A major factor to overall health and achieving ideal body weight can be attributed to getting enough daily vitamins and minerals.
In every-day life, your health is going to be better if you are getting enough vitamins and nutrients as part of a well-balanced diet. When you’re trying to lose weight, vitamins are even more important to help your body function. Things like appetite, hunger, calorie-burning, metabolism of fats and sugars, and so on will operate more efficiently with intake of vitamins.
All vitamins work together to help maintain ideal health and weight. It may be a good idea to supplement your diet with a multi-vitamin or other vitamins. The vitamins that are most important for aiding in weight loss are: Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Choline (part of B-complex), Inositol (part of B-complex), and Vitamin C. Note: You can find the B vitamins in a dietary supplement called a Super B-Complex: Metabolism Support.
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Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Vitamin B2 is important for normal thyroid function and metabolism. You can find good sources of it in milk, liver, kidney, almonds, hard cheese, eggs, wheatgerm, leafy green vegetables and Marmite.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Vitamin B3 is also essential for normal thyroid hormone production. It is also part of the tolerance factor (GTF) which is released every time blood sugar rises. Good food sources of Vitamin B3 include: Wheat bran, liver, tuna, turkey, chicken, meat, eggs, mackerel, salmon, oats, barley, wheatflakes, cheese, dried fruit, and brown rice.
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
A deficiency of Vitamin B5 interferes with your capacity to utilise fats. It also aids in energy production and adrenal function. You can find Vitamin B5 in liver and kidney, meat, poultry, nuts, wheatflakes, wheat bran, wheatgerm, eggs, molasses, oats, barley, beans, wholegrain bread, and green vegetables.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
This vitamin regulates the production of thyroid hormone and metabolism. Good food sources include: brewers yeast, wheat bran, wheatgerm, oats, sardines, mackerel, poultry, beef, avacodo, bananas, brown rice, cabbage, dried fruit, molasses, and eggs.
Choline is a member of the Vitamin B complex, but is not a real vitamin as it is made in the liver. Choline is necessary for efficient fat metabolism. A deficiency of Choline leads to fats becoming trapped in the liver. Choline can be found in: lecithin, beef liver, beef heart, egg yolks, wheatgerm, cauliflower, cucumber, and peanuts.
Also a member of the Vitamin B complex, Inositol is manufactured inside the body. Inositol works with Choline to assist in fat metabolism. Sources of Inositol can be found in: lecithin, beef heart, beef liver, wheatgerm, soy, eggs, citrus fruits, wholegrains, and nuts.
Vitamin C provides a range of of health benefits which includes proper conversion of glucose to energy in the cells. Good sources can be found in blackcurrants, broccoli, green peppers, kiwi fruits, brussel sprouts, lemons, oranges, strawberries, and cabbage.