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The Importance of Vitamins While You Grieve


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Posted On: Oct 05, 2016

The Importance of Vitamins While You Grieve

It's important to stay healthy while you grieve, even though you might not have any sort of appetite at all. But while there's no substitute for a healthy meal, you can supplement those meals with vitamins (which, of course, should also be in the food you're eating itself).

But what are the exact benefits of the different kinds of vitamins out there? Let's take a look.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is something of a supervitamin in terms of how much it does for the body. It's necessary for strong tooth and bone growth. If you're past the age where those things are still growing, it's still vital for a healthy immune system, strong vision, healthy skin, and functioning mucous membranes. Vitamin A is absolutely indispensable to our bodies.

Vitamin B1

Also called Thiamine. Like all B vitamins, B1 is all about converting food into energy. When you hear about Olympic athletes packing in high calorie diets, those diets are always rich in vitamin B1 foods. B1 particularly goes to work on body tissue, containing the necessary nutrients for tissue throughout the body to remain strong.

Folic Acid

Perhaps no vitamin is more important to you during grieving than folic acid, because folic acid is instrumental in the creation of both red blood cells and white blood cells. Red blood cells are the ones that carry oxygen to the rest of the body, and white blood cells help stave off infections. Folic acid takes on extra importance during pregnancy, where plenty of it reduces chances of the baby being born with spina bifida.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C does a little bit of everything. It is the IT guy of your body. It helps maintain strong bones, strong teeth, healthy skin, healthy cartilage, healthy blood vessels. It's an antioxidant, whose importance has been especially realized by the culture at large over the last 20 years or so. A lack of vitamin C can cause scurvy, which may incur tooth loss, joint pain, weakness, and cause rashes.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D sort of opens a gateway to better health, in that it allows your body to absorb calcium. Calcium is important for all the reasons you were told as a kid to drink milk: strong bones and teeth once again, but also for keeping your nerves transmitting messages and helping your blood to clot. In this way, calcium not only has healthy properties but also properties that curb the chances of infections. All of this is possible thanks to vitamin D.

Vitamin K

Perhaps a bit less known that the other vitamins on this list, Vitamin K is nonetheless very important. While vitamin C can be thought of as a generalist, vitamin K is a specialist: it's all about the blood clotting, even moreso than calcium. In fact, newborn babies are typically given a shot of vitamin K for this very reason, since uncontrolled bleeding is not uncommon in newborns. A subset of vitamin K (called vitamin K2) is used for the treatment of osteoporosis as well as bone loss caused by steroid use, although its utility for these reasons, or lack thereof, is still being tested.