What Vitamins Do I Need For Optimum Health?

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What vitamins do I need? It’s a common question, and vitamins and mineral supplements are a helpful alternative for those who do not get proper nutrition in their daily diet.

All in all, it is recommended that a person eats a balanced diet containing all essential nutrients.

Some essential vitamins and mineral supplements are not only good for your overall health but can also benefit your skin, reports SiliconIndia.com.

B vitamins, meanwhile, are instrumental in maintaining the well-being of your hair.

Biotin (Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H) is found in swiss chard, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, carrots, almonds, and eggs.

Onions, cabbage, cucumbers, cauliflower, goat's milk, cow's milk, raspberries,  strawberries, halibut, oats, and walnuts are also a reliable source of B vitamins.

Biotin prevents hair from falling out, as a dietary deficiency of Biotin can result in more severe hair loss including eyelashes and eyebrows.

Poor nutrition is one of the most common causes of hair loss that is easier to treat and get over with.

Technically, inositol is not a vitamin in so far as it can be synthesized by the body; however it is crucial for maintaining hair health, SiliconIndia reports.

There are a number of foods in which inositol can be found, including cereals with a high bran content, cantaloupe, melons, and oranges.

Inositol is known for helping the hair maintain its moisture content. Wheat germ, poultry, meat, and fish all contain Niacin (Vitamin B3) which enhances circulation for a healthy scalp. Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) inhibits the graying of hair. Whole grains, egg yolks, and organ meats are good sources of vitamin B5. The color of your hair is determined by the level of vitamin B6 you have in your system. Whole grains, eggs, and organ meats and many vegetables are rich in vitamin B6. Hair loss can be prevented by eating plenty foods containing Vitamin B12 which includes chicken, eggs, milk, and fish, reports SiliconIndia. Meanwhile, a new study from France finds that adults who took vitamin and mineral supplements for almost a decade performed better on one type of memory test than those who didn't take the supplements. The researchers say the findings suggest that getting enough nutrients could aid thinking and memory skills as people get older. But further studies are needed to confirm the results and the “results have to be considered carefully,” the researchers wrote in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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