Don’t we all vaguely remember our science textbooks trying to teach us the importance of vitamins? We probably wrapped our heads around it in school, but while flipping through new books and moving up the education ladder, we seem to have forgotten all about it. Picking the burger over a bowl of greens and leading an unhealthy life over the years has left our bodies lacking some of the most vital vitamins. And to fix that, it is essential to understand what are vitamins, benefits of vitamins, and why we need all 13 of them!
Different Types of Vitamins And Their Benefits
Let us look at these vitamins individually in greater detail.
- Vitamin A
A fat-soluble vitamin that you mustn’t ignore if you want eyes like a hawk. Eat plenty of kale, spinach, sweet potatoes, carrots, collard greens, cheese, and pumpkin to avoid night blindness at all costs.
- Vitamin B1
Love pork, cereals, sunflower seeds, brown rice, asparagus, cauliflower, or kale? Great, now you need not worry about a B1 deficiency. This water-soluble vitamin is needed to produce various enzymes that help breakdown blood sugar.
- Vitamin B2
To ensure the proper growth and development of body cells, Vitamin B2 is essential. A lack of this may cause inflammation of the lips and fissures inside your mouth. Asparagus, bananas, persimmons, okra, chard, cottage cheese, milk, yogurt, meat, eggs, fish, and green beans – make one of these your favourite and you’re good to go.
- Vitamin B3
Chicken, beef, milk, eggs, tomatoes, leafy vegetables, broccoli, carrots, nuts and seeds, tofu, and lentils are rich sources of Vitamin B3. If you’re a vegetarian or dislike these vegetables, try Daily Greens to help your cells grow and work correctly. A deficiency of this can lead to a condition called pellagra that causes diarrhea and skin changes.
- Vitamin B5
15 cups of broccoli or one Daily Greens tab? Pick one to keep you energized. You can also munch on avocados, nuts, or yogurt if you hate getting ‘pins and needles’. Read our article, 'Here's Why You Need Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)' to know more about this micronutrient!
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B7
Biotin as we prefer to call it, this vitamin keeps our nails, skin and hair healthy. Eat egg yolk, cheese, liver, or spinach in good quantities to avoid dermatitis or inflammation of the intestines. You can read more about this vitamin in our article, 'The Importance of Biotin For Healthy Hair'.
- Vitamin B9
Your body needs Vitamin B9 or folic acid to make your DNA and RNA. Taking folic acid supplements before and during pregnancy keeps the fetus’s nervous system healthy. Leafy veggies, legumes and peas are good sources of this vitamin.
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
“This looks like a vitamin deficiency to me!” – never have your doctors tell you this again.
Now that you know the importance of these nutrients, include these vitamin-rich foods in your diet.
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