Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Don’t forget those micronutrients

Renee Gosselin, MS MBA RD
Nutrition Instructor

I have noticed in some discussions that vitamins/minerals do not seem to get the exposure of importance that they deserve. It is important for people to have a general understanding of vitamins and minerals and the importance overall in the body. There are many vitamins and minerals; however in this blog I will just explore the fat soluble vitamins. 

Fat soluble vitamins include Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, and Vitamin K. Fat soluble vitamins are stored for longer periods of time within the body and toxicity or large doses are more common than water soluble vitamins. 

Vitamin A also known as Retinol is found in foods such as carrots, pumpkin, dark green vegetables, and winter squash. Vitamin A not only helps with eye sight as many of us have heard but it also promotes growth of tissues, helps with bone formation, and helps with maintenance of skin integrity. 

Vitamin D is mostly found in products that are fortified with this vitamin. Dairy products and fish such as salmon and sardines are going to be a good source of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is naturally absorbed through the skin via the sun. Vitamin D increases the absorption of calcium and phosphorus in the body and is involved in the nervous system. 

Vitamin E is actually works in the body as antioxidants which may helps prevent cancer and heart disease. Vitamin E is found in products such as nuts, olives, and green leafy vegetables. Vitamin E also helps with providing oxygen to the blood and slowing cellular deterioration. 

Vitamin K is made naturally within the body’s intestinal tract via bacteria. Vitamin K is found in foods such as green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and turnips. Vitamin K helps with blood clotting and bone status.


Gerald Vonberger said...

I think it's amazing all of the health problems that can be prevented by simple, daily diet and nutrition habits. I guess that's the purpose of wellness centers though. I'm glad people do research to find out about how proper nutrition can prevent disease. My family really needs to get involved with a wellness center. I think it would be good.

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