I haven’t written in a while on my blog here and I ask that you please forgive me, if you were following my blog. October and the beginning of November were pretty hectic and I had some emotional ups and downs, which gives me a good reason to encourage myself and others to eat healthier. We’ve got to eat healthy, none of that high fructose corn syrup processed stuff. When we eat right and exercise, it’s easier to be positive because our body releases the necessary endorphins that make us happy.
Anyways, my last post was on the documentary Food Matters, and as you know they highly encouraged people to take lots and lots of vitamins. So I started doing a little research about vitamins and referenced back to a nutrition class I took a while back. You’d be surprised at how most people don’t know much about vitamins. So, I decided to create a provide you with information about vitamins with the help of a couple websites.
What are vitamins? Vitamins are organic substances created by plants and animals.
Why do need vitamins? We need vitamins to grow and be healthy. Vitamins help our immune system and help our bodies work properly. Vitamins help us prevent and even fight off diseases or illnesses.
Now, there are two types of vitamins. There’s fat-soluble and water-soluble. Fat soluble vitamins are ones that can be stored in our fat. Water-soluble vitamins are ones our bodies can only consume through water and if we don’t use them up we simply get rid of them through our urine so it is important to replenish our bodies with those vitamins everyday.
There are a total of 13 vitamins.
Fat-soluble vitamins are: A, D, E, and K
Water-soluble vitamins are: C and all B-complexes
Risks-Fat-soluble vitamins can pose a greater risk of toxicity since they are stored in fat, therefore it’s important to exercise. The only way you can overdose on vitamins is by taking a “mega-dose” which is 10x the dose of what is recommended.
Now here’s a small list of what these vitamins are good for:
Vitamin A– keeps skin healthy, prevents eye problems, and promotes a healthy immune system
Vitamin D– helps build strong bones (helps you absorb calcium, an important mineral)
Vitamin E-protects cells from damage, good for healthy red blood cells, is an antioxidant
Vitamin K– makes proteins for healthy bones and tissues, prevents blood clotting
Vitamin C– antioxidant, helps immune system, maintains blood vessels
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)- promotes normal appetite, helps release food energy, helps function of nervous system
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)-helps release food energy, promotes good vision and healthy skin
Niacin-helps digestions, promotes normal appetite and healthy skin and nerves
Vitamin B6 (pyrodoxine)-helps blood cell formation, body use fats and aids in protein metabolism
Folacin (folic acid)-promotes red blood cell formation, prevents birth defects, aids in protein metabolism
Vitamin B12-helps normal red blood cell development, maintenance of nervous system, and building of genetic material
Pantothenic acid-helps formation of hormones and energy production
Biotin-helps release energy from carbohydrates, aids in fat synthesis
Hopefully this helps!
Next post will be about food minerals so stay tuned!