Most of us have heard about the big health benefits of vitamin C and maybe the skin nourishing properties of vitamin E. But what about all the other vitamins that scientists are currently aware of? What do they all do?
Vitamin AVitamin A is an antioxidant vitamin so it works hard destroying the cell-damaging free radicals in your body, helping to keep you looking and feeling young. It’s essential for vision, skin and a healthy immune system. Vitamin A is found in liver and dairy products. There isn’t actually any vitamin A in carrots, but along with other yellow and orange vegetables, carrots contain beta-carotene, which your body can turn into vitamin A.
B VitaminsScientists used to think there was just one vitamin known as B, but now we now there are lots of them. You can find the important B vitamins in all sorts of foods, many of which you’ll eat regularly as part of your everyday diet.
- Vitamin B1 is good for your heart and nervous system, and you’ll find plenty in whole grains, flour and bread and many meats
- Vitamin B2 is good for growing bodies and essential in helping your body release energy from food. Its in eggs, liver and green vegetables
- Vitamin B3 is important in building the structure of the skin. Its in bread, liver and yeast extract
- Vitamin B5 is essential for the production of red bloods cells in your body. You can get your supply from chicken, eggs, beef, broccoli, tomatoes and potatoes
- Vitamin B6 is necessary for a healthy nervous system and blood function. You’ll be eating up plenty when you go for fish, chicken, or eggs
- Vitamin B12 helps you release energy from food and is important for the production of red blood cells. Its in fish, dairy produce, meat and yeast extract