Our bodies need a range of vitamins and minerals in order to function optimally, and food sources are always the best way to get them.
If you eat a well balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, protein, fiber, and certain fortified foods like milk and bread, you are probably getting enough of everything and don’t need to worry.
But let’s be honest, shall we? It’s not that easy to eat healthfully. Who among us hasn’t had a few all night junk food and booze benders, or sustained themselves through an entire holiday season on fancy chocolates and egg nog?
If you’ve ever had to stop and think about how long ago you last ate fruit, you’re going to want to supplement with a vitamin. That’s cool, we got you. Following are the most important nutrients to make sure you get enough of.
1. Beta Carotene
Beta carotene is an antioxidant that converts to vitamin A in the body. You need vitamin A to maintain a robust immune system, healthy eyes, and clear skin. Get your fill through a diet rich in things like sweet potatoes, green peppers, and carrots (though this will not improve your night vision, contrary to popular belief).
One note of caution, though – taking in too much beta carotene in the form of supplements could up your risk of certain cancers and lung disease, especially if you’re a smoker. There is no set RDA for beta-carotene, only for vitamin A (3,000 IU for men and 2,300 IU for women). That can make it tough to select the right strength supplement.