Vitamins are organic compounds your body needs to perform all of its essential functions – growing tissues, regulating metabolism and maintaining a healthy immune system.
Vitamin A – This fat-soluble vitamin is often found in carrots and other similarly pigmented vegetables. It can also be found in meat, especially liver. Contributes to healthy eyes and general growth and development, including healthy teeth and skin.
Vitamin C – This water-soluble vitamin plays important roles in immune system function. It is also an antioxidant, which means it helps neutralize free radicals that are believed to cause aging of cells.
B-Vitamins – Responsible for energy production, immune function and iron absorption. This highly important group of nutrients can be found in whole unprocessed foods, specifically whole grains, potatoes, bananas, lentils, chili peppers, beans, yeast and molasses.
Vitamin B6 is essential to your immune system. Bananas, lean poultry, tuna and chickpeas are all high in this nutrient.
Vitamin B-12 – This is one of the most important essential vitamins. It is a co-enzyme that is vital in the conversion of food to be used as energy. It is widely available in many forms: pills, liquids, and even injections.
Vitamin D – This vitamin is important for bone and colon health. Your body generates it when your skin is exposed to sunlight.
Vitamin E – Contributes to blood circulation, and protection from free radicals. Vitamin E-rich food is the mighty almond. You can also fill up on other nuts, sunflower seeds and tomatoes.
Vitamin K – Important for blood coagulation, the process by which your blood clots.
Leafy greens are the best natural sources of Vitamin K, such as kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts and broccoli.
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