Vitamins make people's bodies work properly. Although you get vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat every day, some foods have more vitamins and minerals than others.The different vitamins have different function.
Vitamin C has long been associated with a stronger immune system and as a result is one of the most popular supplements taken in the UK today. However, the results of a recent study on guinea pigs suggest that Vitamin C has another equally important role in early brain development.
Vitamin C can be found in vegetables like capsicums and potatoes and in fruits like the citrus group and in strawberries and kiwifruit. If you are feeling tired and susceptible to infection you could be low in this vitamin.
If you notice your night vision is failing and you suffer from respiratory disorders you may have a lack of vitamin A. This nutrient is essential for cell development and maintaining vision and skin health. Oily fish, egg yolks, carrots and pumpkin are all good supplies.
Lack of vitamin E doesn't really cause any symptoms but this essential ingredient will mop up the free radicals that are the main cause of aging. If you eat nuts, seeds or vegetable oils every day, you will be getting enough.
Folate is needed by the body, but more so for women who are thinking about getting pregnant. Extra folate is required before and during pregnancy to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida; supplements are recommended during this time. Good sources are green leafy vegetables, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, liver and pulses.
Most of the B vitamins are found in protein rich foods like pork, poultry, eggs and fish. They all tend to interrelate together and are needed to regenerate DNA they are integral to growth and development.
Vitamin D is essential in aiding the the absorption of calcium, the best source is from exposure to sunlight. Just be careful to go out in the sun before 11am and after 3pm to avoid the hottest part of the day.
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