What are all those vitamins for anyway?

May 19, 2011 4:23 pm by Phil D in Food and Drinks, Get in Shape, Health and Fitness, Power of Mind

When you’re at home, whether you eat with your family or not, chances are you’re getting a much more well-rounded diet full of the vitamins and minerals that keep you healthy. When people change their diet in college, they sometimes find that they miss out on essential nutrients, especially vitamins, and can suffer from a number of health issues.

Vitamins are substances found in a variety of foods that help the body function normally. There are two types of vitamins: fat soluble (these stay in your body for longer and include vitamins A, D, E and K) and water soluble (these pass quickly through your system and therefore need to be replaced more often. These include B and C vitamins).

Vitamin A
You’ve probably heard that carrots are good for your eyes. That’s because carrots are rich in vitamin A which plays a large role in eyesight – including helping you see in dimly lit areas (like your study desk at 2 am before an exam) and see colors. It also improves skin.

Vitamin A can be found in:
– Vitamin fortified milk
– Orange fruits and vegetables (cantaloupe, carrots, and sweet potatoes)
– Dark leafy green vegetables (kale or spinach)

Vitamin B
This is actually a group of vitamins that includes B1, B2, B6, B12, naicin, folic acid, biotin and pantothenic acid. They are particularly important in keeping your metabolism active and in creating red blood cells.

Vitamin B can be found in:
– Whole grains (like wheat and oats)
– Fish and sea food
– Poultry and meats
– Eggs
– Dairy products
– Vegetables (leafy greens and beans and peas)

Vitamin C
Possibly the most famous of the vitamins, this all-purpose vitamin helps keeping your body tissues in good shape as well as helping your body heal cuts or infections.

Vitamin C can be found in:
– Citrus fruits
– Cantaloupe
– Strawberries
– Tomatoes
– Broccoli
– Kiwi
and many other fruits and veggies!

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is the vitamin you need for strong bones and teeth. Vitamin D even lends a hand to an important mineral — it helps your body absorb the amount of calcium it needs.

Vitamin D can be found in:
– Milk fortified with vitamin D
– Fish
– Egg yolks
– Liver
– Fortified cereal

Vitamin E
This understated vitamin does a lot more than you might think. It maintains a lot of your body’s tissues, like the ones in your eyes, skin, and liver, it protects your lungs from becoming damaged by polluted air and it is important for the formation of red blood cells.

Vitamin E can be found in:
– Whole grains, such as wheat and oats
– Wheat germ
– Leafy green vegetables
– Sardines
– Egg yolks
– Nuts and seeds

Vitamin K
This immensely important nutrient is essential in making your blog clot properly. Clotting occurs at the site of any injury, and it’s what stops you from bleeding to death from a little scrape.

Vitamin K can be found in:
– Leafy green vegetables
– Dairy products, like milk and yogurt
– Broccoli
– Soybean oil

If you are not getting the nutrients you need from you food, make sure you take a multivitamin. As you can see, there are numerous roles that vitamins play in your body.


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