We generally know that vitamins are a good thing. When we hear the word vitamin, we link that to health and wellness, and understand that we should be getting certain amounts of certain vitamins.
But not many people’s knowledge of vitamins extends beyond that initial level. For example, can you answer this question: what is a vitamin?
Not easy is it! And then when you add the fact that there are many different types of vitamins, understanding what is what becomes a whole lot trickier.
In the latest Evolution Organics blog, we have taken the time to help you get your head around vitamins, and explain everything you need to know in our vitamin guide.
So then...what is a vitamin?
A vitamin is a type of organic molecule. Vitamins are essential micronutrients that bigger organisms, such as human beings, need in order for their metabolism to function correctly. So in simple terms, vitamins enable our body to work as we want them to and as they are designed to. They support the systems we have and allow them to function as we need them.
Now we’ve got that out the way, let’s take a look at some of the specific vitamins out there, what they do, why you need them, and how you can get them.
Vitamin A plays a vital role in our body’s growth and development functions. It also supports a high-functioning immune system, as well as enabling us to maintain good vision.
Vitamin A is found in foods such as eggs, as well as orange and yellow fruits and vegetables. Cod liver oil is also a wonderful source of Vitamin A.
Vitamin B is a group of vitamins that help support key metabolic processes. Vitamin B is abundant in meats as well as whole grains, potatoes and bananas.
Vitamin B12 is one of the most important vitamins out there, as it is involved in the metabolic function of every cell in the human body.
Vitamin C is one of the most popular vitamin choices, and was the first vitamin to be chemically produced.
This essential nutrient helps to repair tissue in the body. It also plays an important role in enzyme functioning, as well as keeping your immune system operating as you wish. Additionally, Vitamin C has antioxidant qualities.
Vitamin C also plays a central role in keeping you fit and healthy on a day-to-day basis, helping to prevent things like the common cold, and historically helped to prevent scurvy! We explore all its benefits in more detail in our Vitamin C supplement guide.
Natural sources of Vitamin C include citrus fruits, peppers and berries.
Vitamin D helps your body to absorb calcium, magnesium and phosphate, as well as having a number of other benefits from a biological perspective.
Known as the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D is most commonly acquired in the body through sun exposure. This means that Vitamin D intake is easy enough to do during the summer months, but can be problematic in the winter time.
There are foods that contain high levels of Vitamin D, including fatty fish, while many cereals are fortified with Vitamin D. There’s also an array of supplements available, including Vitamin D supplements which are vegan-friendly and usually harder to source.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant and you can gain it from Wheat Germ Oil, Hazelnut Oil and Sunflower Oil.
However, Vitamin E is notoriously hard to get from food sources. This means that supplement use of Vitamin E can be a beneficial step.
Though rare, a lack of Vitamin E can lead to problems with the nervous system.
Vitamin K is important when it comes to blood clotting and helping your body heal itself.
Green leafy vegetables are an excellent source of Vitamin K, while vegetable oils and cereal grains can also help.
Vitamin K is usually best acquired however through a varied and balanced diet. Any Vitamin K you do take in that is not immediately used is stored by your liver, ready for when you need it. It’s amazing what your body does all of its own accord!
Get hold of Vitamin supplements at Evolution Organics
You naturally gain vitamins through the food you eat, through being outside, and through living a healthy lifestyle.
But it is sometimes difficult to cover all bases on the vitamin front, particularly with hard to gain vitamins like Vitamin E and Vitamin D in the winter months.
At Evolution Organics, we understand this and have tailored our excellent selection of vitamin supplements accordingly.
Our extensive vitamin and mineral range contains a host of brilliant supplements that can help you and your family gain all the vitamins you need.
We are also regularly adding new vitamin options to our store, so be sure to check in regularly to see what we have available.