To ensure healthy living, the body produces some nutrients and vitamins by itself. However, there are other vitamins the body needs that it can’t produce. Vitamins are essential for growth, development, and cell function, and as a woman, you need to incorporate the following into your diet:
Iron increases red blood cell count in the body and it helps keep the blood healthy. Women who have heavy menstrual flow need more iron than others and should consider supplements. Iron deficiency has been known to cause anemia. Rich sources of iron include eggs, fish, meat, nuts, and dark leafy greens.
Calcium strengthens the bones and builds healthy muscles and nerves. Women must consume enough calcium in their youth because as they approach menopause, the body produces less estrogen. Less estrogen means more bone resorption in the body, leading to osteoporosis, heart diseases, and other such complications.
Vitamin A improves eyesight, skin health, and skeletal tissue. These translate to good posture, better locomotion, and clear skin for women. Foods rich in Vitamin A include eggs, carrots, citrus fruits, and dark leafy greens.
Magnesium supports hundreds of body functions, aids physical and cognitive development during pregnancy, and helps women 40 years+ develop strong bones and avoid osteoporosis. It also reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes by regulating blood pressure and blood glucose level.
Women who plan to get pregnant in the future, are currently pregnant or are breastfeeding need folates daily. It helps babies’ development and reduces the risk of Spinal Bifida or similar spinal problems. Folates are found in green beans, spinach, broccoli, sprouts, potatoes, and dark leafy greens. Folic acid supplements may be used to increase the daily intake of folates.
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