Vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C … what’s the difference? You know that these essential vitamins are important for your wellness and should be incorporated into your daily diet whenever possible, but do you know what they do and where to find them?
If you’re looking to focus on your wellness this year, the foundational vitamins are like the building blocks of feeling your best. Learn more about each of the letter vitamins and why they’re a must-have in your routine.
Vitamin A plays several important roles, but it’s best known for supporting healthy vision. It also helps support immune and reproductive health, supports cell growth, and provides antioxidant properties. Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin, which means it’s stored by the body.
Where to find it: Fish, eggs, dairy, leafy green vegetables
There are eight B-vitamins to know: B1 (thiamin); B2 (riboflavin); B3 (niacin); B5 (pantothenic acid); B6 (pyridoxine); B7 (biotin); B9 (folate or folic acid); B12 (cobalamin). The B-vitamins are water soluble, which means your body can’t store them and you must get them via your diet.
Each B-vitamin plays a different role. Vitamin B1 supports energy and nerve function; B2 supports energy; B3 is best known to support skin health; B5 helps metabolize carbohydrates and fats; B6 helps create red blood cells; B7 supports energy metabolism; B9 supports red blood cells and is important in fetal development; B12 supports nerve health and energy.
Where to find them: Leafy greens, fish, meat, eggs, fortified foods
You probably reach for the vitamin C when you’re feeling sick, and that’s a great idea. Vitamin C is best known for supporting the immune system, but it also helps your skin create and support collagen, and protects against free radicals.
Where to find it: Citrus fruits, red peppers, leafy greens, cruciferous veggies
It’s the sunshine vitamin! Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that helps your body utilize calcium, therefore supporting healthy bones. It also supports your immune system.
Where to find it: The sun itself is a great source of vitamin D, but if you live in a colder, darker region of the world, you may require supplementation.
Vitamin E acts primarily as an antioxidant in the body, helping defend against free radicals and environmental stressors. It also supports vision, reproductive health, and skin health.
Where to find it: Vitamin E is most commonly found in plant-based oils, as well as nuts, fortified foods, meat, and leafy greens.
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