Common Vitamins and How They Help your Health

February 20, 2020

Have you ever seen a vitamin on a nutrition facts label and wondered what the health benefits of it were? In this blog post we will take a look at three of the more common vitamins and talk about how they help your health.

Vitamin A

This vitamin helps support healthy eyes. It also plays a role in keeping your heart, lungs, and kidneys working well. You can get a lot of vitamin A from fish like salmon, vegetables like broccoli and carrots, and fruit such as cantaloupe and mangos.

Vitamin D

This vitamin helps support your body’s bone and muscle development. It also helps your body fight off germs that can make you sick. Some vitamin D-rich foods are tuna fish, cheese, egg yolks and many forms of milk including soy, almond, oat milk and milk from cows.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps your body recover when you hurt yourself and just like vitamin D, it can help keep you from getting sick. Most vitamin C-rich foods are citrus-based - like oranges and grapefruits. Broccoli, strawberries, tomatoes and especially sweet potatoes are also good sources of vitamin C. Did you know that one serving of sweet potato has 90% of your daily requirement?

One important thing to know is that microwaving or storing fruits or vegetables for a long time can actually lower the number of vitamins in your food. So if you want to get the most nutrition you can out of a fruit or vegetable you’re eating, try eating it raw if possible! However,  please keep in mind that this rule does not apply to meat.

If you are interested in learning more about vitamins, take a look at the National Institute of Health’s website.