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A - Z of Vitamins & Supplements

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Vitamins A, C & E

Vitamin A -  also known as retinol, helps form and maintain healthy teeth, bones, soft tissue, mucus membranes and skin. Vitamin A helps the body's natural defence against illness and infection work properly and helps promotes good vision. Foods rich in Vitamin A: Beef Liver, Eggs, Butter, Broccoli, Spinach, Kale, Sweet Potato and Carrots, Cheese, Oily fish, Milk and Yogurt. You can get Vitamin A by including good sources of Beta-carotene in your diet.

Beta-carotene is a red-orange pigment found in: Apricots, Asparagus, Broccoli, Grapefruit, Sweet Potatoes, Squash, Kale, Ketchup, Dandelion leaves, Chilli Powder, Oregano, paprika, Parsley, Carrots, Onions, Chives, Peas, Pumpkin, Plums, Peppers and Chinese Cabbage.

Health Advice: If you are pregnant or considering having a baby you should seek advice about your Vitamin A intake with your doctor.

Vitamin C - also called ascorbic acid, is an antioxidant that promotes healthy teeth and gums. It helps the body absorb iron and maintain healthy tissue. It also promotes wound healing.

Vitamin C: Foods rich in Vitamin C: Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Red and Green Peppers, Tomatoes, Kale, Mustard Greens, Chards, Citrus Fruits, Papaya, Strawberries

Vitamin E helps maintain healthy skin and eyes, and strengthen the body's natural defence against illness and infection. Good sources of vitamin E include: Vegetable oils, corn oil, soya oil, olive oil, Margarine, Nuts and seeds and Leafy greens. Vitamin E is also found in cereals and cereal products. Most people should be able to get all the Vitamin E needed from their diet and excess Vitamin E is stored in the body for future use.


Vitamin A - Vitamins for Flu: Vitamin A is a natural antiviral agent that is necessary for your immune system to work properly. The cells that line your airways and intestines work as a barrier to defend against viruses such as the flu. Vitamin A helps maintain those barriers by developing and maintaining your white blood cell count, fighting infections and viruses. The recommended daily intake of vitamin A ranges from 700 to 900mcg for adults. Eat plenty of foods rich in vitamin A such as spinach, eggs or mangoes or take the vitamin as a supplement.

Vitamin C - Vitamins for Flu: Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid. The antioxidants found in vitamin C boost your immune system and may help shorten the duration of your flu. Vitamin C is found in oranges and other citrus fruits, as well as various juices, and can also be taken as a supplement.

Vitamin E - Vitamins for Flu: Vitamin E is an antioxidant that stimulates natural killer cells to fight germs.  Although there is no cure for the flu virus, vitamin E can help protect you by increasing the body's production of B-cells, which help your immune system make the antibodies it needs to destroy bacteria. Ingest 60-100 milligrams of vitamin E daily through foods such as sunflower and other seeds, vegetable oils and grains. You can also take vitamin E as a supplement.

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