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Vitamins: Worth it or not?

 
You've heard people go on and on about vitamins ever since you were a teeny-tiny tot. But why exactly are vitamins so important?  Sure, they keep your bod in tip-top shape, but what should you be looking for and why? We’re breaking it down. (PS: Ask your doc before you take any new supplements!)

Antioxidants
Why: These buddies are good for pretty much every function of your body. Word is, they play a major role in maintaining a healthy metabolism and cancer prevention.
Where to find it: many fruits, many vegetables, and green tea. No pills necessary!

Fish Oil/Omega 3s
Why: This is the cream of the vitamin crop. Fish oil strengthens your noggin, maintains your metabolism, relieves pain from inflammation and ups your mood.
Where to find it: fish, like tuna or salmon, or as a supplement pill

Vitamin A
Why: In the long run, Vitamin A keeps your eyes healthy and prevents age-related blindness. Otherwise, Vitamin A acts as an antioxidant.
Where to find it: tomatoes, carrots, pumpkins, apricots, leafy greens. Also available as a supplement.

Folic Acid/Vitamin B9
Why: Those of you prone to anemia will find this one very helpful because it assists the production of blood cells, which is overall essential to your health.
Where to find it: leafy greens, eggs, fortified grains. Also available as a supplement.

Vitamin C
Why: This antioxidant is your go-to for whenever you're in pain or get hurt. Also fab for boosting your immune system if you think you’re catching a cold!
Where to find it: citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges, tomatoes, strawberries, and broccoli.

Iron
Why: Allows your body to properly deliver oxygen.  And get this, girlies, a healthy supply of iron can even lighten your period!
Where to find it: red meats, fish, poultry, beans

Vitamin D
Why: Without this trusty tool, your body can't absorb calcium properly. Vitamin D functions as a hormone, and when paired with calcium, it prevents those pesky broken bones.
Where to find it: fish and sunlight. Also available as a supplement.

Magnesium
Why: A key player in your digestive system, which traces back to your metabolism.
Where to find it: fish, bananas, grains, milk, nuts, vegetables

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by Jordan Sarnovsky | 2/1/2016
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