By Ray Salas
Walking in to your local drugstore, you may feel overwhelmed by all of the vitamins and minerals displayed on the shelves. Your goal: wellness. But which vitamins will benefit you? What do these specific vitamins help with? Here’s some information that will prepare you for your next trip to the vitamin aisle:
Vitamin A (Retinol):
Vitamin A supports healthy eyes and bones. If you have a vitamin A deficiency, you may suffer from night blindness and/or itchy eyes. Vitamin A will help your immune system protect you from illness. It aides white blood cells, which play a key role in killing bacteria and fighting disease. Taking vitamin A also helps free the body from radicals and toxins that can harm your skin. It helps your skin retain moisture so that it stays soft. Natural sources of vitamin A include cream, egg yolk, and cheddar cheese.
Vitamin B7 (Biotin):
This vitamin is important in maintaining overall health. If you have a vitamin B7 deficiency, you may experience symptoms such as fatigue, depression, or hair loss. Vitamin B7 helps control your metabolism because it is a catalyst for many metabolic reactions. It also plays a key role in having healthy hair, skin and nails. This vitamin can also aide with weight loss because it helps to reduce extra body fat. Natural sources of this vitamin include egg yolks, fish and milk.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid):
A vitamin C deficiency can cause scurvy, a disease often associated with men at sea. Symptoms of this include loss of teeth and joint pain. Vitamin C can be used to treat the common cold because it helps strengthen your immune system. It can also help lower hypertension (high blood pressure). Vitamin C also plays a role in the production of norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that affects your mood. A natural source of vitamin C is citrus fruit such as oranges and lemons.
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