Think you know your vitamins? Test your skills and find out if you’ve achieved total health or if you should be in the hospital recuperating.
Score: 9-10, you’re the paragon of perfect health; 7-8, you’re rarely sick because if you catch a sniffle you down vitamin C like candy; 5-6, if your mate gives you vitamins you take them, otherwise you forget; 3-4, you watched John Stossel on 20/20, and you believe vitamins aren’t beneficial to anyone, let alone you; and 1-2, you get all the vitamins you need from chocolate ice cream, potato chips, and Snicker bars.
- Vitamin B12 is the only B vitamin that is not essential.
- Vitamin C is among the least stable vitamins, but it stimulates the immune system and helps maintain healthy blood vessels.
- Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine” vitamin because the only place you can acquire vitamin D is from the sun.
- Vitamin E was discovered in 1922 when rats were fed a diet minus vitamin E, and they became infertile.
- Vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin that helps blood clotting or coagulation.
- B vitamins are all water soluble, needed daily by the body, and are commonly found together in foods.
- Vitamin F is known as essential fatty acids.
- Vitamin P is mainly found in the rind of fruits or their juices.
- Vitamin B9or folic acid is found in any white food, such as cauliflower, turnips, onions, and so forth.
- Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin and is needed for eyesight, growth and tissue healing, healthy skin, and regulating genetic processes.
- False. Vitamin B12 is essential, but required in smaller amounts than the other B vitamins, and it’s also the only vitamin that contains an essential mineral—cobalt. This vitamin is found in many animal protein foods—oily fish, crab, scallops, oysters, shrimp, dairy products, and eggs—as well as soy or miso. Additionally, if you become deficient in vitamin B12 and don’t correct the situation it can lead to permanent problems with the nervous system that cannot be corrected by B12 supplementation.
- True. Besides stimulating the immune system and maintaining healthy blood vessels, Vitamin C also reduces back pain, stimulates a slow metabolism, and reduces inflammation associated with inflamed vertebral discs.
- False. While it’s true you can acquire vitamin D from the sun, it’s not the only source. You can also get vitamin D from plants and animal sources. However, plant sources are not as good as animal sources. True. Although the test did show rats became infertile without vitamin E, the question still remains as to whether or not Vitamin E is actually needed for fertility. Today we know vitamin E functions primarily as an antioxidant.
- True. The best source of this vitamin is found in our own bodies and made by intestinal bacteria. Antibiotics can reduce the amount of vitamin K in our bodies, as can aspirin, air pollution, X-rays, and consumption of frozen foods and rancid fats or oils.
- True. B vitamins also have similar coenzyme functions and perform more optimally with one another. Some can be made by the body, but the food containing the most number of B vitamins is brewer’s yeast.
- True. While it’s known as essential fatty acids, there’s questions as to if it’s essential or not, and, in fact, it’s usually not even categorized as a vitamin.
- False. Vitamin P is actually found in the edible portion of fruit and was discovered in 1936 by a Hungarian scientists named Dr. Albert Szent-Györgyi. Vitamin P or bioflavonoids are indirectly and directly involved in maintaining collagen health.
- False. Vitamin B9 (also known as folic acid) aids in red blood cell production and is critical to brain function. It is found in in abundance in green leafy vegetables not white ones. So, spinach, beet greens, mustard greens, and kale are excellent sources. You can also find this vitamin in beets, broccoli, asparagus, liver, brewer’s yeast, lima beans, artichokes, sweet potatoes, mung sprouts, and garbanzo beans.
- True. Vitamin A also provides antioxidant effects, lowers a person’s risk of cancer, and optimizes white blood cell functions.