It’s a question you can’t answer if you’re on a budget, but if you’ve been living on a fixed income, it’s one you should probably be asking yourself.
As the price of your vitamin supplements rise, it might be time to take a second look at the most basic nutrients.
“The best thing you can do is just make sure you have enough vitamins,” says John MacGregor, a senior nutritionist at the University of British Columbia.
“Make sure that you have as much vitamin A and vitamin C as you need to have your immune system working and functioning properly.”
That’s because the body needs those nutrients to make its own proteins and make your cells grow and multiply.
If you don’t have enough, you may feel a bit of a hangover or get tired, which can make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight.
“If you’re not getting enough vitamin D, you can feel very fatigued and sluggish,” says Dr. MacGregar.
You might also have low levels of zinc, which helps keep your bones strong.
And you may not have enough B vitamins, which are essential for your body to function properly.
To determine which vitamins are most important to you, Dr.
MacGregar suggests that you look at your daily nutrient intake.
That way, he says, you’ll know whether you’re getting enough or not.
“It might be a good idea to take your vitamins every day, rather than every other day, so that you’re constantly getting enough,” he says.
Vitamin D, a form of vitamin A that’s found in red meat, poultry, fish and seafood, is often overlooked in the vitamin rankings.
But when you take vitamin D supplements, you’re actually taking more than one vitamin, says Dr MacGregas.
“When you take your vitamin D supplement, you take the vitamin A, the vitamin D and the zinc,” he explains.
And those vitamins are really important, because they help make your bones and teeth stronger.
Vitamin C, also found in seafood, has a lower price tag, but is important for your immune systems and brain function.
“You really need these two vitamins,” he adds.
You also need calcium, which is a type of mineral found in bones and muscles.
“Calcium helps make the bone stronger,” says MacGreg, who says that it also helps keep the nerves strong.
“These are two things you should really have every day,” he advises.
But if you don