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12 Essential Vitamins for Healthy Aging

It doesn’t usually take much time for young kids to learn the importance of getting their vitamins, whether it’s a chewable tablet or, ideally, in healthy food choices like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

As we age, we tend to forget the importance of making those vitamins a central part of our diets. Maybe it’s because we don’t have parents constantly reminding us, or maybe it’s that we just don’t always have time to eat well. Regardless, the end result is often less-than-healthy diets that lack the vitamins and mineral our bodies crave, even at middle age. That’s why it’s worthwhile to go through a refresher every now and then — so, what vitamins are the most important and how can you get them in your diet?

1. Vitamin D

The importance of getting sufficient amounts of vitamin D has been emphasized more in recent years as medical researchers have discovered it can play an important role in determining how we feel both physically and emotionally. Insufficient amounts of vitamin D in the body may leave us feeling exhausted and depressed.

To prevent this from occurring, we need to maintain our vitamin D levels. This can be done by getting some exposure to the sun’s rays or by eating foods containing vitamin D, from eggs and fish to dairy products fortified with the vitamin. Doing so will not only help you feel better, it could also cut your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, and cancer.

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