What different type of Vitamins do for the Body

Facts about Vitamins and taking supplements.

Our bodies need Vitamins as they provide carbon which the body cannot create on its own, so we need from foods. Here is a list of all the types of Vitamins and what each type does for the body and what foods to get them from!




Vitamin A

  • Vital to the immune system and Vision.
  • Also called beta carotene or ritenol.
  • Helps boost immune system by keeping skin and mucous membranes healthy and preventing dangerous invasions.
  • Encourages skin health and good vision and helps build strong bones.
  • Can be used to treat and and help fight lung and skin cancer.
  • Can be found in: eggs, sweet potato, carrots, spinach, kale, apricots, broccoli, cantaloupe, squash, fish.

Vitamin B2

  • Also called riboflavin this nutrient helps metabolise fats and carbs.
  • Important part of energy production.
  • Needs other vitamins to help them work together better.
  • Maintains healthy eyes and skin tissue, energy, fights fatigue and stress, protects against bowel cancer.
  • Can be found in: fermented foods and green leafy vegetables

Vitamin B1

  • Also called thiamine.
  • Important for nerve and cardio.
  • Helps support metabolism as well as a healthy brain functioning.
  • Important vitamin to ensure learning in children.
  • Heals and develops skin tissue to promote healthy healing particularly after surgery.
  • Recent studies suggest its helping to heal Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Can be found in: wheat germ, pork, beef, liver.

Vitamin B3

  • Also called niacin.
  • Helps energy production by releasing energy from carbs.
  • Improves skin.
  • Lowers cholesterol and increase HDL.
  • Can be found in: beef, poultry, fish, peanut butter, legumes and yogurt.

Vitamin B6

  • Also called pyridoxine.
  • Helps release sugar to create energy.
  • Regenerates red blood cells and has a positive impact on the nervous system.
  • Sometimes can be used to treat pregnancy related issues, nausea, PMS, carpal tunnel syndrome and more.
  • Can be found in: protein rich foods, including beef, pork, liver, fish, chicken, nuts and legumes.

Vitamin B9

  • Also called folic acid.
  • Helps DNA production and repair aswell as red cell production, red blood cells are important for developing foetus in infants
  • Deficiency of B9 In pregnant women can lead to neurological problems of birth defects in their children
  • Can be found in: fruits , leafy vegetables, liver, wheat germ and various fortified foods.

Vitamin B12

  • Also called cobalumen.
  • Necessary for brain and nerve functioning, red blood cell formation and DNA regulation.
  • Also helps energy production
  • Supports growth, appetite and red blood cell production.
  • Often used by doctors to assists with weight control.
  • Can be found in: protein as well as fortified foods.

Vitamin C

  • Also called absorbic acid.
  • Important anti oxidant.
  • Helps immune system and serves as a natural antihistamine.
  • Protects from viral infection, cancer, fights colds and flu.
  • Can also help with high cholesterol, cataracts and more.
  • Can be found in: most fruits and green veg.

Vitamin D

  • Benefits the immune system.
  • Reduces cancer risks and helps bone formation.
  • Body can produce it when exposed to sunlight.
  • Helps body use calcium and phosphorus ensuring strong bones and teeth preventing oesteophorus.
  • Can be found in fortified milk, salmon mackerel and sardines.

Vitamin E

  • Also called tocopherol.
  • Important anti oxidant.
  • Removes free radicals from the body.
  • Protects cells and tissue from free radical damage which is why it is used in anti aging creams.
  • Vitamin E often works with vitamin C because as it can help activate vitamin E.
  • Promotes reproductive health.
  • Can be found in: various oils and nuts aswell as green leafy vegetables, almonds and peanuts.

Vitamin B5

  • Also called pantothenic.
  • Helps metabolise food and synthesise enzymes.
  • Helps to fight stress and fatigue.
  • Helps keep skin healthy and fight acne.
  • When taken with vitamin C, B5 can promote skin and health making scars less noticeable.
  • Can be found in: beef, poultry, fish, whole grains, legumes, sweet potatoes, milk, eggs and yogurt.

Vitamin K

  • Important to help blood clotting
  • In some countries given to infants upon birth to protect them from bruising and bleeding disorder.
  • Also sometimes given to people to counteract an overuse of blood thinning medications.
  • Can be found in: leafy green veg including spinach and kale, egg yolk, beef liver and wheat germ.

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