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Why Do We Need to Take Vitamins in Winter?

Dra. Janeth Romero | Porqué tomar vitaminas en invierno
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We often wonder if it is necessary to take vitamins in winter, and if so, which vitamins we should take.

There are many vitamins that, when consumed, help us stay more vital and energetic.

Vitamins are essential for keeping us healthy. They contribute to good health by not only regulating metabolism but also aiding in the biochemical processes that release energy from the foods we digest.

When we feel tired, don't sleep well, or get frequent colds, it may indicate a deficiency in vitamins like A, B, C, D, and E. If this happens, it's important to pay attention to what foods we're not consuming or consider starting to take a vitamin supplement to provide the body with the vitamins it needs. If you want to know more, schedule a consultation here.

Each vitamin has a specific function in our body. For instance, B vitamins can help with our mood, vitamin D is essential for maintaining healthy bones and muscles, and vitamin C is important for boosting our immune system.

It's important to note that the best way to get vitamins for our bodies is through food or sunlight (like vitamin D). It's beneficial to take vacations in sunny areas and sunbathe with the necessary precautions. In the next blog post, I'll discuss foods that can help improve mood, maintain stable vitamin D levels, or keep the immune system balanced.

Vitamin B

The B vitamins are several. When we talk about the B-complex vitamin, it means the combination of all the B vitamins such as:

  • B1 (Thiamine)

  • B2 (Riboflavin)

  • B3 (Niacin)

  • B5 (Pantothenic Acid)

  • B6 (Pyridoxine)

  • Biotin

  • Folic Acid

  • B12

  • Some also include choline and inositol.

Vitamin B1

Also known as Thiamine, this vitamin is a member of the B-complex vitamins. It dissolves in water and is excreted quickly, making it easy to become deficient in these vitamins. One of its functions is to act as a coenzyme in converting glucose into energy in nerves and muscles.

Vitamin B2

Also known as Riboflavin, it is part of the B-complex vitamins and also dissolves in water. Its function is to act as a coenzyme in converting proteins, fats, and sugars into energy. This vitamin is needed to repair and maintain body tissues and mucous membranes.

Vitamin B6

Also known as Pyridoxine, it is another member of the B-complex vitamins and dissolves in water. It is needed for the formation of brain chemicals, transmission of nerve impulses, formation of blood, energy production, and supporting mood.

Vitamin B12

Also known as Cobalamin, it is a member of the B-complex vitamins and dissolves in water. It is known as the anti-pernicious anemia vitamin. This vitamin requires a special mechanism using specific proteins in the stomach called intrinsic factor and calcium for absorption from foods and oral supplements. To learn more, read about the 7 recommendations for good sleep.

Vitamin D

It dissolves in fat. This vitamin is known as 1,25-dihydroxy, which is produced by the liver and kidneys from food or by the skin stimulated by sunlight. The active form of this vitamin promotes the absorption of calcium and phosphate from food. It is beneficial for bone formation in children and adults.


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