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What Vitamins Should I Take Daily?

[fa icon="calendar"] Jun 6, 2017 8:07:10 AM / by Alex Olson

Alex Olson

"AGS' Health and Wellness Genetic testing will show YOU which vitamins you may need"


Vitamins are needed for a number of reasons and our bodies would not function without them. On a daily basis we eat foods with vitamins especially fruits and vegetables, but when we don’t eat enough of these foods, we miss essential nutrients. This is a problem because these nutrients can lower our risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer, to keep our immune system healthy, and other health conditions.

DNA testing for vitaminsAccording to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), adults should consume 1.5-2 cups of fruit and 2-3 cups of vegetables daily. Yet, in a recent CDC study, they found that 76% of adults don’t eat enough fruit and 87% of adults don’t eat enough veggies. An easy solution is to take a daily multivitamin. Right? Well, not so easy. Let’s be honest - does anyone truly stay on top of taking daily vitamins? Does anyone actually worry if the right vitamins are in their diet? Probably not. There are a few vitamins that are essential to a person’s health. These vitamins should be consumed on a daily basis either by consuming the right foods or taking a vitamin. These vitamins are found in some of our favorite everyday foods; this almost makes it hard to NOT get your daily dose. However, knowing which vitamins are most important and where exactly we can find them can be difficult.

 

We’ve compiled a cheat-sheet of key vitamins and what you should be eating to get them:

 

Vitamin A

Good For: vision, skin, and your immune system

Foods: spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and eggs

 

Vitamin B6

Good For: energy, to maintain liver and nerve function, metabolism

Foods: turkey, avocado, tuna, and pistachios

 

Vitamin B12

Good For: mood, memory, heart, hair, skin and digestion.

Foods: salmon, milk, cottage cheese, and eggs.

 

Vitamin C

Good For: tissues, immune system, the common cold, and hypertension.

Foods: red peppers, oranges, grapefruit, kiwi and strawberries.

 

Vitamin D (The Sunshine Vitamin)

Good For: Immune system functioning, bones, teeth, and cardiovascular health

**Fun fact: this vitamin can positively affect about 2,000 genes in the human body!

Foods: Cereal, orange juice, tuna, salmon, and cheese

 

Vitamin E

Good For: the function of skeletal, smooth, and cardiac muscle, delay of Alzheimer’s disease, and cholesterol

Foods: almonds, avocados, mango, butternut squash, and sunflower seeds

 

Folate

Good For: colon health, the nervous system and pregnant women

Foods: chickpeas, lentils, beets, avocado, and broccoli

 

Iron

Good For: red blood cells and helps to metabolize proteins

Foods: seafood, red meat, beans and certain cereals

 

Vitamin K

Good For: blood clots, prevention of calcification of arteries, and bone health

Foods: prunes, green tea, cabbage, cucumbers, and kale

 


How DNA Testing can help:

Knowing the basics about vitamins is fine and dandy, but not all bodies are created equally. Your body could metabolize vitamins normally, very fast, or not at all! Some people have genetic predispositions for vitamin deficiencies which means even if you eat all your veggies, YOUR body may not turn enough of it into the essential vitamins you need to stay healthy. The AGS Health & Wellness Genetic testing kit will show YOU which vitamins you may need. Genetic deficiencies may make it necessary to take vitamins daily. We also recommend you see your physician for yearly blood work which can show how the vitamins you take are working. With this knowledge, you can learn what vitamins you specifically need to take to sustain a healthy lifestyle. 

 

Find out, quit guessing. Buy the test, take the test.

Get the results and let your body tell you what it needs.

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Sources:

http://www.goodnet.org/articles/11-essential-vitamins-minerals-your-body-needs

 

Topics: Achieve Optimal Fitness and Health, DNA Testing, Vitamins

Alex Olson

Written by Alex Olson

Alex is now a senior at the University of Arizona, where she majors in Public Health with a minor in Nutritional Sciences.

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