Our patients often hear about vitamins and the many benefits they offer our bodies. This is how many food companies advertise their products in eye-catching colors and fonts with “high in vitamin C” or “rich in riboflavin.” What does this mean for your body? What purpose do vitamins serve? If there are benefits, are you taking in enough to continue functioning optimally?
Why Our Bodies Need Vitamins
For maximum efficiency, our bodies need vitamins for energy, encourage tissue repair, and cell growth. Our bodies never lie. A sign of nutrient deficiency is the feeling of being hungry despite having our fill of food. A large portion of deep-fried chicken tenders and French fries will not nearly have the same nutritional value as whole, raw foods densely packed with vitamins.
Choosing leafy greens such as spinach and kale, or fruits such as oranges, as examples, and eat them fresh. They have not had their structures broken down due to cooking, exposure, and other elements.
This is a breakdown of the most common types of vitamins:
- Vitamin A: Keeps skin healthy and glowing, can be helpful in improving vision, and may help lower the risk of cancer.
- Riboflavin: Assists with converting the food you eat into energy. Good for healthy hair, skin, and brain health.
- Calcium: Helps with muscle functioning, blood clotting, reducing blood pressure, as well as building strong bones and teeth.
- Niacin: Also assists with converting food into energy. Helps with brain health, maintaining blood cell health, and nervous system functioning.
- Vitamin B12: Helps with lowering heart disease risk, breaking down amino acids and fatty acids, and encourages new cell growth.
- Vitamin C: Boosts the immune systems and may help lower risk of some cancers, such as stomach and breast.
- Iron: A common deficiency, especially among women in their child-bearing years. This is a mineral that is essential for transporting oxygen to the rest of the body.
- Magnesium: Necessary in assisting with blood clotting, energy metabolism, muscle contraction, regulating blood pressure, and healthy teeth and bones.
- Zinc: This is essential for to assist with the body’s cell growth, as well as is a building block for some proteins and enzymes. A lack of zinc can weaken the immune system and slow down one’s growth and development.
We have only touched the surface on the various types of vitamins and how they are necessary for your health. Many of these can be found just by everyday consumption of whole, natural foods. You may also want to augment your diet by taking supplements.
Before you decide to change your diet, make sure that you make an appointment with a Fort Worth doctor. Primary Care Associates of Texas can help determine whether or not there are some nutritional deficiencies and make recommendations based on your particular health care needs.
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