Tuesday, February 22, 2022
With today's hectic lifestyles it's not always easy to maintain the ideal version of ourselves, especially given everyday stresses such as work and family life. Here we take a look at vitamin supplements, what they do, and how they can help you.
Firstly there are two types of vitamins to consider - fat-soluble and water-soluble. Fat-soluble vitamins can be mainly found in animal-based foods, for example, dairy, eggs, liver, fish and oils. Typically these types of vitamins are found in fattier foods. These types of vitamins don't need to be consumed every day as your body stores and retain them for future use. They are commonly known as Vitamin A, D, E and K.
Secondly, there are water-soluble vitamins, these are needed much more frequently as they are not stored like fat-solubles. Water solubles can be found in a variety of foods, but most commonly, fruit, vegetables, potatoes, milk and dairy-based foods. These types of vitamins can be harder to get enough of as they can be destroyed easily. For example, heat can destroy some of these vitamins when cooking, which is why it is sometimes advisable to steam or grill foods rather than boiling them. These types of vitamins are commonly known as Vitamin C, B and folic acid.
A person can typically get all the vitamins they need just by eating a balanced diet. However, certain groups of people may be more in need of vitamins, for example, pregnant women or children.