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5 Best Vitamins For Your Body As You Grow Older And Foods You Can Get Them From

When humans start ageing, certain changes in the form of health challenges often start appearing and in many instances, such changes are undesirable ones. These changes could be in the form of health issues such as problems with the eyes, joints and bones, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, etc. However, many of these health challenges can be mitigated by practising a good and healthy lifestyle that would involve the consumption of a balanced diet and avoidance of 'bad' lifestyle choices such as smoking and excessive alcohol intake.

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Seeing as diet plays a huge role in the functioning of the human body, it is especially important for people as they get older to ensure they get enough of certain vitamins via their diets to avoid some of the negative impacts that the absence of such nutrients could have on the body. With that in mind, we would be looking at some vitamins that your body would need as you get older, what roles those vitamins play in your body, as well as the best food source for each of the vitamins.

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1. Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for your well-being as you age because it helps to support skeletal health by building and protecting bones. It is also known to reduce the risk of health issues such as cognitive decline, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes.

Best foods for meeting your dietary vitamin D requirements include oily fish such as salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel, red meat, liver, egg yolks and fortified breakfast cereals.

2. Vitamin-B Complex

Vitamin B contains numerous vitamins including folate, niacin, biotin, and riboflavin. These vitamins are required by the body for healthy nerve function, heart health, blood pressure and prevention of brain disorders.

You can get an ample supply of your body's vitamin B requirement from foods such as beans, meat, poultry, milk, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

3. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the most essential vitamins required by the body due to the huge role it plays in the immune system and metabolism. Its intake is linked to the prevention of cataracts and decreased vision loss which is often characterised by age-related macular degeneration.

You can derive vitamin C from foods including citrus fruit, such as oranges and orange juice, peppers, strawberries, broccoli and potatoes.

4. Vitamin E

As you age, your skin and eyes may show obvious evidence of ageing, and your body's natural defence against illness and infection may become weakened. However, vitamin E can help prevent all the issues listed above and make your immune system stronger.

You can derive vitamin E from foods including nuts, pumpkin, red bell pepper, sunflower seeds, salmon, and mango.

5. Vitamin A

Vitamin A would help your vision, keep your skin and the lining of some parts of the body including the nose healthy, and ensure your body's immune system is better equipped to fight off infections and diseases.

You can meet your body's dietary vitamin A requirement from foods such as cheese, eggs, milk, yoghurt, oily fish, liver, carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli and spinach.

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Source: Nhs.uk.

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