Vitamins: Nutritional Essentials
by Chris Robertson
vitamin supplement. Vitamins can fill in the nutritional gaps and shore up our immune
systems and stamina. Some vitamins and minerals even act as weight loss pills, by
stimulating the body's fat-burning mechanism.

Although it's ideal to consume vitamins through the foods you eat, vitamin
supplements can serve to bridge the gap and provide a safety net for those times
when you have to grab a bite on the run.

According to the National Institutes of Health, thirteen vitamins are essential for our
bodies to function: A, C, D, E, K and the eight B vitamins. Here's the lowdown on
eleven of the essentials:

Vitamin A is important for vision, reproductive function, and normal cell reproduction.
Beta-carotene, a precursor to Vitamin A, helps to fight disease-causing free radicals.
Vitamin A is found in milk products, organ meats, and fish oils. Beta-carotene is found
in colorful vegetables, such as carrots, broccoli, spinach, and sweet potatoes.

Vitamin B-1 (thiamin) processes carbohydrates into energy and is necessary for nerve
cell function. Breads and cereals are often fortified with thiamin, though it is also found
in whole grains, fish, lean meats, and dried beans.

Vitamin B-2 (riboflavin) helps the production of red blood cells and is important for
growth.

Vitamin B-3 (niacin) helps control cholesterol, processes alcohol, maintains healthy
skin, and converts carbohydrates to energy.

Vitamin B-5 (pantothenic acid) serves several bodily functions, such as converting fats
to energy and synthesizing cholesterol.

Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) is important in the production of hormones such as
serotonin, dopamine, and melatonin, as well as for processing amino acids.

Vitamin B-12 is a crucial component of DNA replication and nerve cell regulation. It is
found in milk products, poultry, meat, and shellfish.

Vitamin C is important in wound healing and acts as an antioxidant. It also helps the
body absorb iron. It's found in citrus fruits, potatoes, and greens.

Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which creates healthy bones and teeth. The
body can synthesize Vitamin D after exposure to sunshine, but it can also be found in
fortified milk products and cereals, as well as in fish.

Vitamin E helps to combat free radicals, which can damage our cells. It's found in nuts
and seeds, green leafy vegetables, corn, asparagus, and wheat germ.

Vitamin K is what makes the blot clot. While our bodies produce some Vitamin K, it
can also be found in vegetables like cauliflower and cabbage.


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Although the U.S. has the most
plentiful food supply in the world,
it's sometimes difficult to get all
of the nutrition our bodies need.
Our hectic lifestyles cause us to
eat out more and buy more
prepared foods to eat at home.
We eat fewer fresh fruits and
vegetables and a greater
quantity of nutritionally deficient
snack and fast foods than did our
parents' generation.

To ensure that we're consuming
all of the nutrition our bodies
need, it's often wise to take a
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