What are vitamins?

Vitamins are compounds of organic nature that cannot be synthesized by the body. They are vital for growth and help to keep a body strong and able to fight off infections. Many people take multi vitamins to help fight off harmful diseases and to help increase their body functions. There are some vitamins we take in every day and don't even know we are doing it. Take vitamin D for instance. Did you know every time you walk outside your body is taking in Vitamin D? Vitamin D3 is a type of vitamin that is absorbed into the body. Its main source is from the sun. Every time the sun hits your body it is taking in a vitamin. There are many other vitamins that are vital to a body. Some of them include:

  • Omega 3 fatty acids and fish oil
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • B Vitamins
  • Calcium

Omega 3 fatty acids and fish oil

These vitamins have been studies in the past and have proven that they hold keys to helping major health issues today. They help lower blood pressure, help with depression, arthritis and more. As you can tell by the name the foods that hold the highest amount of Omega 3 and fish oil is itself. Some fish however may be high in fat content so be careful when choosing. Don't go for a breaded fried fish but a clean baked one. Some of the fish that is high in both vitamins are sardines, salmon, tuna and swordfish. Check this website to know more about fish oil.

Vitamin C

When most people think of vitamin C the first thing that comes to mind is oranges. Although high in vitamin C all citrus fruit actually holds a big amount of it. Vitamin C helps to fight off infection by building blood vessels, ligaments and tendons. It helps fight off cancer and heart disease and helps to maintain bones and teeth. Some foods other than citrus fruit that are high in Vitamin C are broccoli, peppers, spinach, tomatoes and winter squash.

Vitamin A

Although an important vitamin to our body it is a vitamin that is not heard often. This vitamin helps bone growth, vision, reproduction, immune system and cell functions. Some foods high in Vitamin A are liver, carrots, sweet potatoes and peppers (cayenne, chili and red).

B Vitamins

There are numerous B vitamins. Most people take what is called a B complex vitamin. B12 comes in a tablet or a shot. When someone B12 is low they tend to feel very tired and fatigued. A food high in B12 is Swiss cheese. B3 is a big one but sometimes people can get too much and tend to get a rash because of it. The food high in B3 is turkey or chicken. Next is Vitamin B2 which tends to cause anemia if there is a deficiency. Foods high in this are yeast and liver. Vitamin B9 helps with cell growth. This vitamin is big in children because a deficiency can cause a delay or problem with development. It is also vital in pregnancies to help with the growth and forming of the fetus. Beans and lentils are high in Vitamin B9. There are many more B vitamins these are just the main ones that people look at because they play such a big role in the function of the human body.

Calcium

Whenever people think of calcium they always think milk. The human body has more calcium than any other nutrient or vitamin in the body. This vitamin can be found in medicine, bought as a vitamin, placed in food sources or taken from a food high in calcium content. Not only does it help in bone structure and growth but in blood circulation, muscle functions and intercellular fluids. Any part of dairy is high in calcium. This includes cheeses, yogurt, milk, cottage cheese, sour cream and more. It can also be found in abundant in sardines, turnip greens and tofu.

Our bodies in general cannot survive or live without the help of vitamins and minerals. Eating a healthy regime and diet will help you feel better and receive all the vitamins and minerals your body will need.

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