Vitamins Versus Food ~ You Decide

Do you really know what is in those vitamin bottles? We all take vitamin supplements because either our doctors tell us to or we self subscribe, maybe we are forgetful so we take ginkgo biloba, or we don’t have enough vitamin D or we want to strengthen our nails so we take biotin. There is another alternative, try eating natural fresh fruits and vegetables. Here are some ABC’s for healthy choices to get in your daily vitamins naturally.

Vitamin A ~ Very important for vision, immune and reproduction system function as well as support for heart, lungs and kidney. Try sweet potatoes. 

Vitamin B ~ Vitamin B12 is a supplement taken to support red blood cell formation and neurological function.  Good sources are eggs, salmon and trout.

Vitamin C ~ Acts as an antioxidant in the body and helps with the absorption of iron. Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes. Other choices are red and green peppers, kiwi’s and tomatoes.

Vitamin D ~  Sun exposure as well as salmon and Trout are your best bets for vitamin D.

Vitamin E ~ Acts as an antioxidant in the body to support the immune system in fighting off bacteria and viruses. Raw or dry roasted almonds, peanuts and hazelnuts are good choices.

Biotin ~ Want stronger nails and hair, try more peanuts, almonds and sweet potatoes.

Calcium ~ Believe it or not, Kale is a great source of calcium as is parsley, cucumber, yogurt and broccoli.

Iron ~ Your best source for your daily requirement of iron is spinach

Magnesium ~ Important for regulating blood sugar and blood pressure levels as well as maintaining nerve function. Good sources are raw or dry roasted cashews, 

Potassium ~potassium is an electrolyte, meaning that it helps to conduct electrical charges in the body. Green leafy vegetables such as swiss chard, spinach and brussels sprouts are a good source as are beets and tomatoes.