Performance Nutrition

Vitamins Are The Key

By Gabriel Mooney, MS, RDN, LD

If we quiet our minds for just a moment, we can probably hear our mother reminding us to eat our vegetables because they have lots of vitamins. We may have cried, rolled our eyes, screamed, stomped our feet, or smiled because we knew our mother was right and only wanted the best for us. While mom may not have been able to write this article, she was correct. We need our vitamins.

Our body cannot produce enough vitamins for itself. In fact, it can produce very few. Vitamins are only needed in minute amounts. They are absent of calories and are only a baker’s dozen in number. Yet vitamins are key players in hormone function, immune function, body growth, and energy. They play a critical role in mineral metabolism, tissue repair, detoxifying our body, and even transporting nutrients throughout the body.

As you can see, these little guys are important and deserve to be talked about. While I could take up two pages of the paper with each of the thirteen vitamins, I will concentrate on only four for now.

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