All of us need a certain set of essential minerals and vitamins that are critical for our bodies to work their best. In particular, there are 15 minerals and 14 vitamins that are known to have a significant impact on our quality of life. For most people, this can be really hard to keep track of. Not only do you have to remember what foods contain which vitamin, but also assess whether or not there is a need for additional supplements.
We have listed the most significant vitamins and their impact on the body. However, if you are worried about your or your loved one’s vitamin impact, it is important to consult your doctor for personalized advice and recommendations.
Vitamin A’s main functions are related to your immune system, reproduction, and vision. On top of this, it is also a crucial vitamin for many of your different organs to work properly. They are best obtained from dairy, poultry, and meats. On top of this, many fruits and yellow vegetables also contain a large amount of betacarotene, which is also a type of vitamin A.
Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium which is important for bone health. On top of this, the immune system, nerves, and muscles all benefit from sufficient supplies of vitamin D. Unlike other types of vitamins, you are able to get some when your skin is exposed to sunlight. On top of this, fatty fish, beef liver, and egg yolks also contain vitamins.
Vitamin E is a type of antioxidant, meaning that it helps to protect your body from free radicals that are formed from harmful compounds. On top of this, it is also able to support your immune system and help prevent blood clotting. Our cells are heavily reliant on this vitamin for crucial processes. Luckily, they can be found in many vegetable oils as well as nuts and seeds like almonds and sunflower seeds.
Vitamin K is crucial in ensuring that our blood is able to clot. This makes it imperative for wound care or when recovering from major wounds. The vitamin can be found in most green, leafy vegetables as well as many fish, meat, liver, cereals, and eggs.
If you or your loved one are struggling to provide nutritious meals every day, it might be time to ask for help. Here at The Park at Oak Grove, we understand that many older adults may not have the ability to cook or purchase delicious and healthy meals every single day, this is why in our senior assisted living community, we offer a restaurant-style dining program that is specially curated by our chefs each day. On top of this, we also have many different exclusive senior living programs that are targeted at helping our residents enjoy the best life possible.
For more information, contact us today and our senior living coordinators will be better able to advise and help you find the best living option for you or your loved one.