Skip Your Supplements If You Eat Your Vitamins Instead, Recommends Dr. Oz
According to Dr. Oz, the human body requires 40 essential vitamins and other nutrients on a daily basis to remain healthy. While supplements are often used to meet dietary needs, taking them can be inconvenient and costly.
“Getting your daily vitamins can be the key to a longer life, but if you can’t remember to take those pills every morning or don’t have the money, I’m going to show you how you can eat your daily vitamins,” says Dr. Oz as he introduces to viewers his vitamin cheat sheet that shows how you can get all the essential nutrients your body needs just from food.
To help viewers choose the essential vitamins that they can get from food rather than a pill, Dr. Oz recommends the following vitamins and their sources:
Essential vitamin #1: Vitamin A
“It’s hugely beneficial for folks who want to get rid of wrinkles,” says Dr. Oz as he tells viewers that vitamin A helps keep the skin taut by nourishing the skin and preventing inflammation―both of which are important to anti-aging.
Foods that you can eat that are rich in vitamin A are generally orange-colored foods Dr. Oz states as he recommends orange-colored foods like cantaloupe, carrots and sweet potatoes.
“Eat a large sweet potato for dinner or a cantaloupe for breakfast and either of those is fine. You can get your servings from just that alone,” says Dr. Oz.
Essential vitamin #2: B Vitamins
“For anyone who is really worried about their energy or their weight, this is really important to have in your list,” says Dr. Oz as he explains that B vitamins are crucial to supporting your metabolism, which in turn is crucial to maintaining your energy levels, fighting fatigue, and in controlling your weight.
Recommended foods for:
• Vitamin B3: Chicken
• Vitamin B6: Bananas and tuna
• Vitamin B12: Shrimp, sardines and salmon
Essential vitamin #3: Vitamin C
“Vitamin C is hugely valuable for fighting off the common cold. It’s also beneficial--we believe--in fighting off some cancers. Vitamin C most people correlate with orange juice and oranges…but it turns out that there are even better sources that are readily available,” says Dr. Oz telling his viewers that his recommendation for a richer food source of vitamin C is in papayas and kiwi fruit.
“These actually offer about 3 times more vitamin C than you would actually need to have in a single day, so it’s easy to get your vitamin C dose without taking a pill,” says Dr. Oz
Essential vitamin #4: Vitamin D
“Vitamin D is an interesting challenge,” says Dr. Oz “because it’s valuable for making your bones strong, keeping your immune system powerful, and it’s a natural mood booster as well.”
Dr. Oz explains that for improving the mood, vitamin D exerts its effects by raising the hormone serotonin levels in the brain. In fact, according to one study, low levels of vitamin D have been associated with depression and belly fat.
Dr. Oz recommends that if you cannot get your vitamin D from sunlight during the winter months that you can also get it in foods like egg yolks or 2 cups of milk.
Essential vitamin #5: Vitamin E
“It’s for anyone who wants to look younger and feel younger,” says Dr. Oz. However, he points out that vitamin E is also beneficial in that it repairs damaged skin from sunburn, and that studies have shown that people who normally eat sources of vitamin E have lower incidences of Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Oz’s recommendation for rich sources of vitamin E to eat for your daily dose is 2 ounces of either sunflower seeds or almonds.
For more recommendations of foods to eat for your daily vitamins, Dr. Oz’s cheat sheet can be found on his website.
For an informative article about vitamins that every woman over the age of 35 should be taking, follow the link to an article titled, “Dr. Oz Discusses the 4 Vitamins Every Woman Over 35 Needs Today.”
To learn about the potential dangers of taking vitamin injections, follow this link to an article titled, “Vitamin Injection Therapy Benefits and Risks That You Need to Know.”
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Reference: The Dr. Oz Show— “Eat Your Daily Vitamins”