A Quick Guide to the Top Vitamins and Supplements

A human body has certain nutritious needs that are different for every individual. Some are iron deficient; some needs calcium and so on…If the deficiency is not very severe, it can be taken care of by consuming the required nutrient in the form of daily meals. However if the person is almost drained of any essential nutrient, he/she needs to take the appropriate health supplement.

Almost every human is deficient in at least one nutrient. The important thing here is that you don’t take any supplements on your own. While an internal medicine doctor is the right person to tell you which nutrients your body is deficient of and what supplements should you take to overcome the deficiency; following is a brief guide on the five most important nutrients.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B12 is vital for healthy nerves and blood cells. People over the age of 50 are mostly deficient in Vitamin B12. This is due to the natural decline in the acidic juices in the stomach of a person over 50. As a result, they are unable to absorb Vitamin B12 contained in food.

Vitamin B12 is mostly bounded to protein and the acidic juices present in a human’s stomach helps break the bond between the two nutrients. Since the quantity of natural stomach acids starts declining after the age of 40, the bond between protein and Vitamin B12 weakens, which makes their absorption in the body difficult.  The synthetic form of Vitamin B12 and its supplements are not bound to protein and therefore do not require the natural acidic juices for absorption.

Folic Acid

Folic acid is perhaps the most important nutrient during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. It strengthens the baby and reduces the risk of certain birth defects in the baby. Since most pregnancies in Clermont are unplanned, women who are bound to conceive are recommended to take 400 micrograms of synthetic folic acid.

Folic acid is present in almost all the enriched grains and cereals. However if a woman is limiting/eliminating these foods from her daily diet, it is important that she compensate it in another form. Make sure you consult an internal medicine doctor to know exactly how much folic acid your body needs.

Vitamin D and Calcium

Calcium is important for every age and gender. Proper intake of calcium before the age of 30 decreases the risk of osteoporosis that is very common in people over the age of 30. Now how much calcium your body makes depends how much vitamin D you have in your body.

No matter how much calcium you take, an adequate amount of Vitamin D is required to absorb it in the body. The easiest and most cost effective way of making Vitamin D is to expose your skin to sunlight. If your skin is sensitive or allergic to sunlight, consult an internal medicine doctor in Clermont and have him prescribe any synthetic form of Vitamin D for you.

Deficiency of any nutrient is unhealthy and so is an excess of it. Make sure you consult an internal medicine doctor before taking any supplements.

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