Benefits of Vitamins by Joy Simpson Food Scientist, MS, MBA

Benefits of Vitamins by Joy Simpson Food Scientist, MS, MBA

Benefits of Vitamins by Joy Simpson

Food Scientist, MS, MBA
15+ Food & Dietary Supplement Industry Experience 

What are the benefits of Vitamin A? Best source of Vitamin A? 

Vitamin A has many functions within the body.  

The benefits of Vitamin A: Aids in vision, maintaining healthy skin, promotes bone and tooth growth, needed for proper immune system function, and it is an antioxidant that may help protect against some forms of cancer. 

Vitamin A is fat soluble and is found in 2 forms in food: retinol and carotenoids.  
Retinol is yellow and comes from animal sources such as liver, egg yolk, dairy products and tuna. 

Carotenoids are converted by the body to Vitamin A.  They are typically yellow to orange in color and are found in plants.  The best sources are spinach, carrots, squashes (including pumpkins), kale, collard greens, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, broccoli and cantaloupe.  

What are the benefits of Vitamin B12? Best source of Vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 is required for red blood cell formation, nerve tissue health and DNA synthesis.  

The best sources are liver, fish, nutritional yeast, cheese and eggs..  Most sources are animal based.  

As a flexitarian eating a plant-based diet, I take B12 as a supplement. 


What are the benefits of Vitamin C? Best Source of Vitamin C?

Benefits of Vitamin C include helping produce collagen, antioxidant properties, aids in resistance to infection and aids in absorption of iron.  

The best sources of Vitamin C are bell peppers, citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit), kiwifruit, broccoli, strawberries, brussel sprouts, cantaloupe, cabbage, cauliflower, potatoes, mangos and papayas. 


What are the benefits of Vitamin D? Best source of Vitamin D?


Vitamin D is unique in that the body can make enough to support itself.  Vitamin D works with calcium to regulate blood calcium levels and to develop and form bone and teeth. 

The best source is through sun exposure, your skin synthesizes Vitamin D. 

However to get VItamin D from food, there are a few with natural Vitamin D.  The best naturally present sources are fatty fish like salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel.  Many food products are fortified with Vitamin D such as milk, cheese, yogurt, non-dairy milks (almond milk, oat milk, etc.) and Orange Juice. 


Each bottle of Chlorophyll Water is fortified with additional Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C & Vitamin D.