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Vitamins: Taking It On A Natural Way

Updated on March 24, 2013

It is not recommended to take vitamins supplement everyday. You can maximize the chance of getting these vitamins through a diet - fruits and vegetables, without having to worry of its side effects.

“Except for persons with special medical needs, there is no scientific basis for recommending the routine use of dietary supplements”
Food & Drug Administration

Why are we taking vitamins? People see it a quick, convenient and inexpensive way to reduce our chance of getting sick or to improve one’s health.

A lack of certain vitamins can lead to fatigue, poor skin, teeth and bones, and in some cases of deficiency, can lead to a serious illness. But we’re not talking about a pill-form of vitamin here.

Pill-form has always its bad effect to our health.

I’ve done little research, that most people are fond of taking these popular vitamins for a daily supplement.

Vitamin C.

This is often associated with its powers to fight infections. Kids love the orange-flavoured chewable of this vitamin. This vitamin is water-soluble, meaning that if you take more than your body can use, excess is usually excreted without causing harm.

However, when taken in high dosage, there are also side-effects or adverse reaction like nausea and stomach cramps. Vitamin C deficiency can cause scurvy that leads to the formation of brown spots on the skin, spongy gums and bleeding of mucous membranes.

In high-enough doses, vitamin C can cause kidney stones. Natural form of vitamin C however, is good for our immune system, protecting the body against stress.

Sources of Vitamin C:

citrus fruits, melon, strawberries, blackcurrants, green peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, kiwi fruit, potatoes, dark green leafy vegetables, red peppers, squash, mango, papaya, cauliflower, pineapple, blueberries, raspberries and cranberries.

Vitamin A.

Vitamin A is also known as ‘retinol’, a name given in reference to the participation of this compound in the functions of the retina of the eye. This vitamin is important for reproduction, bone health, and immune function. The most popular form of vitamin A, calledbeta-carotene, also prevents diseases including cancers, when taken into diet. If taken into pill and you overdosed, this vitamin will make a person develop liver fibrosis. High-vitamin A food can preserve your eyesight and helps you fight viral infections.

Sources of Vitamin A: For Retinol, meat, eggs, oily fish, liver, milk, cheese, kidney. For Carotenoids - carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots, cantaloupe melon, broccoli, spinach, pumpkin and all other green and orange fruits and vegetables.

Vitamin E.

Don’t you love the glow of your skin? Because of its antioxidant activity, vitamin E is vital in protecting skin cells from harmful ultraviolet light, pollution, drugs and other elements that produce a cell damaging free radicals. This vitamin is a key player to cell communication and immune function. This is best obtained through a diet and not on a pill. The benefits of vitamin e for the overall good health of individuals are substantial.

Sources of Vitamin E: vegetable oils such as canola, palm, sunflower, olive and soybean. Also found in nuts, seeds, wheat germ, spinach, green leafy vegetables, asparagus and cereals.

Vitamins are really good for our health that is when only taken through a diet. If taken into pill, it seems to do just the opposite. Over-dosage of vitamin-pill has always its bad results. It is better to look for vitamins in natural way, through fruits, vegetables, grains, or dairy products. Remember, vitamins lose its main benefits when taken in excess.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank for the info Proton, never heard of this before. I myself is not on a vit supplemement, they're just so expensive :)

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      proton66 5 years ago from Southern California

      I have never taken any vitamin supplements primarily because I didn't want to spend my money on everything I read about or what people tell me.

      Already, my expense on fruits and vegetables should do the trick but only recently did I learn that a deficiency of vitamins and minerals comes from your system robbing them to keep up in its fight against free radicals.

      Perhaps the question is, what age group is deficient? Sound like the older one gets the worse off they are. Dr Daniel Royal talked about it, and hinted on a new dietary supplement that is neither a vitamin nor a mineral that fixes this deficiency. This requires a SpectraCell MicroNutrient Test.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thanks Emma. that's right. i myself will have to improve on my diet, pill-form vitamins not helping me gain weight :)

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      Emma Kisby 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Hi, this is a good hub on the importance of nutrition.

      I will take iron tablets rarely if I feel very tired, but I tend to eat the right foods. Either spinach, cabbage and read meat. Then I will have fruit and other veg. Even fortified cereal is better than supplements.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      I used to take supplements in everyday, vitamin c, e and like ferrous sulfate for the blood. after researching, found out that people are most likely to develop diseases by taking instead of buying them, i buy fruits instead. Thank you for the comment!

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 5 years ago from NYC BABY

      Nice hub. I used to take vitamins but stopped about 3 years ago, because I realized that I should just be eating the right foods that have vitamins in them. Vitamins are pills and I try not to take any pills anyway because they're not good for you. Voted up and useful!

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      5 years ago

      thanks ... very true.