Sunday, May 31, 2009

Vitamins 101, Part 2


Here is part 2 of my quest to take the mystery out of vitamins, why we need them and what they do for our bodies.

And now we move on to the fat-soluble vitamins...

Vitamin D (Calciferol) - The most important role of this vitamin is to maintain calcium levels in the blood. Vitamin D helps increase calcium absorption from food and reduces urinary calcium loss. It is also necessary for healthy bones and teeth. The majority of vitamin D is created by a chemical reaction between the sun and your skin. Other sources include cod liver oil, egg yolks and butter.

Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol) - It is an antioxidant that protects cell membranes and other fat soluble parts of the body from damage. Vitamin E promotes a healthy immune system and may help to ease muscle cramps. It can be found in nuts, seeds, and whole grains.

Vitamin K (Phylloquinone) - This vitamin is needed for proper bone formation and blood clotting. It does this by helping the body transport calcium. Sources of vitamin K are leafy greens such as kale and spinach, soybean oil and olive oil.

Keep an eye out for Minerals 101 in future posts!


Source: Truestar Health

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