The Benefits of Vitamins
We always hear, "take your vitamins," but do we really know why we should and what each vitamin does for us?
For me, I have no idea how each vitamin benefits my body... I just take them because I know that they're good for me.
Because I think it is important to understand what each vitamin does for you, and where they come from, I'm going to provide you with research about each well-known vitamin and their health properties.
The Common Vitamins & Their Benefits
1. Vitamin A
This vitamin is fat-soluble. This means that it works the best when taken with fat. Vitamin A is essential for eye and skin health. This vitamin is also known to fight specific cancers and boost the immune system. Some good sources of Vitamin A include sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach, pumpkin, and salmon.
2. Vitamin B1
This vitamin is water-soluble. Vitamin B1 helps to improve the nervous system, immune system, brain, muscles, heart, stomach, and intestines. This vitamin also helps with the flow of electrolytes through the body and muscles. Some good sources of this vitamin include brown rice, asparagus, sunflower seeds, potatoes, and eggs.
3. Vitamin B2
This vitamin is also water-soluble. Vitamin B2 is essential for new cell growth as well as a healthy metabolism. It gives the body the energy it needs. Some good sources of Vitamin B2 include bananas, persimmons, asparagus, green beans, and dairy products.
4. Vitamin C
This vitamin is water-soluble. It helps with collagen production, helps to heal wounds, and aids in a healthy bone formation. Vitamin C can also help to strengthen blood vessels, the immune system, iron absorption, and it also acts as an antioxidant. Good sources of this vitamin include citrus fruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cantaloupe.
5. Vitamin D
This vitamin is fat-soluble. It is vital for healthy bones - it helps prevent osteoporosis and deterioration of bones. Sources where you can get this vitamin from include UV Rays from the sun, fish, eggs, and mushrooms.
6. Vitamin E
This vitamin is fat-soluble. Vitamin E can help reverse heart disease, prevent inflammation, promotes eye health, supports the immune system, and it can prevent cancers. You can find Vitamin E in nuts, leafy greens, kiwi, and wheat germ.
7. Vitamin K
This vitamin is fat-soluble. Vitamin K is necessary for blood clotting, boosting the body's metabolism, and regulating calcium levels. You can find this vitamin in pumpkins, figs, parsley, and leafy greens.
Biotin is essential for a healthy metabolism. It is also needed to help spread nutrients and enzymes throughout the body. Some sources of biotin include sweet potatoes, fish, eggs, seeds, and nuts. You can shop for our nuts and seeds in store or on our website!
9. Folic Acid
Folic Acid is essential for creating DNA and new cells. It also aids in digestion, and supports healthy skin, hair, and nails. It helps especially aid in producing red blood cells throughout the body. Sources of Folic Acid include asparagus, eggs, leafy greens, citrus fruits, brussels sprouts, and broccoli.
10. Vitamin B3
This vitamin is essential for energy metabolism. It also is important for the nervous system, digestive system, and for skin health. You can find this vitamin in sources such as meat, poultry, fish, whole grain foods, peanut butter, and mushrooms.
Yes, these vitamins can be found in a wide variety of foods, but you can also get these through taking supplements.
The way I get these vitamins in my system is to make sure that my plate is filled with the 'rainbow' at every meal. By this, I mean that I always fill my plate with different vibrant colors - orange, green, red, etc. The more colorful your food is, the more vitamins they contain.
In the morning, I also take a multi-vitamin after my breakfast. I've been taking this vitamin everyday for months now and I've seen a huge difference in hair & nail strength, skin complexion, energy levels, and more.
How do you make sure you get your vitamins?
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