I’ve often wondered what are the vitamins that most people are low in. What do they do? Where can I find them? I hope this little article can help you figure that out.
- Vitamin A. Benefits of Vitamin A include improved vision, a healthy immune system, and works with cell growth. You can obtain Vitamin A from animal products (Retinoid) which include: eggs, whole milk, liver and fortified milk and cereals. Vitamin A (Beta Carotene) can be found in sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, and apricots. Vitamin A deficiency is usually found in people with poor diets or digestive disorders.
- B Vitamins (including B12 and Folate). B Vitamins include: thiamine, B12, riboflavin, folic acid (folate), and B6. Low vitamin B levels can contribute to heart problems, brain development, anemia, memory loss, fatigue, weakness, digestive problems, and red blood cells. Vitamin B can be found in fish, meat, poultry, eggs and dairy.
- B12 (see number 2)
- Vitamin C. Also known as ascorbic acid. A great source of Vitamin C is fresh fruit, especially citrus. Vitamin C is most well known for preventing scurvy. It also helps reduce colds, infections and increase iron absorption.
- Vitamin D. We often hear that a great source of Vitamin D is sunshine. It is, but Vitamin D can also be found in herring, mackerel, tuna, sardines, and fortified dairy products, fortified juice and fortified cereal. Deficiencies in Vitamin D can cause rickets, weak bones, bone pain, low calcium, and weakened immune system.
- Vitamin E. Vitamin E can be found in eggs, nuts, vegetable oils, green vegetables, and fortified cereals. It helps to promote strong immunity, healthy skin and eyes. Vitamin E deficiencies are rare. Long term Vitamin E overuse has been linked to strokes.
- Folate (see number 2).
- Omega 3. Omega 3 fatty acid helps to improve brain function, digestion, reduce inflammation, and helps to regulate hormones. It helps to lower blood pressure and slows development of plaque in arteries. Omega 3 is primarily found in fish but in smaller amounts in Walnuts, Flax seed, Canola and Soybean oil.
What do you think about this list. As always, talk with your doctor first before starting any type of vitamin or supplement.
*The information provided above is for entertainment purposes only. Everyone’s situation is different. Always consult a doctor or other medical professional. Writer does not accept responsiblity for information contained in the article. Sources for information is WEB MD.