We know that Vitamin C helps protect the immune system and is thought of to help cure the common cold. Vitamin B12 has been touted lately as providing energy and helps prevent certain kinds of anemia, while Vitamin A aids in healthy bone growth. One of the more popular vitamins, vitamin D comes from the sun and is praised for its ability to help keep bones and teeth healthy, along with the ability to protect against cancer, multiple sclerosis and other diseases. These vitamins are routinely mentioned when it comes to health and nutrition. But there is another vitamin that is often overlooked. It, too, has a number of health benefits.
Vitamin E gets its health powers from its antioxidant properties. These properties are what fight free radicals in the body that can damage cells and cause you to get sick. Vitamin E boosts your immunity, helping you fight off illnesses, reduce your risk of cancer, and lower your cholesterol. Want to enjoy the benefits of this powerful vitamin? You’ll have to start chowing down foods that contain fat – the good kind of fats. These include fruits, nuts, fish, and dark, leafy greens.
Fruits and Veggies: These include kiwi, butternut squash, avocado, broccoli, and spinach. Many of these also provide other health benefits including a dose of fiber and memory boosting benefits.
Nuts: Eating raw almonds and peanuts or roasted sunflower seeds can also give you a serving of protein, which builds strong muscles. Make sure you are eating nuts that are not “enhanced” with sweet or salty flavors.
Fish: Rainbow trout and salmon are good sources of vitamin D. If you don’t like fishy tastes, try shellfish. These options include shrimp, oysters, and crayfish.
Protect yourself against free radicals by adding these foods into your diet. To learn more about foods that contain healthy nutrients, check out our Food for Thought category on the blog.
Please consult your doctor before changing your diet. This article is for informational purposes only.