You have probably heard controversial statements about the necessary or even unnecessary intake of vitamins. Is there ever really even a shortage? Or why do we need more vitamins now than in the past? After all, we eat enough foods with rich vitamins! The answer is very clear... Yes – we still need them more than ever!
If you do not take vitamins or similar nutrients, you may experience:
Shortness of breath
Pale or yellowish skin
Numbness or tingling in your hands and feet
Mental confusion or forgetfulness
What are vitamins and what effect do they have?
Vitamins are “life substances”, which makes it abundantly clear that we cannot survive without them.
Vitamins cannot be produced by the body itself, we have to rely directly on the intake from food or supplements!
Here is an overview of the main vitamins:
Contained in carrots, potatoes, milk, eggs and liver.
Important for vision, bone growth, skin and mucosal protection, production of immune system antibodies.
Vitamin B complex (B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12):
Typically found in animal products (mainly applies especially to B12), but also in nuts, lentils and yeast.
Our nerves only work properly with vitamin B, it promotes detoxification and is essential for blood and hormone production.
Contained primarily in citrus fruits, green vegetables and salads. Arguably the most powerful detoxifying agent for liver and kidney, enormously important for strengthening the immune system, protects endogenous substances against damage and “aging” (antioxidant effect) Adam Kemp Fitness explains that vitamin C can help to soothe tired and overworked muscles as well as repair tissues all over the body!
About 90% of the demand is formed from UV radiation in the skin, and only 10% comes from food (fish, eggs, liver and cheese). Who does not remember cod liver oil in the winter time …
D3 is important for bone formation, activation of the immune system, muscles and brain.
Particularly found in sunflower seeds, wheat germ, safflower oil and potatoes.
Prevents the formation of thrombi (blood clots), protects blood, nerve, and muscle cells (= antioxidant), necessary for preserving fertility
There is a vitamin K from plant (spinach, cabbage, broccoli, green tea) sources and one derived from animal (liver) sources. Our intestine bacteria can synthesize a large part of one´s daily needs.
K1 is primarily responsible for blood clotting; a deficiency leads to an increased tendency to bleeding. K2 is important for bone metabolism.
Do we really need additional vitamins, even if we eat well, because the need for “antioxidants” for “detoxification” has increased? Again, Yes! Although do not over take your vitamins. More is not always better.