The ABCs of Vitamins

Vitamins are a crucial part of a healthy diet! They help the body function, regulate metabolism, and process your food into energy. Without a steady supply of vitamins our bodies cannot grow, develop, or maintain properly.

Symptoms like low energy, skin ailments, and indigestion can all be a result of not having enough vitamins in your diet. The best source of vitamins is always found in fresh foods, but the next best alternative is whole-food vitamins. Here at Vitality, Dr. Derenzo utilizes vitamins made from food grown on primarily-organic farms to ensure you're getting the highest quality vitamins possible.

Want to make sure you're getting all the vitamins your body needs? Schedule a nutritional consult today! During the consult you'll find out where you're deficient and ways to make a change. 

Here are just a few of the roles vitamins play in keeping you healthy and strong:

Vitamin A

Function

  • Prevents night blindness and other eye problems
  • Enhances immunity
  • May help prevent cancer

Sources

  • Eggs
  • Fish liver oils
  • Green leafy vegetables, and yellow fruits and vegetables

Vitamin B Complex (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12)

Function

  • Maintains health of nerves, skin, eyes, liver, and mouth
  • Aids in proper brain function

Sources

  • Varies between each type of vitamin B, but many are found in eggs, fish and whole grains

Vitamin C

Function

  • Needed for tissue growth and repair, adrenal glad function and healthy gums
  • May help prevent cancer
  • Enhances immunity

Sources

  • Berries
  • Citrus fruits
  • Broccoli, red peppers, tomatoes, and brussels sprouts

Vitamin D

Function

  • Needed for the absorption and use of calcium and phosphorus by intestinal tract, key for bones
  • Aids in normal development of bones and teeth in children
  • Protects against muscle weakness

Sources

  • Fish liver oils
  • Fatty saltwater fish
  • Dairy products (low-fat preferred)
  • Eggs
  • Sun exposure, but use protection against skin cancer

Vitamin E

Function

  • Promotes healthy skin and hair
  • Protects against radical cell damage
  • May help prevent certain diseases

Sources

  • Cold-pressed vegetable oils
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Legumes, nuts and seeds

Vitamin K

Function

  • Necessary for blood clotting
  • Aids in bone formation and repair

Sources

  • Found in some foods, such as spinach, but the majority is produced naturally in your body

Folic Acid

Function

  • Needed for energy production and red blood cell formation
  • Important for healthy cell division
  • Important for women who may become pregnant

Sources

  • Broccoli, spinach and romaine lettuce
  • Beef
  • Cheese
  • Oranges and orange juice
  • Liver
  • Whole grains and fortified cereals

Do you think you're getting enough of these vitamins in your daily diet? Contact us today at (906) 523-7442 to schedule a nutritional consult with Dr. Derenzo and find out!