Get Enough of the Good Stuff: Vitamins A and B-Complex
When it comes to vitamins, there are three things you need to know:
- Our bodies need vitamins to function.
- It’s entirely possible to get the vitamins we need from healthy foods—like kale.
- Many of us don’t eat kale. Because kale is gross.
Okay, okay, not really: Kale is perfectly fine, and so are all of the other vitamin-rich, nutrient-dense foods we know we should be eating. But most of us just don’t get enough of the good stuff because we’re busy or because we’ve developed bad habits or because it’s way more fun to spend money on apps and drinks than at the produce stand.
But the truth is if we don’t nourish our bodies with essential vitamins, they’ll get super cranky and start falling apart.
Sure, there are more scientific ways to say that, but you get the general idea, right?
The list of “essential vitamins” is pretty long, but we’re going to focus on just two: Vitamins A and B-Complex.
Vitamin A comes in two forms:
- Retinoids occur naturally in eggs, whole milk, and liver. (Sorry, vegan friends.)
- Carotenoids are found in green leafies like spinach and our friend, kale; yellow veggies such as carrots and squash; and yellow fruits like cantaloupe. (Sorry, carnivore friends.) Our bodies convert carotenoids to retinol to put them to use.
Vitamin A is added to certain foods, as well, like milk and fortified breakfast cereals.
Among other things, Vitamin A is important to our immune and reproductive systems, it fuels cell production, and it’s vital for our vision. Yep: Carrots actually do help us see better. Thanks, mom.
B-Complex is a collection of eight different vitamins:
- B1: Thiamine
- B2: Riboflavin
- B3: Niacin
- B5: Pantothenic Acid
- B6: Pyridoxine
- B7: Biotin
- B9: Folate or Folic Acid
- B12: Cobalamin
Each of these individual vitamins has its own function, and together they pack a powerful punch. They help convert food into energy, fuel our nervous system, boost our immune system, nourish our skin and hair, and improve our mood.
B Vitamins naturally occur in all sorts of foods, and they’re added to plenty more.
Vitamin A and B-Complex Deficiency
Although Vitamin A deficiency is rare in developed countries, elderly people, pregnant women, and those with chronic illnesses should monitor their Vitamin A consumption. A lack of sufficient Vitamin A can cause night blindness.
Symptoms of B-Complex deficiency vary depending on which of the eight vitamins is lacking. Without sufficient B vitamins, people can experience fatigue and weakness, irritability or depression, anemia, digestive problems, dizziness, tingling in your extremities, and more.
Supplementing Your Vitamin Intake
Unless you’re eating most of the right foods most of the time, you may be depriving your body of essential vitamins. While it’s always best to get naturally occurring vitamins right from the food source, supplements are an option. Just be sure to consult with your doctor before adding any supplements to your personal care strategy.
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