October 08, 2019 3 min read

How Do Vitamins Work?

Did you know your body needs 13 different vitamins to survive and be healthy? Typically your body would get those vitamins through the foods you eat, but our American diet and lifestyle typically leave the body lacking the vitamins it needs. Your body cannot create vitamins on its own so it's depending on you to fill in the gaps.

There's so much noise in the wellness industry right now, it can be hard knowing who/what to trust. We all know that vitamins are important, but how do we decide which ones are best for us? Keep reading as we dive into the benefits of major vitamins, discuss dangers of vitamin deficiencies and detail which of the vitamin-packed super-foods should be a part of your diet!

Vitamin A: plays a huge role in your vision, especially being able to see in the dark! Your skin will thank you too as Vitamin A keeps the skin's mucous membrane cells healthy. It's also shown to fight cancer by slowing down the production of DNA in cancerous cells. Vitamin A deficiencies lead to blindness, rough skin, and low immunity. You can find these vitamins in animal and plant foods - look for yellow and orange fruits and vegetables.

Vitamin B1: helps the body to convert food into energy, and could also help with mental impairment found in patients with Alzheimer's disease. This vitamin is necessary for maintaining normal function of the nervous system. Vitamin B deficiency leads to a debilitating and potentially fatal disease called "beriberi" which leads to numbness, muscle weakness, loss of appetite, and nervous system disorders. You can find Vitamin B1 in breads, cereals, pork, oysters, green peas, and lima beans.

Vitamin B2: provides the body with energy through metabolization of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. It may be able to reduce the number of migraine headaches and could even help to prevent cataracts! Vitamin B2 deficiency results in hypersensitivity to light, greasy/scaly/dry skin, and even the development of cataracts. You can find Vitamin B2 in dairy products, some meats, leafy green vegetables, and "enriched" breads and cereals. 

Vitamin C: vital to the production of collagen, protects fatty acids from oxidation and can help treat iron-deficiency anemia. A deficiency in Vitamin C leads to the disease Scurvy, which causes bleeding/inflamed gums, loose teeth, and easy bruising/poor wound healing. You can find Vitamin C naturally in citrus fruits, tomatoes, green peppers, and potatoes. 

Vitamin K: assists in blood clotting, binds calcium for stronger bones, and could even help prevent osteoporosis. Vitamin K deficiencies can occur when a person has liver or gall bladder disease because these diseases interfere with the absorption of fats. Long-term antibiotic high-blood pressure cholesterol medication can lead to Vitamin K deficiencies as well. You can find Vitamin K in green leafy vegetables, beef, chicken, pork liver, and green tea.

Biotin: metabolizes fats and carbs, breaks down proteins to urea, and converts amino acids to be used for energy! Biotin strengthens fingernails and helps control blood sugar levels in diabetics. Biotin deficiencies result in red rashes on the skin, insomnia, depression, and even brittle hair! You can find biotin in seafood, whole grains, dairy products, sunflower seeds, and green peas!

Folate: helps to create healthy fetuses in pregnant women, prevent cervical cancer, reduce osteoporosis, and even helps combat heart disease! Folate deficiencies have affected newborn brains, at times causing them to be born without a brain at all. You can find folate in asparagus, avocados, oranges, and romaine lettuce.

To ensure you're getting the correct daily dose of vitamins you can supplement with our tasty Adult Multivitamin Gummies featuring Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E!

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