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“Here are 10 vitamins you should be consuming daily…”
Said every health/wellness website ever, only to leave regular people like you and I to add maybe 1 or 2 to our diets.
As a writer, this isn’t exactly good news but in truth, I can’t say I’m surprised.
So, instead of bombarding you with 10 vitamins you’ll read and forget, here’s 3 that you probably have never heard of mixed with a little humor and personality, in the hopes that whilst you may ignore, you won’t forget.
Lentils, legumes, what exactly are these things?
For the longest time I wasn’t sure either, until I longed for something to snack on that was M&M-sized and more nutritious than avocados.
In simple terms, lentils are legumes, which are seeds.
Known for being the best source of folate and dozens of other vitamins/minerals, it’s about time we jumped on the lentil bandwagon.
According to Medical News Today, “folate is one of the B-vitamins and is needed to make red and white blood cells in the bone marrow and produce DNA“.
Furthermore, it’s helpful for maintaining a healthy heart and combating depression.
If a nutrient grenade the size of an M&M doesn’t do it for you, other great sources include beans, egg yolks and asparagus.
You can’t forget this one, just think apartment numbers.
Let’s start with a little perspective for this vitamin. Of the 37.2 trillion cells in our body, not a single one doesn’t use B12 for metabolism.
If not for yourself, do it for the little soldiers keeping you alive.
This vitamin is especially important because our bodies don’t naturally produce it and it’s not stored for long, meaning it must be consumed daily.
A B12 deficiency, according to John Hopkins Medicine, leads to “weak muscles, trouble walking, nausea, irritability, fatigue and increased heart rate.”
On the other hand, if you’re consuming enough B12, you’d know it.
Kaitlyn Berkheiser in her article for Heathline explains, “benefits include a healthy heart, healthy skin, hair, nails and an energy boost.”
Finally, this vitamin can be found naturally in animal products such as fish, eggs, milk and milk products.
COENZYME Q10 (CoQ10)
Just look at it, isn’t that terrifying?
For the forgetful readers I mentioned above, they would definitely stop reading after this headline (partly why it’s last).
Chances are you consume more than enough of this vitamin but if I can get you to eat more healthy food by mentioning the benefits, it’s a win-win.
Of the benefits I found, the unforgettable ones include, “improving brain health and preventing as well as treating migraines.”
Not much thought is put into the health of our brains (pun intended) and that may be the cause for such a high deficiency percentage. That was a joke.
Once again, lentils make an appearance as a great food source but other great sources include broccoli, oranges and sesame seeds.
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- Slowiczek, Lindsay. “7 Ingredients Your Multivitamin Should Have, According to Experts.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 2018, www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/best-vitamins-to-take-daily#8.
- “10 Essential Vitamins Your Body Needs.” Comvita, www.comvita.com/blog-article/10-essential-vitamins-your-body-needs/4100544.
- Ware, Megan. “Folate: Health Benefits and Recommended Intake.” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 26 June 2018, www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/287677.php.
- Gavin, Jessica. “What Are Lentils? Nutrition and Varieties.” Jessica Gavin, 14 Mar. 2019, www.jessicagavin.com/what-are-lentils/.
- Berkheiser, Kaitlyn. “9 Health Benefits of Vitamin B12, Based on Science.” Healthline, Healthline Media, www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-b12-benefits.