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How Vitamins Play a Role in Health

When it comes to promoting better health and wellness, the vitamins found in natural foods play a key role. Vitamins can help in many ways from boosting immune function, improving eye and skin health, and even preventing cancer. Let’s take a look how a few common vitamins affect the body.

 

  • Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a role in the development and function of the immune system, eyes, skin, and other parts of the body. It may be used to help prevent and treatvitamins_role_health vitamin A deficiency, as well as malaria, diarrhea, acne, kidney stones, and many other health-related issues. Vitamin A is commonly found in whole milk, meat, eggs, fruits, and vegetables.
  • Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin required for healthy red blood cell formation and neurological function. The recommended amount can be ingested with a serving of fish, poultry, dairy products, and meat, with the best source of B12 coming from clams and beef liver. The standard recommended daily amount for healthy adults is 2.4 mcg (micrograms).
  • Vitamin C plays a role in preventing cancer, cardiovascular disease, and boosting immune health. It’s most commonly found in citrus fruits, broccoli, and tomatoes and NIH.gov recommends that adult men consume 90 mg per day, while adult women should strive to consume 75 mg per day. Someone not receiving the daily recommended amount may develop scurvy which can cause fatigue, joint pain, spots on the skin, depression, and loss of teeth.
  • Vitamin D is not naturally found in foods as commonly as many other nutrients. Because of this, many foods are fortified to include more vitamin D. To get to the recommended daily amount of 15 mcg for healthy adults, the best source is fatty fish such as salmon. Other foods like mushrooms and fortified milk provide a lesser amount of vitamin D. The body also produces vitamin D when the skin is exposed to the sun. Studies show that vitamin D may help prevent colon cancer and bone disorders.
  • Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that acts as an antioxidant in the body to protect cells from damage, as well as boosting immune system function. The best sources of vitamin E are vegetable oils. Studies show that consuming the recommended daily amount of vitamin E (15 mg for adults) can help reduce the risk of heart disease, eye disorders, and cancer while boosting mental function.
  • Vitamin K is essential for healthy bones, blood clotting, and other bodily functions. It’s most commonly found in a wide variety of foods including spinach, broccoli, meat, cheese, and vegetable oils. Research shows that consuming the daily recommended amount of vitamin K can help prevent heart disease and osteoporosis.

Vitamins found in wholesome, natural foods play a key role in health and wellness. Also, supplementing with a product from InterHealth can help promote positive nutrition as well as boost immune function and metabolism. Head over to the InterHealth website or call 1-800-783-4636 to learn more about the products we offer as well as amazing benefits to promoting a healthy life for your clients.

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