What Different Vitamins are Good For

Developing an understanding of the benefits of each vitamin can help you make intelligent supplement choices. This understanding will also give you insight into the best high-nutrient foods.

Benefits of Vitamin A
Here are just a few of the benefits of vitamin A:

Improves vision and protects your eyes from night blindness
Assists in the formation of red blood cells
Reduces the risks of stroke
Reduces the risk of cancer
Promotes beautiful skin
Enemies of vitamin A include light, alcohol, coffee and smoking.

Benefits of the B Vitamins

The B vitamins are actually eight water-soluble vitamins, which play crucial roles in cell metabolism. They work as a team to support metabolism, maintain clear skin and enhance muscle tone. Additionally, B Vitamins promote red cell growth, which in turn prevents anemia. B Vitamins can also reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer. However, it will only do this if consumed in food. When taken as a complex, B vitamins can help combat the symptoms of stress and depression.

Benefits of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is probably the most popular vitamin. It is taken for colds and to increase immunity. Some studies have shown that vitamin C may even act as an antihistamine. However, contrary to propaganda, no studies have proven that megadoses of vitamin C will actually protect colds.

Vitamin C plays a vital role in collagen production. This makes it useful for wound healing. Some people use it post surgery. Topically applied, it protects the skin from free radical damage after excessive exposure to ultraviolet light. As an antioxidant, vitamin C protects cells from damage and mutation. As such, it reduces the risk of almost all types of cancer.

Benefits of Vitamin D
Prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and prostate cancer are two of the most important benefits of vitamin D. It also aids in the absorption of calcium, which in turn prevents osteoporosis. According to an article published in the New York Times , new studies show that men and women who consume higher levels of vitamin D are less likely to develop colon cancer than people with lower levels. Are there any enemies of Vitamin D? Ain’t no sunshine, then it’s gone. Computer geeks should get out into the daylight.

Benefits of Vitamin E
“Skin care” are the words that most be think of when they think of vitamin E. Here are some of the other benefits.

Menstrual pain
Low sperm count
Cataracts
Restless leg syndrome
Alzheimer’s disease
Parkinson’s disease
Rheumatoid arthritis
Diabetes
Now that you have a better understanding of what the different vitamins are good for, you can make informed choices. Choose wisely, and remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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Healing Vitamin Deficiency and Dry Skin

If a vitamin deficiency is responsible for dry skin, consulting a dietitian or physician for a proper nutritional analysis is essential. Adding daily supplements of missing vitamins can dramatically improve skin condition, particularly if the deficiency is severe. Ideally, an individual’s nutrient balance and vitamin needs should be met through a regular, healthy diet.

Adding vegetables to every meal and choosing recipes that include foods rich in Vitamin A can help ensure a vitamin deficiency does not contribute to dry skin.

In addition to adding the proper dietary supplements to combat dry skin, topical lotions and moisturizers – especially those enriched with Vitamin A, Vitamin E, or aloe–can help heal skin, and drinking plenty of water keeps skin moisturized from the inside out.
Other Causes of Dry Skin
In many cases, a lack of vitamins may not be the cause for dry skin. More than 100 different diseases and environmental conditions can contribute to dry skin, including:
Climate, such as high heat, low humidity, or intense cold
Chronic dehydration
Harsh chemicals, including soaps, bleach, and household cleansers
Sunburn
Thyroid problems or other hormonal imbalances
Diabetes, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions
Drinking too much caffeine or alcohol
Making lifestyle adjustments to compensate for these dry skin causes as well as being treated for other medical conditions that may contribute to skin problems can also help heal skin quickly and easily.

Vitamin deficiency and dry skin can be related, but there are many other factors that should be considered when seeking a solution for dry skin. Understanding which vitamins affect skin condition, however, can help balance nutritional needs to ensure healthy skin.

Vitamin Deficiency and Dry Skin

Vitamin deficiency and dry skin can, quite literally, go hand in hand. The appropriate dosages of different vitamins and nutrients are essential for proper health, and inadequate supplies of certain vitamins can result in dry skin.
Defining Dry Skin

Dry skin can be as simple as slightly rough or itchy skin, or it could be a more severe condition creating cracks, redness, peeling, pain, or a burning sensation. In severe cases, lesions may appear or the skin could begin scaling.

While simple vitamin deficiencies are not necessarily the cause behind severe dry skin, understanding which vitamins are necessary for healthy skin can help individuals afflicted with skin conditions plan a diet to keep their skin healthy.
Vitamins Essential for Healthy Skin

Several vitamins and nutrients are necessary for healthy, well-moisturized skin. Vitamin A – both the retinol and beta carotene forms – is the most essential, but proper skin health results from the proper balance of several vitamins.

Vitamin A
Vitamin A was first discovered in 1913 and today it is known to be important for several health issues. Vitamin A not only contributes to proper cell growth and repair, particularly of skin cells, but is also essential for strengthening night vision, assisting bone growth, and regulating the immune system. A deficiency of Vitamin A can lead not only to dry skin but also to dry hair, broken fingernails, and dry eyes.

The recommended daily dosage of Vitamin A varies from 300 to 1,300 micrograms (1,000 to 4,300 IUs) based on age and other health factors such as pregnancy. While the beta carotene form of Vitamin A can easily be absorbed in much greater amounts, too much of the retinol Vitamin A can result in nausea, dry skin, headaches, and other symptoms.

Food Sources of Energy Vitamins

Fortunately, the B vitamins are abundant in many foods, particularly fruits and vegetables. While each vitamin may be available in different proportions in different foods, eating a balanced diet that includes many nutritious options is the best way to get enough of these energy vitamins to ensure good health.Vitamin B rich foods include:

Tomato juice is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B3, B6, magnesium, zinc, and iron.
  • Spinach
  • Watermelon
  • Broccoli
  • Milk
  • Potatoes
  • Lean Meats
  • Bananas
  • Lentils
  • Eggs
  • Parsley
  • Tomato Juice
  • Green Beans
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Asparagus
  • Liver
  • Split Peas

Many breads and cereals are also fortified with B vitamins, and supplemental pills are available for individuals who have trouble getting a suitable supply of these vitamins in their daily diet.

So, What Vitamin Is Good for Energy?

The B vitamins are essential for the body’s production and use of energy. This group of eight vitamins – the vitamin B complex – is critical to avoiding fatigue, and they work best as a coordinated group to energize the body. B Vitamins can help weight loss as well, since they will give you more energy to be active and exercise.
B1 (Thiamin):

Vitamin B1 strengthens the body’s immune system and boosts neurotransmitter synthesis so the brain and nervous system, including memory, can function more efficiently. Skin and blood vessel growth and food metabolism also require healthy amounts of thiamin. Furthermore, metabolizing food effectively generates energy the body needs for all its tasks, and thiamin is essential for that process.

B2 (Riboflavin): Vitamin B2 is responsible for helping the body produce energy through a variety of chemical reactions. It also increases oxygen utilization efficiency, allowing cells to function more effectively. Riboflavin also eases arthritis, which can give individuals who suffer from painful joints better ease of movement to feel more energetic.
B3 (Niacin): Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, helps treat high cholesterol which in can be responsible for a range of health problems that can sap an individual’s energy. The vitamin also works in conjunction with other B vitamins to increase the body’s efficiency when producing energy.

B5 (Pantothenic Acid): Vitamin B5 is responsible not only for energy conjunction along with the other B vitamins, but also for strengthening the body’s immune system. If the body is ill, it expends great energy to combat the illness and to heal, and a healthy immune system is necessary for higher energy levels.

B6 (Pyridoxine): This B vitamin helps protect the body’s arteries and the health of the circulatory system. Without proper blood flow, energetic activities are impossible and cells are not able to produce enough energy or get enough oxygen to meet the body’s energy needs.

B9 (Folic Acid): This B Vitamin is also responsible for protecting arteries, and it also plays a role in the formation of red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the rest of the body and are necessary to maintain energy levels. The right level of folic acid is also essential in a pregnant woman’s diet to help prevent birth defects.

B12 (Cyanocobalamin): This B vitamin, along with folic acid, helps form red blood cells.Vitamin B12 is also a key factor in how effectively the body absorbs food and therefore replenishes its energy supplies.

Biotin: This vitamin facilitates both fat and protein metabolism, a process that is necessary to convert food into energy.