“Always eat your fruits and vegetables.” It’s something that you’ve likely heard – and have possibly even said – several times during the course of your life. For good reason, too, because your body requires many essential vitamins to stay healthy.
A woman can require different vitamins for each stage in her life, but it doesn’t have to be too confusing to keep track of dietary needs. Here’s a quick rundown of essential vitamins that are important for women’s health and the foods that are rich in them.
The Benefits of Antioxidants
Antioxidants play a part in your body’s cell-protection system, which can help reduce the risk of chronic illness and slow the aging process.
The three major antioxidant vitamins include:
•Beta-carotene, found in apricots, carrots, and kale, which is converted to Vitamin A in your body and helps strengthen bones, skin, and soft tissue.
•Vitamin C, found in oranges, broccoli, and grapefruit, which is also known as ascorbic acid and increases alertness and concentration while helping to slow down the aging process.
•Vitamin E, found in hazelnuts, peanut butter, and sunflower seeds, which aids the creation of red blood cells and slow age-related changes.
The Benefits of B Vitamins
B Vitamins are key contributors to brain function, DNA building, and red blood cell formation, all very important processes in your body. Some of them even lower the risk of defects during pregnancy, helping not only you, but your children as well.
There are many B Vitamins, but the three biggest include:
•Vitamin B6, found in fish, potatoes, and avocado, which is important for metabolism and brain function.
•Vitamin B12, found in cheese, eggs, and meat, which helps metabolism and cell division and can be harder for vegetarians to manage.
•Folic acid, found in spinach, asparagus, and citrus fruits, which can lower the risk of neural tube defects in pregnant women and is key for the development of the central nervous system.
The Benefits of Vitamin D
Vitamin D activates calcium and phosphorus in your bloodstream so that your body doesn’t take them from your bones, helping to prevent osteoporosis. It can even make your body more sensitive to insulin, reducing the risk of insulin resistance and potentially type 2 diabetes.
While Vitamin D can be found in foods like fish, your body also absorbs the chemical through sunlight. Just make sure not to get sunburned!
Managing Your Essential Vitamins
There are many important stages in a woman’s life, and essential vitamins can help keep you healthy and happy.
Call us today at 440-934-8810 or contact us online to schedule an appointment if you need help maintaining proper vitamin levels or need any medical assistance due to vitamin deficiencies.
Dr. Michelle Belardo, M.D., FACOG, Women's Services
DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.