Vitamins are the building blocks of our health, and if we are lacking or low in certain types of vitamins or minerals, our bodies feel it. We may feel more sluggish, exhausted, and generally not ourselves. Here is a quick breakdown of the main vitamins and minerals our bodies need, what they do, and how to get them!
Vitamin A - Helps strengthen and maintain teeth, bones, and skin. Sources include: Carrots, broccoli, cantaloupe
Vitamin B6 - Helps to form red blood cells and maintain brain function. Sources include: Oats, fish, chicken
Vitamin B12 - supports healthy metabolism and it also helps to form red blood cells and maintain the central nervous system.
Sources include: FIsh, eggs, milk
Vitamin C - The antioxidant vitamin that assists the body to absorb iron and maintain healthy tissue, and aids in healing wounds.
Sources include: Red peppers, sweet potato, oranges
Vitamin D - The sunshine vitamin that helps promote healthy teeth (see a pattern), bones and helps maintain proper blood levels of calcium and phosphorus.
Sources include: Mushrooms, beef liver, eggs
Vitamin E - An essential vitamin that supports the immune system, cell function, and skin health.
Folate - This is a vitamin that is essential during rapid growth phases (such as during pregnancy). It also helps make red and white blood cells in the bone marrow, converts energy carbohydrates into energy.
Sources include: Pumpkin, peanuts, almonds
Vitamin H/Biotin - The beauty vitamin, it supports skin, hair, and nails and helps turn nutrients into energy.
Sources include: Legumes, sardines, walnuts
Vitamin K - The vitamin responsible for blood health, it helps with proper blood clotting and wound healing.
Sources include: Kale, rapini, Brussel sprouts
Niacin - This vitamin helps turn food into energy.
Sources include: Avocado, turkey, peas
Riboflavin - It is the all-around good vitamin; it assists in overall good health. It helps the body break down carbohydrates, proteins, and fats to produce energy, and it allows oxygen to be used by the body.
Sources include: Asparagus, broccoli, and spinach
Thiamine - Another vitamin B family vitamin, supports the growth, development, and function of cells.
Sources include: Pork, peas, oats
And those are your ABC's of vitamins. What's your favorite way to get your daily dose of vitamins?