If you want to maintain a healthy body, (and who doesn't), you need to make sure you're getting enough of them everyday! I'm talking of course about...vitamins! You've learned about them since your high school biology classes and, now that you're all grown up, I hope you're doing your part to make sure that body of yours is getting enough of the vitamins it needs. Hey, you sure can't fault a lot of Americans for trying. I mean, did you know that we spend about $29 billion a year on vitamins and supplements? Boy, that's a lot of money! But here're a few facts you should know about those vitamins your body needs.
The human body requires 13 different vitamins everyday.
The human body requires 13 different vitamins everyday and they are: Vitamins A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins which include, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, B6, B12 and folate. (Boy, I feel like I'm back in my own high school biology class rattling all of those off! LOL.) Each vitamin has a specific role to play in the function of your body and good health. For instance, Vitamin A is essential for healthy eyes and skin and also helps fight infections. Some of the other vitamins are necessary for healthy bones, normal blood flow and even new cell creation.
Vitamins are classified into two groups. The first are fat-soluble and include vitamins A, D, E and K. These vitamins remain longer in the body to get their job done. The other category is water-soluble which include vitamins B & C. These vitamins exit the body quickly but stick around long enough to get their jobs done. The one exception is vitamin B12 which actually stores itself in the liver.
Now I want you to remember that vitamins are vital for your body's normal growth and development. The body doesn't produce enough vitamins on its own and that's why it's so important to eat a healthy diet each day. And yes, taking supplements can help ensure you're getting enough of the vitamins your body needs. Just remember, there's an upside and a downside. Taking too much of some vitamins and minerals can make you sick and not getting enough can lead to vitamin deficiencies that can also cause you too get sick. So aim to strike the proper balance and talk to your doctor about how many supplements you should be taking.
The supplement industry is huge.
Like with vitamins, the supplement industry is a huge one and I'm sure you've noticed that with the number of advertisements for this supplement or that one on TV, in magazines or even on the Internet. Those companies are making it easier and even tastier for you to get your vitamins and minerals. It all began with Flintstones Chewables years ago and now they even have GUMMY vitamins you can take or give your kids. If you do buy those kinds of vitamins for your children, please keep them out of the reach of little hands. They're not candy!
And remember Mother's Nature's way to get all of the vitamins and minerals you need. That is by making sure you're eating a healthy diet, that includes a mix from all six of the major food groups. SEE? It's not so hard t get your vitamin C or any of the other good-for-your-body vitamins you need everyday!