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12 Important Vitamins Your Body Needs

These vitamins are important to your overall wellbeing. Here's how to eat more of the foods they can be found in.

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Important Vitamins and What They Do

Vitamins are essential nutrients, all responsible for their own specialized functions. Here’s your essential guide to what some important vitamins do for your body, how they help maintain your health, and where you can find them in food.

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Vitamin A

This fat-soluble vitamin maintains healthy skin and bones, and aids immune function. A form of vitamin A knowns as beta-carotene is a cell-protecting antioxidant. Look for beta-carotene in orange- and red-colored foods like sweet potatoes and carrots. Other sources of vitamin A include milk, meat and cheese.

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Thiamin

Also known as vitamin B1, this water-soluble vitamin is most often found in fortified grains, legumes and pork. Thiamin plays an important role in using carbohydrates for energy and keeping your nervous system functioning properly.

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Riboflavin

Riboflavin is also known as vitamin B2. It is plentiful in a wide range of foods including eggs, whole grains, fortified cereals, dairy and beans. Riboflavin aids the body in using carbs and fats for energy. Water-soluble vitamins like B2 and several others aren’t stored well by the body so daily intake of these foods is the best way to ensure you're getting enough vitamin B2.

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