and amino acids. Biotin also plays a role in histone modification, gene regulation, and cell signaling and has demonstrated effects for improving skin and nail health. (1, 2)

Vitamin C

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble essential vitamin that serves as both an antioxidant and pro-oxidant. This vitamin plays an instrumental role in the development and maintenance of tissues, bone formation, wound healing, immune function, and a number of metabolic functions. (3) A deficiency can lead to scurvy, anaemia, infections, bleeding gums, muscular degeneration, poor wound healing, and a number of other conditions. (3) In Good Green Vitality vitamin C is provided as a supplemental form (ascorbic acid) and also naturally from rosehip.

Gotu kola

Gotu kola or Asiatic pennywort is a culinary and medicinal herb that grows in wetlands of the Asian continent. The leaves are used extensively in South Asian cooking and it is also used medicinally as a general health tonic and for treating minor wounds, and conditions of the skin such as ulcers, eczema, and psoriasis. (4) The active constituents are a range of saponins and glycosides along with phytosterols and fatty acids.


Beta-glucans are a group of polysaccharides (long-chain carbohydrates) found in a wide variety of foods in small amounts, including cereal grains like oats, bacteria, and commonly taken in the diet through edible and medicinal mushrooms. They have been indicated as being of benefit to anti-wrinkle, anti-ageing, and wound healing. (5)

Dietary enzymes

Pineapples and other tropical fruit have long been considered digestive aids in traditional medicine systems. Bromelain especially is thought to aid protein digestion and be anti-inflammatory and it may also enhance wound-healing and provide cardiovascular benefits. (6, 7)


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