Dr. Nikola Djordjevic
Just which vitamins exactly do you need on a daily basis? And how much? Are there certain vitamins you don’t need – and are any of them unsafe?
Our bodies are complex constructs composed of thousands of different muscles, tendons, blood vessels, organs, and other features. To keep our body healthy and operating at peak performance, we must ingest food and water, and maintain a balanced diet. We must give it the nutrients and minerals it requires to perform vital tasks and to keep our organs working.
One of the most important groups of micronutrients we must ingest are vitamins. Vitamins are organic compounds and essential molecules that our body cannot make naturally, and therefore must ingest either through nutritious foods, or artificial supplement. It’s highly recommended to obtain vitamins naturally by maintaining a balanced diet.
Why Are Vitamins Essential for Our Health and Well-Being?
As mentioned above, our bodies require vitamins, and we cannot make them naturally through our bodily processes. Each type of vitamin provides a different benefit. Some of the main benefits they provide are listed below:
- Help prevent diseases and infection
- Help reduce cholesterol and excess fat
- Help reduce the risk of heart problems
- Improve bodily mechanisms and functions
- Help with healing
- Boost our metabolism and blood circulation
- Boost our nervous systems
- Strengthen bones, muscles and joints
As you can see, the benefits are numerous, and indeed vitamins do help our body perform some basic functions. Without a healthy and balanced dose of vitamins, our bodies would become deficient in them which can cause a number of problems.
Which Vitamins Are Beneficial and How Can You Get Them?
You can typically get vitamins either via supplements or naturally by eating various vitamin-rich foods. If you eat a balanced diet, you should be able to ingest a strong variety of vitamins naturally.
To ensure that you’re eating sufficient amounts of each type of vitamin, however, we have provided a breakdown of some of the common foods types associated with each vitamin group.
- Vitamin A – liver, carrot, broccoli, cod liver oil, milk, eggs, fish
- B Vitamins – fish, eggs, spinach, lentils, bananas, sunflower seeds, mushrooms
- Vitamin C – peppers, cabbage, kale, oranges, guava, mango, papaya, strawberries
- Vitamin D – fish, cheese, egg, mushrooms and naturally through sunlight
- Vitamin E – almonds, spinach, avocado, peanuts, sunflower seeds, wheat germ oil
- Vitamin K – kale, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and other greens
We hope our little list provides a little bit of information about starting a healthier diet, but for more, check out our infographic here at https://medalerthelp.org/the-world-of-vitamins-infographic/ which provides a lot more details including the deficiency signs of each vitamin.