A healthy nutritious diet involves six (6) classes of nutrients—carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water. Vitamins and minerals maybe considered as micronutrients (because our body only needs them in smaller amounts) but they help carry out the physiological processes our bodies need like metabolism.
If you might wonder, vitamins are chemical organic compounds found in all types of fruits and vegetables. They help in releasing energy from the food, maintaining healthy skin, hair, and eyes. All vitamins are equally essential to keep the body healthy and active.
On the other hand, minerals are chemical inorganic elements found in liquids, soil, and sometimes plants. They are important for the body’s bone formation, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, and acid-alkaline balance. Similar to vitamins, they help the body perform its normal processes and activities immediately.
Mattos Medical Group, a trusted provider of stem cell therapy in Armenia Avenue Tampa Florida, recognizes the problem that most adults in the U.S. do not typically get enough vitamins and minerals they need every day. Hence, here are the seven (7) important vitamins and minerals you should have in your diet every day.
1. Vitamin A (Retinoids)
Source: Orange foods—carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, cantaloupe, all of which get their hue from the carotene pigment; green leafy vegetables, squash, bell pepper, eggs, beef, peaches, Chinese cabbage.
Benefits: Overall growth and development, healthy eyes, teeth, and skin
2. B Vitamins
Source: Whole unprocessed foods—potatoes, lentils, beans, molasses, bananas, chili peppers, yeast; eggs, fish, dairy, beef, pork, beets, dark leafy greens, milk
B1 helps make body make healthy new cells.
B2 works as an antioxidant to help fight free radicals
B3 boosts good cholesterol
B5 produces sex and stress-related hormones
B6 regulates mood and sleep patterns and reduce inflammation
B7 promotes healthy hair, skin, nails
B9 prevents memory loss and reduces risks of depression
B12 produces red blood cells with B9, creates oxygen with iron
3. Vitamin C
Source: Oranges, guava, kiwi, red and green peppers, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruits
Benefits: Strengthens blood vessels, provides elasticity in the skin, acts as an anti-oxidant and iron absorption, contributes to the health of teeth and gums, required for production of collagen, necessary for proper functioning of the immune system
4. Vitamin D
Source: Few minutes out in the sun, eggs, fish, and mushrooms
Benefits: Makes teeth and bones strong and healthy, regulates metabolism of calcium and phosphorus
Source: Yogurt, cheese, milk, tofu, and black molasses
Benefits: Strengthens teeth and bones; essential for muscle contraction and heartbeat
Source: Oysters, organ meats—liver; beans, spinach, pumpkin seeds, beans, cereal, soybeans
Benefits: Builds muscles, maintains blood healthy; essential for transportation of oxygen through the blood
Source: Seafoods—oysters; cashews, spinach, dark chocolate
Benefits: Helps in carbohydrate metabolism, protein and genetic material synthesis; helps in the proper functioning of the immune systems; involved in the normal function of the prostate
There are still vitamins and minerals that your body needs! If you think you cannot acquire all of these minerals in your daily meals, get IV Nutrition Therapy at Mattos Medical Group, a reliable source of therapy in Armenia Avenue Tampa Florida! Call us today for more information and assistance!
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