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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Vitamins - Which Ones To Take Every Day

Most people today don't get the amount of nutrients and vitamins needed to maintain a healthy body. Fast food, processed food, and junk food only add to the problem of how to ensure you get the recommended daily amounts of necessary vitamins and nutrients. Many people, especially children and older adults, take vitamins as a way to supplement daily intake. But there are so many vitamins on the market today, literally from A to Z. Which ones are the most important?

The following 5 vitamins have been recommended as the most important to take every day:

#1 - Multi Vitamin - a multi vitamin contains a variety of nutrients that meet the recommended daily intake. Read the label to see if it has close to 100% of the Daily Value for everything in it. Take half a dose in the morning and the other half at dinner.

#2 - Vitamin D3 - this isn't just plain old vitamin D. Vitamin D is good for strong bones and can be found in milk, juices and other food products. Vitamin D3 (calcitrol) is broken down by the body into a substance called calcitrol, which has important cancer fighting properties. It also fights colds, heart disease, and arthritis. While vitamin D comes from plants and animals, vitamin D3 comes from
fish liver oil. Recommended dosage is 1,000 International Units (IU) daily.

#3 - DHA omega-3s from algae - this type of vitamin is good for the brain and arteries. It can help prevent memory loss, loss of vision, heart attacks, stroke, impotence, and even wrinkles. Recommended daily dosage is 600 milligrams.

#4 - Calcium and magnesium combo - calcium can decrease bone fracture risk by 50% and helps prevent osteoporosis, a disease of the bones that makes bones brittle and porous and more susceptible to breaking. Recommended dosage is 600 mg daily. Another 400 mg of magnesium is recommended to prevent constipation from calcium. Magnesium helps absorb calcium but is also good for chronic headaches, fibromyalgia, asthma, cardio vascular disease and much more.

#5 - A probiotic - probiotics are actually bacteria and yeast that helps keep the intestines healthy and helps with digestion of food. It also increases the immune system. Probiotics can be found in yogurt, cheeses, and other food containing live cultures.

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