March 18, 2011 -- There are so many vitamins out there and they all do something different. "Good Morning America" is here to eliminate the confusion. Here are four of the most important ones and why you need them.
Reason you need it:
Very important for eyesight
Creates skin, hair and mucous membranes and keeps them in good condition
Strengthens the immune system
Develops bones, teeth, and epithelial cells, the cells situated on the inside and outside of body cavities such as the nose, mouth, throat, lungs, stomach, intestines, urinary tract.
Get it from: Orange and yellow vegetables and fruits (e.g., nectarines, cantaloupe, carrots), spinach, broccoli, butter, eggs, milk, fish oil and liver (beef, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb).
Vitamin B consists of several vitamins: B1, B2, B6, B12, biotin, folic acid, niacin and pantothenic acid.
Reason you need it: Effects the human metabolism
Move red blood cells throughout the body, which contain oxygen.
Important for process of protein synthesis and creation of energy.
Get it from: Whole grains (e.g., oats and wheats), peas, beans, leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, seafood, eggs and dairy products such as milk and yogurt, and meat.
Vitamin C is also called ascorbic acid. It is a water-soluble vitamin with antioxidant properties. Vitamin
Reason you need it: Part of collagen production that gives strength to bones, cartilages, ligaments, tendons, muscle, teeth and blood vessels. Protects gums and muscles
Speeds up the healing of wounds.
Prevents fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A and vitamin E, and other fatty acids from oxidizing
Keeps your skin healthy
Reduces any damage to the body from toxic substances and chemicals
Get it from: Citrus fruits (e.g., orange, lemon) and in other fruits (e.g., cantaloupe, strawberries) and vegetables (e.g., broccoli, tomatoes, cabbage).
A fat-soluble vitamin.
Reason you need it:
Part of calcium and phosphorous absorption from the intestine and in bone formation
Regulates calcium movement from bone to blood and vice versa
Supports strong teeth and bones as it helps the body absorb calcium.
Can prevent the onset of osteoporosis
Get it from: Egg yolk, milk and fish liver oil. In the presence of sunlight and ultraviolet light, the body can synthesize vitamin D.
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