Let’s start with defining vitamins. Vitamins are essential chemicals that take part in all the processes done in your body. Each vitamin performs a particular function in the body systems. Except for vitamin D, the human body cannot by itself produce vitamins such that it can only be acquired from the food we eat particularly fruits and vegetables. There is no single food that can actually provide you with all the vitamins that you need. Thus, it would be necessary to eat different kinds of fruits and vegetables to make sure you acquire all the nutrients you need. To be exact, you have to at least eat 5 servings of different fruits and vegetables a day to supply your body with the vitamins it needs. Unfortunately, almost all of us are guilty of not being able to do this. So what in particular vitamins do these fruits and vegetables have that we women need?
- Anti-oxidant vitamins- these are vitamin A (retinol) and carotenoids, vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) and vitamin E (tocopherol). These vitamins help for the body’s cell protection. It prevents free-radicals (cause cell disruption and death) to continue affecting healthy cells. It act as wall for cell protection.
- B-vitamins- particularly B6 (pyridoxine), B12 (cyano cobalamin) and B9 (folic acid) are needed by women. These vitamins regulate brain function, red blood cell formation and building of DNA. For some, supplements can be acquired through capsule or injection. These vitamins are essential especially for pregnant women for the brain development of their baby.
- Vitamin D- is considered one of the fat-soluble vitamins. It can come in two forms; D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol). This vitamin hels activate calium and phosphorus in the body to keep the bones and teeth strong. It can be produced by the body by exposing yourself to sunlight. Otherwise you can also try supplements particularly women over age 40.
- Vitamin K- is not actually considered as essential vitamins. However, this vitamin promotes strong bones and maintains normal blood clotting which is very necessary for people growing older.
As these vitamins are categorized, keep in mind that other vitamins are still important to keep your health at its optimum level. You can acquire these vitamins from supplements and multivitamins but the best way to have these even suggested by the doctors themselves is from eating fresh fruits and vegetables as mentioned earlier. Those capsulated multivitamins may contain other chemicals that when taken too much can actually affect your health. Just make sure to buy those trusted brands in the market. Also, your health care provider to advice you with the precise vitamin or the brand you need to take to satisfy any vitamin deficiency in your body. It may be difficult to have the five servings of different fruits and vegetables a day but at least now you know what you are missing ad what you need to do. To find the food to supply you with the vitamins you need, you can simply search it through the internet or the easy part, buy those supplements.