7 Health-Boosting Vitamins Every Adult Needs
In Their Medicine Cabinet (And Why They’re Important)
“Don’t forget to take your vitamins!” — Something you’ve probably heard no less than 1000 times in your adult life.
By now, you probably roll your eyes whenever you hear it. But have you ever wondered why Vitamins are so essential? After all, there’s a reason every pharmacy stocks the shelves with bottles and bottles of Vitamins A through Z!
Vitamins give us the energy and nutrients our body needs to function at its best.
Any beauty guru will rave about how Vitamins give them beautiful skin, long nails, and healthy hair.
And doctors won’t miss a chance to remind you how Vitamins keep our brain, eyes, the nervous and immune systems in tip top shape by healing wounds and preventing sickness.
The best way to make sure that you’re getting all the Vitamins you need is to eat a healthy and balanced diet.
But the easiest way is to take Vitamin supplements. And actually, you only need a tiny amount of Vitamins daily!
Here’s a few benefits of daily Vitamins:
- Improved mood & increased energy levels so you can be unstoppable
- Reduced stress & anxiety (who doesn’t want that?)
- Improved short-term memory
- Better muscle, skin, and bone strength
Now let’s dive into the 7 essential Vitamins every adult should be taking on the daily:
Why Dentists Will Tell You To Take Vitamin A
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble Vitamin, which just means it’s stored in your body’s fatty tissue, particularly the liver.
Why You Need It: Vitamin A helps you form and maintain your pearly whites (aka your teeth) alongside, skeletal and soft tissue, strong bones and beautiful skin.
You Know You Need Vitamin A If You Have…
- Teeth That Chip Easily
- Dry Skin & Eyes
- Night Blindness
- Trouble Conceiving or Breastfeeding
- Acne & Breakouts (use Vitamin A alongside your skincare regime)
- A Poor Immune System
Here’s Where To Find It:
- Preformed Vitamin A (Retinol) is found in liver, eggs, and milk (including breast milk)
- Provitamin A (Carotenoids) is found in dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, carrots, squashes, pumpkins, mangos, and papayas (yum!)
Pairs Perfectly With: Vitamins D, E, and K
Fun Fact: Did you know that carrots have one of the highest sources of Vitamin A? That’s why they help us see better! They have lots of beta carotene, which is converted to Vitamin A by our bodies.
Hungover? Forget Coffee. You Need Vitamin B6!
Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble Vitamin, which means it’s carried to our body’s tissues—but isn’t stored in our bodies!
Why You Need It: Because your body isn’t able to produce B6 on it’s own! Without this Vitamin, you’re at higher risk for a whole slew of issues like kidney failure, liver disease, and drinking problems.
You Know You Need Vitamin B6 If You Have…
- Skin Rashes
- Cracked & Sore Lips (you need more than just chapstick for a problem like this)
- Depression Symptoms, including Low Mood & Energy
- Sore Tongue
- Weakened Immune System
Here’s Where You Find It: Vitamin B6 is found in pork, tuna, salmon, liver, chicken, potatoes, wheat germ, bananas, and dried beans.
Pairs Perfectly With: Other B-Vitamins and Vitamin C.
Fun Fact: Did you know Vitamin B6 can help cure those nasty hangovers? Forget coffee—you should be eating lots of bananas after a night out!
Vegans Love Soy Milk, Tofu & Vitamin B12!
Like Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12 is also a water-soluble Vitamin.
Why You Need It: It’s a nutrient that helps maintain your body’s nervous system and blood cells. Vitamin B12 also helps make DNA, which is the genetic material in all cells!
You Know You Need Vitamin Vitamin B12 If You Have:
- Depression & Irritability
- A Pale Yellow Tinge To Your Skin
- Unusual Changes In The Way You Move & Walk Around
Here’s Where You Find It: Vitamin B12 is actually only found in animal products like fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and nutritional yeast.
Pairs Perfectly With: Other B-Vitamins & Vitamin C
Fun Fact: Since B12 is only found in animal foods, many vegans and vegetarians are Vitamin B12-deficient. A lot of them supplement their diet with Vitamin B12 pills!
If You’re a Pirate, You Probably Don’t Get Enough Vitamin C
Just like B-Vitamins, Vitamin C is also water-soluble. This makes them a winning combination!
Why You Need It: Research suggests that Vitamin C is the go-to Vitamin for stress, colds, and even strokes. It can also help with aging skin and wound healing. That’s one powerful Vitamin!
You Know You Need Vitamin Vitamin C If You Have:
- Very Dry Skin (and moisturizer isn’t helping)
- Split Ends In Your Hair
- Slow or Poorly Healing Wounds
- Sudden & Unexpected Bleeding Gums
- Lots of Stress!
Here’s Where You Find It: Many of us know that oranges are packed with Vitamin C. But you can also get Vitamin C from grapefruit, kiwi, papaya, pineapple, and even vegetables! Add some broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, spinach or cabbage to your next meal.
Pairs Perfectly With: B-Vitamins
Fun Fact: Did you know that the importance of Vitamin C was discovered more than 250 years ago? A shortage of this Vitamin was found to be the cause of scurvy, which was very common among pirates.
Why Vampires Are Vitamin D-Deficient
It’s also referred to as the Sunshine Vitamin. Enough said!
Why You Need It: Your body needs Vitamin D to absorb calcium, which is vital for maintaining healthy teeth and bones. It also helps regulate your immune system.
Too little Vitamin D leads to soft bones in children and fragile, misshapen bones in adults.
You Know You Need Vitamin Vitamin D If You:
- Get Sick Often or Commonly Suffer From Infections
- Experience Fatigue and Tiredness (even after 8 hours of sleep)
- Have Bone and Back Pain
- Feel Depressed
Here’s Where You Find It: There’s three superfoods when it comes to Vitamin D: Salmon, mackerel, and mushrooms. But you can also get Vitamin D from eggs and sardines.
Pairs Perfectly With: Vitamins A, E, and K.
Fun Fact: Many people from Denmark, Norway, and Sweden don’t get enough Vitamin D. During the winter, there’s only about 4-5 hours of sunlight per day—and that’s only if it’s not cloudy or rainy!
Vitamin E (AKA The Fountain of Youth)
Why You Need It: Vitamin E is also known as tocopherol. It’s an antioxidant that helps protect your body from free radicals, which harm your cells, tissues, and organs—and speed up the aging process!
You Know You Need Vitamin Vitamin E If You Have:
- Psoriasis or Dry, Flaky Skin
- Peeling, Cracked or Yellowing Nails
- Nerve Damage
- Muscle Weakness
- Vision Problems
Here’s Where You Find It: You can get Vitamin E from vegetable oils, margarine, nuts, seeds, and leafy greens like spinach, kale or romaine lettuce.
Pairs Perfectly With: Vitamins A, D, and K.
Fun Fact: Vitamin E is often used in skincare products! It’s great for wrinkles, softening the skin, strengthening your nails, nourishing cracked lips, and detoxifying the body.
The Body’s Band-Aid Is Vitamin K
Why You Need It: Vitamin K is a fat-soluble Vitamin and is essential in bone health and wound healing. It also makes proteins necessary for normal blood clotting.
You Know You Need Vitamin Vitamin K If You Have:
- Skin That Bruises Easily
- Excessive Bleeding From Wounds
- Heavy Menstrual Periods
- Blood In Your Urine