10 Important Vitamins for Women, & Why You Probably Need These in Your Life

One of the biggest struggles I face, especially in college, is trying to maintain a healthy diet. Even if you carefully select the foods that you eat, research shows that many women still experience at least one type of nutrient deficiency, if not more. While special multivitamins are useful in combating this problem, it can be hard to decide which vitamins are right for you depending on your specific needs. So, if you’re looking for more info to help you know what to look for, this list breaks down some of the top supplements for women and why they’re so important.

 

1: Antioxidant Vitamins (A, C, and E)

 Functions:

              -preventing illness

              -fighting signs of aging

              -preventing skin cancer

              -protecting your vision

 

2: Vitamin D

Functions:

            -keeping your bones/skeleton healthy

            -assisting brain functions

            -preventing mood disorders and hormonal imbalance

 

3: Vitamin K

Functions:

            -assisting blood clotting

            -preventing heart disease (the #1 cause of death in American women!)

 

4: Vitamin B12

Functions:

            -preventing fatigue

            -boosting cognitive functions

 

5: Magnesium

Functions:

            -fighting leg cramps/muscle spasms

            -preventing anxiety

            -helping digestive issues

 

6: Omega-3 Fish Oils/Fatty Acids

Functions:

            -preventing conditions like arthritis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and depression

 

7: Calcium

Functions:

            -promoting bone strength

            -regulating heart rhythms

            -aiding in muscle functions

            -controlling blood pressure/cholesterol levels

            -assisting in nerve signaling

 

8: Folate

Functions:

            -creating new cells (essential if you become pregnant!)

 

9: Iron

Functions:

            -helping prevent anemia due to blood loss (especially important if you have heavy periods!)

            -fighting fatigue

 

10: Iodine

Functions:

            -assisting thyroid hormone function

            -promoting breast health

 

Hope this helps!           

 

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