Isn’t it great that so much of what is good for optimal health, comes from great tasting foods? Pick a pineapple and you get Vitamin C, add tomato to your meal and you get the antioxidant lycopene, buy an avo for some Vitamin B6 and magnesium; the list is endless.
Four important vitamins we need are A, D, E and K. What makes them different from other vitamins is that they are fat soluble, meaning they are taken up into our bodies by buddying up with dietary fat.
Here’s the rundown on what they do and how to get them:
Vitamin A plays a role in immune function, vision and also acts as an antioxidant. You can find its various forms in fish, meat, carrots, mango and green leafy vegetables.
Vitamin D is a shining star when it comes to healthy bone development and has also been shown to play a part in heart and brain health. Heading out into the sun for a few minutes is the best way to get a good dose of it, but you can also find a little in dairy, fatty fish and eggs.
Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant, protecting our cells from damage. You’ll find it in nuts, nut oils, plant oils, some green leafy vegetables, avo and kiwifruit.
Vitamin K plays a role in blood clotting and can be found in green leafy vegetables. Smaller amounts are also in cheese, eggs and butter.
The best way to get all these in is to have as varied a diet as possible, so mix and match your foods as often as you can.
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