1. daily multi-vitamins
2. a multi-vitamin a few days a week
3. a multi-vitamin every couple weeks
4. vitamins once a month
5. I never take vitamins
Total your score: Every 1 answer is 1 point, a 2 answer is 2 points and so on. The higher your score, the more places that needs to be targeted for improvement.
31-40 Time to change some things
41-45 No wonder your energy is gone
Your best bet? Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables each day to maintain optimal health. However, because it can be difficult to get all your recommended daily servings, supplementing with a quality vitamin can help fill the gap.
Vitamin C - Found in strawberries, oranges, green peppers, broccoli, cantaloupe, mango, grapefruit, kale, Brussels sprouts, kiwi. Additional benefits: Helps promote heart health, aids in growth and repair of tissues and is essential for repairing wounds and maintaining cartilage, bones and teeth.
Vitamin A - Found in liver, sweet potatoes, milk, egg yolks and carrots. Additional benefits: Help form and maintain healthy teeth, skeletal tissue, mucous membranes and skin, and promotes night vision.
Vitamin E - Found in almonds, broccoli, wheat germ, mangos, corn, olives, and asparagus. Additional benefits: Helps maintain the immune system, keeps the heart strong, boosts energy, maintains youthful skin and balances hormones.
Beta-carotene - Found in pumpkin, carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, collard greens and apricots. Additional benefits: The body can convert beta-carotene into a form of vitamin A helping to ensure your body has the vitamin A that it needs.
Lycopene - Found in pink grapefruit, papaya, oranges, tomatoes, and watermelon. Additional benefits: Helps to reduce the risk of heart disease, macular degeneration and certain cancers.
Vitamin D - Found in salmon, sardines, mackerel, egg yolks, beef liver, cod liver oil, and the sun. Additional benefits: Plays a vital role in bone health, helps your body absorb calcium and maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. Groups that have trouble getting vitamin D are: the elderly, people with dark skin, obese people, and people living in nursing homes.
As an individual, only you are responsible for your own health. Fall could be the perfect time to commit to healthier health habits. I agree with what Bill Novelli says, "If you've got a moving part, move it."