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Why Supplement Your Diet?

Updated on October 3, 2016

Supplements

Unfortunately, four out of five people don't get the recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals through food alone. That's why supplementing your diet with a multivitamin is so important.

Vitamins don't provide energy, like proteins, carbohydrates and fats, but they are essential compounds that help the body grow and function optimally. Thirteen essential vitamins help boost your immunity, strengthen your bones, heal wounds, bolster your eyesight and assist you in obtaining energy from food-- among multiple other functions. Without adequate vitamin intake, you may feel lethargic, be vulnerable to infection and develop other serious complications that can endanger your health and life.

Vitamins allow your body to develop and grow. There are 13 essential vitamins, including vitamins A, C, K, D, and E and B vitamins such as riboflavin and folate. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the best way to meet your vitamin needs is to eat a balanced diet containing a variety of foods. Unfortunately most of us don't eat a balanced diet and we are not getting the amounts of vitamins that we need.

Zinc and Vitamin B

Zinc and vitamin B are essential nutrients that help your body grow, heal and use energy efficiently. Zinc maintains immune function, aids in healing wounds and promotes DNA synthesis. B-complex vitamins regulate enzymes and processes that convert food to energy. Diets insufficient in either nutrient lead to decreased energy, appetite and weakened immune function, but certain power foods help to ensure you get an

B6: Why you need it: Vitamin B6 is an umbrella term for six different compounds that have similar effects on the body. These compounds metabolize foods, help form hemoglobin (part of your red blood cells), stabilize blood sugar, and make antibodies that fight disease. It is important to remember to eat when you take this vitamin, as it will make you sick on an empty stomach, you can also get from foods such as chickpeas and garbanzo beans.

B12 is important for a healthy Nervous system and for formulation of DNA. Its helps to fight against anemia , which can cause fatigue and weakness. Animal products are best for this vitamin, clams, salmon, tuna are some of the best.

Folate is also a B vitamin and is especially important for pregnant women, it can help prevent birth defects and it helps promote new tissues and proteins.

Great Food Sources for Vitamin B
Great Food Sources for Vitamin B

Importance of Vitamin D

I know we all think hey , I get sun, well you may be surprised at the amount of people that are very low in vitamin d. Why is vitamin D important? Well Vitamin D is important for the regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption, maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, and is suggested to supply a protective effect against multiple diseases and conditions such as cancer, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis. Vitamin D are body makes automatically when are body is exposed to sun, but you can also get from cod liver oil, and sword fish , which are 2 of the best for Vitamin D.

Believe it or not most of us do not get enough of this in our diet or from the sun so, that being said you may want to get your level checked by your Dr, and/or make sure your supplement has some extra vitamin D.

Great Food Sources for Vitamin D
Great Food Sources for Vitamin D

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Lets Talk A Vitamin

Vitamin A is a group of unsaturated nutritional organic compounds that includes retinol, retinal, retinoic acid, and several provitamin A carotenoids.

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is good for healthy vision, skin, bones and other tissues in the body. Vitamin A often works as an antioxidant, fighting cell damage, but it also has many other uses. Great sources are milk, eggs, cheese and some fruits and vegtables.

Great Food Sources for Vitamin A
Great Food Sources for Vitamin A

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an important antioxidant and is important in several key bodily functions , like protein metabolism. One of the best foods to get this from is the sweet Red pepper. So eat your peppers!

Great Food Sources for Vitamin C
Great Food Sources for Vitamin C

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an important antioxidant it protects cells from harmful molecules known as free radicals. As a result, immunity is boosted when vitamin E is consumed and protection against various toxins is fortified. Helps support healthy blood vessels and clotting. Adequate intake is essential for functional and structural maintenance of cardiac, skeletal and smooth muscle. Vitamin E is also helpful in the formation of red blood cells and assists in maintaining stores of vitamin A, K, selenium and iron.

Great Food Sources for Vitamin E
Great Food Sources for Vitamin E

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is fat-soluble vitamins the human body requires for complete synthesis of certain proteins that are prerequisites for coagulation and blood clotting. Low levels of vitamin K can raise the risk of uncontrolled bleeding. While vitamin K deficiencies are rare in adults, they are very common in newborn infants.

Vitamin K is found the most in green leafy vegetables, because it is directly involved in photosynthesis.

Great Food Sources for Vitamin K
Great Food Sources for Vitamin K

Vitamins from Food Versus Supplements

The reality is we really don't have the proper diet habits to get all of the nutrients we need from our food, most of us do not eat nearly enough of the foods we should and eat way to much of the things we shouldn't. I myself have spent years worrying about my diet, my weight and what foods I should and shouldn't be eating. The only way to keep your self in check is to keep a food diary and keep track of what you eat and also keep track of your weight. This is important to see what causes you to gain, or lose, and of course I believe in supplementing my diet with a great multivitamin and I find that the Life's Abundance vitamins are top of the line for quality and price.

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