Importance of Vitamins

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2017-12-14 21:13:58

Importance of VitaminsA vitamin is an organic chemical compound which provides a certain amount of nutrient which organisms need. For humans, there are thirteen essential vitamins that our body requires: 4 fat-soluble (A, D, E, and K) and 9 water-soluble (8 B Vitamins and Vitamin C). Without them, our body could not optimize its functioning.

So if we lack in any of the vitamins, or if we do not eat enough food which contains the following essential nutrients, we should supplement them with vitamins available in Buckley’s Drug Store & Compounding Center.

Vitamin A. This vitamin is necessary for healthy vision, skin, and mucous membranes. Vitamin A also helps in bone and tooth growth, as well as in the proper functioning of the immune system. We can get Vitamin A from colorful vegetables like carrots, broccoli, spinach, and sweet potatoes. Egg yolk, dark-colored fruits, dark leafy vegetables, liver, fish, and fortified milk are also good sources of this vitamin.

Vitamin D. The primary purpose of Vitamin D is to help the body absorb calcium. When our body is exposed to sunlight, it can easily synthesize Vitamin D. But this vitamin can also be found in fortified cereals, fish liver oils, fortified milk, and other dairy products.

Vitamin E. This vitamin is also known as tocopherol, which is an antioxidant. Vitamin E is essential in the formation of red blood cells and the processing of Vitamin K. Foods rich in this vitamin are plant oils like soybean, corn and safflower, leafy green vegetables, whole grain products, and nuts.

Vitamin K. Vitamin K is responsible for making the blood coagulate or stick together. Sources of this fat-soluble vitamin include cabbage, cereals, cauliflower, fish, liver, and beef.

B Vitamins. Thiamine (Vitamin B1), riboflavin (Vitamin B2), niacin (Vitamin B3), pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) and cobalamin (Vitamin B12) are the B Vitamins which are necessary for energy metabolism, protein metabolism, nerve function, and making new cells.

Sources of these vitamins include:

- pork

- whole-grain or enriched bread and cereals

- legumes

- nuts and seeds

- leafy green vegetables

- milk and milk products

- seafood

Vitamin C. This particular vitamin, which is also known as ascorbic acid, is an antioxidant which is responsible for maintaining immune system functioning and in aiding iron absorption. Ascorbic acid is found only in fruits and vegetables like strawberries, kiwifruit, lettuce, papaya, citrus fruits, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, cantaloupe, and the cabbage family.

Are you worried that you might not be getting enough of these?

If we cannot consume enough of these foods to supply the nutrients we need every day, we can always get multivitamins, supplements, or other forms of vitamins in a Compounding Pharmacy in Englewood NJ.

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