Vitamins for healthy adults
In an ideal world,
each of us would get the vitamins and minerals that we need through our diets.
Unfortunately, many of us struggle to consume the types and quantities of real
foods to give us nutrients that we need to maintain optimum health.
A visit to your GP is
always the best option if you suspect that you’re deficient in a particular
nutrient. Your doctor may send you to get blood tests done that can show
whether you’re getting enough nutrients to keep your body healthy. And when a
deficiency is identified sometimes the important question is why there is a deficiency. An
underlying health condition that can lead to deficiency might need to be
corrected, rather than just taking a vitamin supplement.
A diet with lots of
whole foods including fruits and vegetables is the best way to get all the
different nutrients that we need. Some people are not able to get all of the
vitamins and minerals that they need from food alone. For example, people who
eat a vegan or vegetarian diet often struggle to get enough of the nutrients
that are found in animal products like meat and eggs. People with food intolerances
who exclude large groups of foods could become deficient. People with gut
problems leading to poor absorption may be deficient. Deficiency comes in many
shapes and sizes!
One of the best ways
to get this fat-soluble vitamin is by spending time in the sun, but it can also
be found in eggs, fish, and some dairy products. Even if you don’t have a
deficiency, many Australians are not reaching optimum levels of vitamin D. This
is especially true for those of us who spend most of days inside, for example
people who work in an office. Great for overall health and wellbeing, this
vitamin is especially beneficial for immune health, bone health, and heart
Most people are
familiar with Vitamin C for its high antioxidant properties and its association
with immune health. It’s a vitamin that’s found in many fruits and vegetables
and is one of the most common vitamin supplements used by Australians. Used
daily as a preventative measure, or at the first sign of symptoms, vitamin C is
great for helping to reduce the length of a cold and is also excellent for
Vitamin E is
well-known for nourishing our skin and hair, however it has many other benefits
too. Naturally found in nuts, seeds, and vegetables, Vitamin E can help to keep
your heart, bones, and immune system healthy.
Zinc is found in meat,
eggs, seafood, and legumes, but it can be difficult to get enough to keep our
bodies healthy – especially for people who don’t include animal products in
their diet. Zinc is important to keep our skin healthy, as well as for
reproductive health, metabolic health and overall wellbeing.
Found in leafy greens,
vegetables, and nuts, many adults in developed countries like Australia
struggle to get enough magnesium to keep their bodies healthy. Magnesium is
especially beneficial for active adults, as it can assist with delivering
oxygen to our muscles and helping to repair them after exercise. It’s also an
excellent supplement for people who experience high levels of stress.
If you’re unsure which
vitamins you should be taking, speak to your Capital Chemist pharmacist or book
an appointment with your GP.