*Disclaimer: most vitamins and minerals are good for ALL of
- Vitamin C: helps make collagen, allows iron to be
absorbed, and acts as a neurotransmitter co-factor (helps in
the process of creating and sending messages).
- Vitamin E: antioxidant, it traps up free radicals so they don’t
damage cells in important organs.
- Beta-Carotene: a pre-cursor to Vitamin A (this happens in your
liver). Vitamin A works with proteins in your eyes to create
light-sensitive molecules to aid in color vision and seeing in dim
- Zinc: helps Vitamin A know where it’s needed in the body and
helps it get there.
- Selenium: helps the body absorb Vitamin E.
- Calcium: vital for muscle and nerve conduction (think
No lone rangers here!
Many foods are fortified in modern countries and have vitamins
added to them that may not be naturally occurring in the raw
ingredients. If you’re eating a well balanced diet and still
deficient in something, take a supplement of the thing you’re
deficient in, not a whole multi-vitamin. If you’re getting
regular check-ups with your doctor, they should be testing for many
things, including many vitamin levels, to check for
Being “tired” isn’t always fixed by taking vitamins.
Depending on what nutrient is missing to cause anemia, the red
blood cells will have a certain appearance.
Some vitamins are fat soluble. They hang out in your adipose
tissue, and can cause problems if you get them in too large