A Pocket Dictionary of Vitamins

April 08, 2016

A Pocket Dictionary of Vitamins


“Multi” is a pretty popular prefix, so it probably isn’t surprising that it means “many.”  However, what might not be as well-known is its origin, which stems from the Latin term multus, which means “many” or “much.”

Our vitamin packs contain multivitamins to help you live your best life and keep you energized.  In this post, we’re going to share with you some of the benefits of the many different vitamins contained in multivitamins.  A more complete list can be found through the link at the end of the post. 

Let us now start on the run-down of some of the vitamins that your body needs in order to function.

We’ll start with the B Vitamins, simply because there are so many—eight in total.  The B Vitamins work together to boost your metabolism, muscles, and mind.  They are B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B8, B9, and B12.

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 B1 (Thiamin) helps to convert food into energy, similar to how plants convert sunlight into energy.  It helps to maintain healthy hair, skin, muscles, and a healthy brain.  Outside of our multivitamins, thiamin is also found in yeast, cereal, lentils, legumes, meat, and nuts.    

B2 (Riboflavin) also helps convert food into energy.  It also recycles primary antioxidants, and helps to promote iron metabolism.  So, basically, you will have healthier skin and less of a chance of developing anemia through an iron deficiency.  Go, riboflavin!  Food sources include cheese, eggs, leafy vegetables, legumes, almonds, and milk.  All of our vitamins include many of the B vitamins.  Try Brain Booster to be more alert throughout the day.

B3 (Niacin), like the first two B’s, also assists in converting food into energy.  It also works to help the digestive and nervous systems function.  Find this vitamin in mushrooms, cereals, leafy vegetables, meat, nuts, and beans.

B5:  We think it’s pretty clear that the B vitamins all convert food into energy.  So we’ll say this for the last time, here.  It also applies to the remaining B’s.  B5 also helps in the production of steroid hormones, lipids, hemoglobin, and neurotransmitters.  Find this vitamin in whole grains, chicken, mushrooms, avocados, tomatoes, and broccoli.    

B6 helps produce red blood cells and helps to maintain a well-functioning brain and nervous system.  Find B6 in legumes, soy products such as tofu, potatoes, meat, fish, and non-citrus fruits (e.g., bananas and watermelons).

B7 (biotin) helps maintain healthy skin, hair, and nails.  It also helps to keep bones healthy.  Carrots, fruits and berries, almonds, and vegetables are foods rich in biotin.  Our vitamin packs Nourish + Detoxify include biotin to promote healthy hair, skin, and nails. 

B9 (folic acid) helps to produce new cells and prevents birth defects in newborns.  It is a vitamin recommended for many women who are pregnant. We’re still learning a lot about this nutrient.  Get folic acid through cereals, greens such as asparagus, spinach, broccoli, and okra, orange juice, and legumes.

B12 helps to keep nerves and red blood cells healthy.  It also helps to promote normal growth.  Find B12 in milk, cheese, eggs, fish, meat, and fortified cereals and soymilk.

Vitamin A helps to maintain healthy skin and bone growth. It also promotes good vision.  Beta carotene can also be converted into vitamin A.  Find Vitamin A in eggs, shrimp, fish, milk, and beef.

Vitamin C helps the body form collagen, which connects wounds and blood vessel walls.  It also makes for a healthier immune system and acts as an antioxidant.  That Vitamin C cures colds is probably an urban legend.  Find this vitamin in citrus fruit juices, potatoes, broccoli, spinach, and bell peppers.

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Vitamin D helps to absorb calcium and also promotes healthy bone growth.  Without enough Vitamin D, you increase your risk of developing osteoporosis.  Milk is generally fortified with Vitamin D, as well as many cereals and yogurts. 

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to repair damaged cells.  Vegetable oils are a good source of Vitamin E.

Vitamin K helps your blood to clot.  We all want to heal properly from scratches, scrapes, and bad falls.  Good sources of Vitamin K in include liver, cabbage, eggs, spinach, broccoli, and leafy greens like kale and collard greens.   

Calcium is responsible for healthy bone growth and healthy teeth.  Daily foods such as milk, cheese, and yogurt are good sources of calcium, along with fortified juices, broccoli, and kale.  Our Restore+Slim includes calcium, as well. 

Iron helps hemoglobin to carry oxygen throughout the body.  Without iron, you run the risk of developing anemia, which causes your heart to work harder than normal to pump oxygen throughout the rest of your body.  We don’t want that, so get your iron through chickpeas, fortified cereals, lentils, pumpkin seeds, or spinach.

This is just a quick run-down of a few of the vitamins that are important to your body. Feel free to check out one of our source articles here.

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