While the body makes some vitamins, most of the vitamins our bodies need
come from the food we eat. In 1912, the first essential vitamin,
vitamin A, was discovered and named. Since then, 12 other vitamins
that are necessary for the body to remain healthy and fight disease have
joined the ranks.
Vitamin A. This vitamin is essential to vision and
is also necessary for normal cell division and growth, for the growth of
bones and teeth, and for the health of the skin. Vitamin A can be
found in fish, liver, egg yolks, and dairy products, as well as in orange
and yellow fruits and vegetables.
Vitamin D. This vitamin helps build strong bones and
teeth, and it is necessary for calcium absorption. It can be found
in milk and butter, egg yolks, fatty fish, and fish-liver oils.
Vitamin E. This vitamin maintains muscles and red
blood cells, and it is an important antioxidant. It can be found
in eggs, vegetable oil, margarine, and mayonnaise, as well as in nuts
and seeds, fortified cereals, and green leafy vegetables.
Vitamin K. This vitamin is essential for blood
clotting. It can be found in spinach, cabbage, and green leafy
vegetables, and also in pork, liver, and green tea.
Biotin. This vitamin is important for energy
metabolism. It can be found in egg yolks, soybeans, cereals,
Folate. This vitamin is needed to make DNA, RNA,
and red blood cells, and also to synthesize certain amino acids.
It can be found in liver, yeast, cruciferous vegetables, and avocados,
as well as in legumes and raw vegetables.
Niacin (Vitamin B3). This vitamin promotes natural
growth and is needed to metabolize energy. It can be found in lean
meats, poultry, seafood, milk, eggs, legumes, and also in fortified
cereals and breads.
Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5). This vitamin is
important in normalizing blood sugar levels. It can be found in
almost all foods.
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2). This vitamin is essential
for energy metabolism, and it aids adrenal function. It can be
found in fortified cereals and grains, lean meat and poultry, as well
as in dairy products and raw mushrooms.
Thiamine (Vitamin B1). This vitamin promotes protein
and carbohydrate metabolism, and aids digestion as well. It can be
found in pork, legumes, nuts and seeds, fortified cereals, and grains.
Vitamin B6. This vitamin promotes carbohydrate and
protein metabolism; it also helps nerve function and synthesis of
red blood cells. It can be found in meat, poultry, ans soybeans,
as well as grains and cereals, green leafy vegetables, and potatoes.
Vitamin B12. This important vitamin is needed to make
red blood cells, DNA, RNA, and myelin. It is found in most foods.
Vitamin C. This vitamin strengthens blood vessel
walls, promotes healing, promotes iron absorption, and helps control
blood cholesterol. It can be found in citrus fruits and juices,
melons, berries, peppers, broccoli, and potatoes, as well as in many
other fruits and vegetables.
A Woman Swallows a Vitamin Pill with a Glass of Water
You can learn more about the nutritional value of vitamins by visiting this
Vitamins and Minerals resource, published by the United States Department of Agriculture.
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