Vitamins Your Body Needs to Stay Healthy

If you want overall health for your body, you must make sure that you are getting enough vitamins each day.  The most important ones are Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K.  You cannot just take one vitamin and ignore the others since each keeps your body healthy in their own way.



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Vitamin A is excellent in fighting infections, especially when you are sick.  If you are sick, your body can deplete itself of certain vitamins.  This vitamin helps your body maintain the amount it needs.  This vitamin, which also is needed for healthy skin and vision, and to protect the urinary tract and digestive system from protection, can be found in carrots, tomatoes, green vegetables, apricots, milk and liver.

.The Vitamin B group contains seven B vitamins which all play a different role.  They include B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B9..

Thiamin, or Vitamin B1, “helps the body’s cells change carbohydrates into energy” (medlineplus). This helps speed up metabolism and the rate in which we lose weight.  This vitamin can be found in cereal and bread.

Riboflavin-Vitamin B2-also helps boost your immune system and increase the energy in your body as well as “maintaining healthy hair, skin, mucous membranes, and nails; slowing aging; boosting athletic performance; promoting healthy reproductive function” (WebMD).  This vitamin can be found in dairy products such as eggs, milk and cheese.

Vitamin B3-or niacin-also plays a role in turning our food into energy. In addition to this, it helps raise the level of good cholesterol (High Density Lipoprotein or HDL).  It is also good for healthy skin.  This vitamin can be found in peanuts.

Pantothenic acid-or Vitamin B5-helps remove toxins from the body by making them more water soluble where the kidney flush them out with urine.  This vitamin speeds up the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates and protein. This vitamin can be found in berries such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries.

Vitamin B6 is necessary in reducing the chances of getting heart disease, lowering the amount of bad cholesterol in our bodies, unclogging arteries and “reducing blood levels of homocysteine, a chemical that might be linked to heart disease “ (WebMD). Higher levels of homocysteine are one of the main causes of damage to the blood vessels and blood clots.  This vitamin can be found in bell peppers and cabbage.

Vitamin B9 helps with brain function. This is an excellent vitamin if you need to memorize facts for a test.  This vitamin can be found in fruits such as avocados and grapefruit.

Vitamin C is needed for your immune system.  It helps you recover in a quicker amount of time when you have a cold or the Flu and may even prevent you from getting sick,  It is also an excellent antioxidant which helps prevent cell damage.  You can find this vitamin in many citrus fruits including oranges, lemons and grapefruit and can be also found in green vegetables and potatoes.

Vitamin D is necessary if you want strong and healthy bones.  This vitamin helps balance calcium and makes it easy for the bones to absorb this necessary mineral.  You can get this vitamin by spending some time in the sun and drinking milk.  Other sources of this vitamin include liver, oily fish, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products.

Vitamin E is needed for healthy skin. This vitamin plays a role in preventing your collagen from being destroyed and protects you skin from sun and pollutant damage. This vitamin is necessary if you do not want your skin to age prematurely because it plays a role in slowing down the aging process within your cells.  It is also a natural source of energy that helps increase the number of red blood cells especially within the muscles and heart,   This vitamin can be found in nuts such as walnuts and butternuts, green vegetables ands multigrain product.

We need Vitamin K in our diets if we want to have strong and healthy bones. While lack of calcium in our daily diets is one of the main causes of osteoporosis-where our bones become weak and brittle as we age, a lack of Vitamin K can cause this condition as well.  Vitamin K also provides a strong anti-oxidant called beta-carotene, which plays a key role of destroying the bad cells before they cause any further damage. While this antioxidant helps repair damaged cells because of free radicals, they also bring about anti-aging properties.  Including apricots in your daily diet will help you maintain that youthful look.  Not only will you look young on the outside, you also will be young on the inside since these anti-aging properties are effective in fighting against degenerative conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.  This vitamin can be found in cranberries, green leafy vegetables, alfalfa, milk, yogurt and Special K.

While you can get a majority of your vitamins from eating a wide variety of food, you can also take them as a supplement.  Most pharmacies sell multi-vitamins.  Read the instructions of how much you need to take.

 

References

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002401.htm



http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-934-vitamin






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