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A Vitamin A Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Check with your doctor to see if you have a deficiency in any area that needs additional supplements.
Mia Morales Jan 15, 2020
Do you know why the old wives’ take tells you to eat an apple a day? The most obvious reason is to keep the doctor away, but research shows that the phytonutrients, antioxidants, and high levels of fiber are good for fighting a number of organ damaging conditions.
Eating an apple is a great way to keep your health on track, but unfortunately, one little apple isn’t going to be enough to keep your body healthy. Sadly, for those of you clinging to your multivitamin as a shield against illness and disease, that isn’t the most effective supplement either.

The Essentials

The unique makeup of the human body, at a minimum, requires 13 essentials vitamins. Half of these are the range of B vitamins. These common elements tend to be included in a range of daily vitamin pills. However, each body type is different. For example, weight and belly fat impact what kind of increased nutritional support you might need.
For those who extremely athletic and constantly active, your body may be burning through certain vitamins more quickly than others. If your diet isn’t taking care of the essential nutrients that you need, then, by all means, you should be taking a supplement for an added boost of vitamins and minerals.
Although a daily vitamin is often the first choice, there are other options on the market. According to consumer opinions shared through Thrive Reviews, adding a more well-rounded supplement to your morning smoothie or protein shake can provide more support than just a vitamin.
Your body needs things to probiotics and certain minerals to help use up your vitamin stores, so a supplement that includes these in its dosing can more effective than just your multivitamins. However, if you want to focus on the different vitamins your body needs, here are some of the more important ones to include.

Vitamin A:

Not only does vitamin A have a foundational role in cell development and growth, but it also gets a lot of credit for potentially preventing lung cancer and night blindness. It also plays a part in maintaining healthy hair, skin, teeth, hums, nails, bones, and different glands throughout your body.

Vitamin B1 & 2:

There are a lot of B vitamins, and B1 and B2 are more commonly called thiamine and riboflavin. Boosting your level of these nutrients is important for helping regulate a strong metabolism, normal digestive functions, adrenal support, appropriate appetite, and optimum nerve functioning.
Legumes, lean meats, mushrooms, whole grains, seeds, dairy, and nuts are some of the natural places you can find these vitamins.

Vitamin C:

This is a vitamin found in citrus fruits that is essential for your body’s immunity. Its also called ascorbic acid, and it works to promote wound healing, strong blood vessel walls, iron absorption, and to prevent atherosclerosis. In addition to its immune-boosting properties, it is a highly effective antioxidant.

Vitamin D:

Another essential, vitamin D is what helps your body absorb calcium and build strong teeth and bones. Although the body makes this vitamin during sun exposure, you can also get vitamin D from fortified dairy products and fatty fish.

Vitamin E:

Contained in eggs and nuts, this vitamin works to protect fatty acids and maintains the body’s red blood cell stores and muscle mass. You can find the vitamin in fortified cereals, although eggs are the primary food source.

Vitamin K:

Many people don’t think about some of the lesser-known vitamins, but they are just as important for body health. Vitamin K helps your blood clot properly, and it has long been a practice to give newborns a high dose of vitamin K in order to prevent a now rare bleeding disorder. You can find high sources of vitamin K in dark green, leafy vegetables and liver.
Although these vitamins and more will probably be found in your multivitamin, increase your intake as your body needs. Aging individuals will have a need for increased intake in some areas given the body’s reduced functions and dietary limitations. Check with your doctor to see if you have a deficiency in any area that needs additional supplements.