Ladies, we all know vitamins and minerals are essential to our health and development. But are you aware of exactly WHICH nutrients we should be taking daily? While everyone’s condition is different, and you should consult with a licensed physician before taking any supplement, here are some unquestionably important vitamins that keep us thriving in our everyday lives:
This is an antioxidant. It plays a crucial part in both building and strengthening our bones, teeth, soft tissue, mucous membranes, and skin. Vitamin A can prevent chronic illness, improve vision, slow down the aging process, and fortify the immune system. Women with cystic fibrosis, Crohn’s disease, and liver diseases may especially benefit from this antioxidant (standardmedia). In addition to foods such as carrots, apricots, kale, spinach, and pumpkin, Vitamin A can be taken in supplement form.
Six Key B’s
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)
Vitamin B1 helps the body metabolize fats and produce energy (healthline).
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Vitamin B2 helps the body absorb other nutrients and maintain tissue. Our bodies store only small amounts of this nutrient and supplies go down quickly, making it important to take Vitamin B2 daily. Deficiencies in this vitamin may include a variety of symptoms including a sore throat, cracks on the lips, and wrinkly, itchy skin (standardmedia).
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Vitamin B3 has the ability to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and regulate high cholesterol, and contributes to a healthy digestive and nervous system (healthline, livescience).
- Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin that assists our bodies in producing hormones and brain chemicals, which then helps reduce depression and regulate blood sugar levels. While a deficiency in Vitamin B6 can cause anemia, it is highly useful for pregnant women to get rid of their morning sickness (standardmedia). PREGNANT WOMEN, TAKE NOTE!
- Vitamin B7 (Biotin)
Another water-soluble vitamin, B7 helps the body metabolize proteins and process glucose. Vitamin B7 is needed for bone growth and bone marrow, while it also aids in the maintenance of normal cholesterol levels (standardmedia).
- Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)
Popular among dietary supplements, this vitamin works to support the healthy production of red blood cells and nerve cells (healthline).
Vitamin C plays a major role in growth and repair of our body’s tissue (healthline).
Vitamin D assists in calcium absorption and “allows for healthy bones and optimal immune function” (healthline).
Vitamin E helps to protect against free radicals and, similar to other vitamins, can boost the immune system (healthline).
Last but not least, Vitamin K has the power to help blood to clot and inhibit excessive bleeding. It is also important to maintaining a healthy heart and keeps our bones strong (healthline).