8 Vitamins and Supplements You Should Take Everyday for General Wellbeing

#8 Omega-3 Supplements

Omega-3 supplements are highly recommended, especially for adults over the age of 55, because they are effectively in quelling coronary heart disease.

Found in certain fish oils and plant sources, Omega-3 ranks as one of the most important essential nutrients we should be taking everyday whether in our food or from vitamins and supplements. Omega-3 is essential for heart health; it regulates and helps to normalize cholesterol triglyceride levels (which will help to prevent thrombosis and blood clots); and it has been shown to impact on brain health. Specifically, it helps promote learning ability and prevent behavioral problems in children – especially those who suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

#7 Vitamin B

Both Vitamin B6 and B12 are recognized as vital supplements for heart health. Vitamin B12, which is stored in the kidneys, liver and other body tissue, is also known as “the energy vitamin,” and it is thought to be important for bone health, although this factor is often overlooked. In addition to risking bone fractures if you are vitamin B12 deficient, low levels of this important vitamin also lead to muscle weakness and loss of memory. Since it is found in animal products – raw milk, free-range chickens and eggs, grass-fed beef, and wild-caught Alaskan salmon – it is especially important for vegetarians and vegans to take vitamin B supplements. Taking vitamin B 12 helps with digestion, food absorption, fat and carbohydrate metabolism and other important functions.

#6 Vitamin C

Regarded as the “grandfather” of established antioxidants, vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins that should be used for fighting illness, from common colds and influenza to infectious diseases. Centuries ago it was found to be successful in curing scurvy. Recent research has also shown it to be beneficial for patients with stage 3 or 4 cancer because it reduces side effects and in this way improves the quality of life. It also controls harmful toxins in our bodies. You can get quite a lot of vitamin C from food – especially “colorful” fruit and veg – and by eating and drinking citrus fruit. But if there is any doubt in terms of whether you are getting enough vitamin C, take a supplement that contains it.

#5 Vitamin E

A vital booster of the immune system, and a potent anti-oxidant, E is one of the vitamins that heals the body and fights cancer. It is also good for eye health and is thought to be helpful in fighting fatty liver diseases related to obesity and even Alzheimer’s. Vitamin E is found in some organic nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, pecans and walnuts) and in green leafy vegetables like broccoli and spinach (which also contains iron). To ensure you are getting sufficient vitamin E, it’s a good idea to take vitamins and supplements that contain it. Just be sure you take a natural vitamin product and not one that is synthetic.

#4 Zinc

The three essential minerals you should be taking everyday are calcium (which is vital for bone health), zinc, and magnesium (see #3). Apart from the fact that vitamin A (which is important for the immune system as well as for healthy vision and good cell growth) and vitamin D (#1) need both zinc and magnesium (#2) to work properly, zinc plays a more important role than any other mineral when it comes to enzymatic reactions. It helps to fight infection, increases the cells that are capable of combatting cancer, supports the healing of wounds, and releases antibodies into the system that help support the immune system. Zinc also helps diabetics regulate their insulin levels, improves memory, is useful for treating skin diseases. It is also good for eye health, and improves both mood and sleep.

#3 Magnesium

Like our #1 vitamin, D, magnesium has so many health benefits it should not be ignored. It is used by every single organ in the body – heart, kidneys, muscles, bones, eyes, everything … and can therefore help a multitude of health problems from sore joints to eye twitches. Magnesium is found in some nuts and seeds, as well as in beans, pumpkin, and green leafy vegetables. The most alarming factor is that recent research indicates as much as 80 percent of the US population doesn’t get enough magnesium, which is why it’s wise to supplement.

#2 Vitamin K2

One of the most underestimated vitamins, K2 works together with magnesium and vitamin D (#1), helping to move calcium to areas in your body where it is needed (your teeth and bones for instance) and also helps to remove calcium from soft tissue and your arteries, where it can be damaging. While vitamin K1 is found in green leafy vegetables, and is critical for stopping bleeding, vitamin K2 facilitates the transfer of calcium from the arteries to the bone in the body. This makes it vital for good heart health. It is found in certain bacteria that is, in turn, found in some fermented foods including natto, it is also found in some cheeses including Gouda, brie and edam. But to be sure you are getting vitamin K2 it’s best to take a supplement.

#1 Vitamin D

One of the most beneficial and yet least expensive supplements available, vitamin D has the ability to cut the rate of cancer dramatically. Some experts report that it could be as high as 50 percent successful. Vitamin D is also recognized as essential for good heart health and for bone health; and like vitamin C it is also a good protection against colds and flu. While you might get sufficient vitamin D from the sun, and from certain foods including fatty fish like tuna, mackerel, salmon and trout, Portobello mushrooms, egg yolks, liver and cod liver oil, a vitamin D supplement is usually a good idea for most people.

Source: Healthy panda 


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