Whole foods, rather than a supplement, provide an optimal synergy of compounds that your body absorbs and uses. If you're unsure if you're getting an adequate amount of vitamins, consult with your doctor. Overdosing on vitamins through supplements can be dangerous. • Beta-carotene Found in carrots, sweet potatoes, and green peppers, among other foods, this antioxidant is converted in the body to vitamin A and is important for healthy vision, a functioning immune system, and good skin. • Calcium Our bodies need calcium—mostly found in dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese—to maintain healthy bones and prevent osteoporosis.
One of these factors is total dietary fat intake. The Atkins Diet, for example, does not restrict the amount of calories that comes from fats. Another risk factor is the type of fat, saturated or unsaturated. Saturated fats such as butter, lard, margarine, meats, and dairy products should only constitu... ... middle of paper ... ...ts that our bodies need in order to function properly. Our brains need the fuel that carbohydrates provide for us; and the energy that comes from protein is not a sufficient source to replenish the rest of our bodies.
Vitamins There are lots of different vitamins that the body needs to maintain healthy, however they are only needed in small amounts. The body cannot make these vitamins so therefore they must be in a person’s daily diet. Vitamins are categorized into two groups these are fat-soluble vitamins and water soluble vitamins. Vitamin A, D, E and K are all fat-soluble vitamins, this means that they can dissolve in the presence of fat. • Vitamin A has different important jobs.
This are not need to be taken every day, because your body is going to store it and is going to produce fat. This disadvantage because all the excess is going to accumulate in body fat and may be toxic. They do not contain vitamin A. that is why infants cannot consume reduced-fat and skim milks have warning labels. Vitamin D also affects in good way infancy and childhood and it is added to a lot of food, but excess of vitamin D is a serious problem. Is very difficult to control what you eat and know the right amount and kind of the food you are eating.
It helps your body heal also. Vitamin C was first used to combat a sickness called Scurvy. Scurvy was common among those with poor access to fresh fruit and vegetables, such as remote, isolated sailors and soldiers, which means no access to vital vitamins and nutrients needed for the body to stay healthy. Scientists are now researching on how high doses of vitamin C can cure cancer cells and other deadly diseases, such as lymphoma. All in all, Vitamin C is vital to our health as well as life.
The water-soluble vitamins-the eight B vitamins and vitamin C-cannot be stored and must be consumed frequently, preferably every day (with the exception of some B vitamins, as noted below). The body can manufacture only vitamin D; all others must be derived from the diet. Lack of them causes a wide range of metabolic and other dysfunctions. In the U.S., since 1940, the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council has published recommended dietary allowances (RDA) for vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Expressed in milligrams or international units (IU) for adults and children of normal health, these recommendations are useful guidelines not only for professionals in nutrition but also for the growing number of families and individuals who eat irregular meals and rely on prepared foods, many of which are now required to carry nutritional labeling.
Due to the atrocities of genetic modification, foods that should be naturally able to supply all the necessary vitamins and minerals are no longer able to and the use of supplements is recommended to make up what has been lost to modern agricultural techniques (Hobson). An individual can be on the track to a healthy life if the simple advice of Michael Pollan is taken, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” (qtd. in Hobson).
Also, young baby’s can only eat certain amounts of food, this means that they are not receiving all the vitamins either, and they will need to take supplements to gain the necessary vitamins to keep them healthy. Throughout this one world essay I will find out whether it is necessary to take vitamin supplements. The supplement I will be researching is Vitamin C. How does it work? Vitamin C is one of the safest and most effective nutrients, experts say; “It may not be the cure for the common cold, though it's thought to help prevent more serious complications” (Kathleen M. Zelman, 2010). Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning that your body doesn’t store it.
These are water soluble and fat soluble vitamins. i) Water soluble vitamins include : Vitamin C also called citric acid, Vitamin B1 (thiamine), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (niacin), Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), Vitamin B9 (folic acid), Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), Vitamin B12 (cobalamin), Cholin, Biotin. Water soluble vitamins are not stored in the body in any appreciable amounts. The surplus is washed out mainly through urine. They requires consistent replenishing using the diet we consume.
Most people already know what they should be doing: exercise, eat the correct foods and avoid dangerous substances such as smoking, drugs and other poisons and toxins. Your body needs a high level of anti-oxidants to live a long healthy life in our modern polluted world. If you’re healthy and eat a well-balanced diet based on the Food Guide Pyramid, most nutritionist agree that supplements are unnecessary (Sinai). A well balanced diet supplies not only the recommended daily allowances (RDAs) of all the necessary nutrients, but also the important non-nutrients that vitamin pills lack, fiber being one of theses nutrients. Some nutritionist also believe that taking supplements perpetuates bad eating habits by making you think everything will be okay as long as you get your “vitamins.