Over 90% of Americans have a vitamin deficiency and aren’t getting the nutrients they need from their diet alone. In order to meet your daily vitamin and mineral intake, you might want to consider taking supplements.
Not sure what you should be taking? Here’s a quick rundown of the most commonly needed vitamins and what they do for your body.*
If you take only one vitamin a day, make it a multivitamin. They combine different vitamins, minerals or supplements that are normally found in food. Multivitamins differ by brand, but in general you should choose one that contains the basics, such as vitamins A, C, D, E, K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folic Acid, B12, and that provides 100% of the Daily Value (DV) (except for calcium and magnesium because 100% DV would make the capsule too large to swallow).
Multivitamins not only support a healthy immune system, but they help keep the brain, hair, eyes, teeth, and cardiovascular system in check.
Sunlight is a natural producer of Vitamin D3, but if you’re like any of us CareZone employees living in Seattle, you’re likely not getting enough exposure to the sun.
Unless you can bask in the sunlight on a regular basis, you should consider taking a Vitamin D3 supplement. Vitamin D3 helps the body absorb calcium, which in turn helps promote bone, tooth and muscle strength. It also boosts the immune system and nervous systems.
It may sound weird, but Fish Oil contains omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for optimal functioning of the heart and brain. They also reduce arterial inflammation, which can lower your risk for a heart attack.
When choosing a Fish Oil supplement, choose one that has at least 180mg EPA and 120mg DHA per 1000mg.
Vitamin B12 is a great supplement if you want to increase your energy level and boost your mood. It’s also known to help with the nervous system, blood-cell formation, digestion, and brain function.
Not sure you need Vitamin B12? People who suffer from digestive issues or anemia, or who are ages 50 and up, tend to have a B12 deficiency. If you fall into one of these categories, you should consider adding a supplement to your daily routine.
You can get Vitamin C through fruits and veggies, but most people don’t eat the suggested servings daily. In order to get your daily quota of Vitamin C, adults should take a supplement that contains at least 100mg.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect your cells against the effects of free radicals—molecules produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation. Free radicals can play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Vitamin C also helps your body absorb and store iron.
Consider daily vitamin packs that contain all of the above vitamins and supplements. CareZone members can get a FREE month of vitamin packs. Visit “Services” in your CareZone app or call us at 888-297-9522 to get your free vitamins.
As always, consult your doctor before you start taking any vitamins or supplements.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.