Today’s woman is more health-conscious and alert about their nutritional needs. Women of all age, height, weight, and activity level have at least one thing in common i.e. the proper functioning of our body require certain nutrients that our bodies don’t create and nutritional needs change with each life stage.
For instance, for childbearing women an adequate intake of folic acid is essential t prevent birth defects and when women goes through menopause, they need more of calcium and vitamin D to keep bones strong. A vitamin deficiency can show the way to serious health problems.
Many women in every age group are at risk of vitamin deficiencies. So, let’s look at some essential vitamins for women:
Found in apricots, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, guava, kale, papaya, peach, pumpkin, red peppers, spinach, tomatoes, and watermelon, is converted into Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is important for the building and strengthening of bones, soft tissue, skin and mucous membranes. Other carotenoid compounds also have antioxidant properties, including alpha-carotene (found in carrots, cantaloupe, and pumpkin), gamma-carotene (found in apricots and tomatoes) and lycopene (found in tomatoes, watermelon and guava).
Vitamin C: Sources of vitamin C are broccoli, grapefruit and grapefruit juice, kiwi, oranges, pepper, potato, strawberries and tomatoes. Vitamin C boosts levels of the brain chemical noradrenalin. Vitamin C also known as ascorbic acid is important in wound healing and plays a role in the formation of red blood cells.
Vitamin E: Food sources for vitamin E include margarine, corn oil, cod-liver oil, hazelnuts, peanut butter, safflower oil, sunflower seeds and wheat germ. Vitamin also known as tocopherol plays a key role in the formation of red blood cells and in the maintenance of cell membranes. Vitamin E might even slow age-related changes. Remember intake of too much vitamin E daily increases the risk of bleeding.
All B vitamins are important to women’s health especially vitamins B6, B12, as they are essential to brain function, red blood cell formation, and building DNA. Vitamin B6 and B12 also known as pyridoxine is important for metabolism and for brain function. Anaemia is one of the most common consequences of vitamin B6 and B12 deficiency.