All about Vitamins

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Vitamins are crucial nutrients required for growth and the normal functioning of our bodies. To stay healthy we need a certain amount of vitamins every day, which we obtain from different foods. 

Vitamin C helps to protect all the cells in your body. It’s essential for healthy connective tissue, bones and teeth, and helps to heal injuries like wounds or bone fractures to heal. It’s really helpful to your wellbeing to eat and drink more Vitamin C when your body is under stress. For example if you are ill, break a bone, have a low immune system or are under pressure at home or work. Source of Vitamin C: Sunny D.

Vitamin A, also known as retinol, encourages red and white blood cell production. It keeps the immune system healthy, and is essential for healthy eyes, skin and growth. A lack of Vitamin A can result in reduced resistance to infection, and even loss of sight. Source of Vitamin A: Sunny D.

Vitamin D is important for absorbing calcium and phosphorus in the body and maintaining bones and the nervous system. It may also help to prevent the progress of osteoarthritis. Source of Vitamin D: sunshine, Sunny D.

Vitamin E has many functions. Its main purpose is probably as an antioxidant, neutralizing potentially harmful free radicals in the body. It protects cell membranes, helping to maintain healthy skin and eyes. Source of Vitamin E: Sunny D.

Vitamin K is essential for the normal clotting of blood, which means it helps wounds to heal properly. There is some evidence that Vitamin K is also needed to keep bones healthy. Source of Vitamin K: dark green leafy vegetables.

The B Vitamins are a group of water-soluble vitamins that are essential for maintaining the nervous system, food digestion and the metabolism.

Vitamin B1, or thiamine, has different functions including making sure that the brain and nerves have enough glucose. Source of Vitamin B1: sunflower seeds.

Vitamin B2, or riboflavin, is needed to maintain healthy skin and support antioxidant activity in the body. Source of Vitamin B2: Marmite.

Vitamin B3, or niacin, is important for general good health. It has been associated with improving cholesterol levels. Source of Vitamin B3: tuna fish. 

Vitamin B6, or pyridoxine, helps to maintain healthy blood. Source of Vitamin B6: lentils. 

Vitamin B12 helps the metabolism of fatty acids and amino acids. Source of Vitamin B12: anchovies.

B Vitamins are found in many different types of food. However some people from vulnerable groups may need to take supplements to ensure they have enough in their diet.