HEALTHY LIV­ING Know your vi­ta­mins

Sunday Trust - - BEAUTY -

We of­ten hear that vi­ta­mins are es­sen­tial for our over­all health. And it’s true. With­out vi­ta­mins, there’s no way our bod­ies will be able to func­tion prop­erly. But funny enough, most of us don’t even know all the vi­ta­mins, let alone their func­tions. Ac­cord­ing to Dr. Fa­tima Kaigama of Bakura Clinic, Kado, Abuja, ev­ery vi­ta­min has its spe­cific func­tion to­wards build­ing and pro­tect­ing your body. That’s why it’s very im­por­tant to eat a well bal­anced diet so that your body gets a good dose of all the vi­ta­mins it needs. This week, we are walk­ing you through all the vi­ta­mins you ought to be fa­mil­iar with and their var­i­ous func­tions.

It plays a vi­tal role in pro­tect­ing and en­hanc­ing the func­tions of your eyes and skin, as well as a healthy growth of your bones and teeth. But that’s not all, it is also a very cru­cial vi­ta­min dur­ing preg­nancy. It also op­ti­mizes the use of your vi­tal or­gans, such as the heart and kid­neys. Dairy foods such as milk and yo­gurt and or­ange fruits like car­rots and pump­kins are all foods rich in vi­ta­min A. in­juries. Cit­rus fruits (or­anges and lemons), toma­toes and green veg­etable are all rich sources of Vi­ta­min C.

Vi­ta­min D: It serves as an anti-in­flam­ma­tory and aids cal­cium ab­sorp­tion, which pro­motes bone growth. Sun­rays are an ex­cel­lent source of Vi­ta­min D, so are fatty fish and oils. Just don’t go crazy with your oil con­sump­tion for your choles­terol lev­els.

It serves as an an­tiox­i­dant, col­la­gen pro­duc­tion and also fights can­cer cells. It also pro­motes blood cir­cu­la­tion to pre­vent clot­ting, which is a main culprit for strokes. Eggs, nuts, grains and oils such as olive and co­conut are rich in Vi­ta­min E and are very healthy fats.

Is known to be ex­cel­lent for blood and bones. It is the main rea­son why you are usu­ally told to take a malt drink when you are do­nat­ing blood or have a low blood count. Eat­ing leafy greens such as spinach, cab­bage, let­tuce and kale will give you a good sup­ply of Vi­ta­min K.

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