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The ABCs of Vitamins

Diet & Nutrition • by Ryno Ellis • 15 July 2019

Ever found yourself in the isle at the pharmacy looking at the rows and rows of vitamin supplements, feeling overwhelmed? In this blog we break down some of the most important vitamins you need and why they’re important for you.

Vitamin A
Vitamin A generally comes from animal sources such as eggs, cheese, milk, fish oil and kidney as well as various vegetables. It’s essential for healthy skin and strong bones and teeth.

Vitamin B
There are many forms of Vitamin B: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 (folic acid) and B12 which are found in an array of foods from fruits, vegetables and whole grains to meats.
B vitamins are essential for many functions in the human body, such as maintaining healthy skin and muscles, a strong immune system and an optimal nervous system as well as promoting healthy cell division. Vitamin B9, also known as folic acid, is needed for the development of new cells and is especially vital to pregnant women.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is one of the most well-known of all the vitamins and is essential for the growth and repair of body tissue, repairing of skin and also aiding a healthy immune system. In addition, Vitamin C has antioxidant properties and helps stop free radicals from damaging the body which means that Vitamin C can help your skin from ageing. Many fruits and vegetables like citrus fruits and berries are great sources of Vitamin C.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is commonly known as the sunshine vitamin and is produced by your skin from coming into contact with the sun. It can also be found in small amounts in cheese, egg yolk and fatty fish like tuna. Vitamin D’s main function in the body is to help with the absorption of calcium for healthy bone growth. Vitamin D also possesses anti-inflammatory properties which helps with healthy cell growth.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E naturally occurs in many foods like nuts, vegetables, seeds and leafy greens. Vitamin E has many health benefits but what it’s most known for is having antioxidant properties which fight the damage of free radicals. It also aids the immune system and has been proven to prevent diseases like heart disease and cancer.

Vitamin K
Vitamin K is found naturally in many leafy greens, eggs, fish, liver, meat and cereals and is needed for blood clotting and strong bones.

Do I need to take a vitamin supplement?
Generally, most people need not take a vitamin supplement since your body can get all the vitamins you need from a balanced and healthy diet. However, it’s important to speak to your physician about a vitamin deficiency and follow their instructions when they suggest that you take a supplement.

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