Vitamin C, K, and D
Vitamins come from nutrients, but it is sometimes hard to get your daily requirements of them from just foods alone. This is where your everyday multi-vitamin comes in.
Multi-vitamins are sold in almost all grocery stores and pharmacies. GNC has them too, but we all know one of the rules of lifting is never shop at GNC. Men’s 1-A-Day vitamin from Wal-Mart is fine, but I prefer Centrum. If you’re an athlete that has the money and don’t mind swallowing eleven pills – then animal paks or ISS paks are the best things you could consider.
For some people, a lot of vitamins found in multi-vitamins are very hard to get from just eating foods alone. Like folic acid. Studies have shown that folic acid in most multivitamins helps prevent neural tube defects in newborns; it may also lower the risk of coronary artery disease and colon cancer.
Here are, in my opinion, some of the most important vitamins that are found in multivitamins:
There are a lot of vitamins good while working out, like vitamin c. Studies have shown that vitamin c reduces cortisol if taken properly. This means that before you go to the gym, taking vitamin c may help keep your hormones anabolic and drinking orange juice while in the gym and finishing it up out of the gym can reduce cortisol elevation. Cortisol is the catabolic hormone; it is the enemy. You want to avoid cortisol as much as possible, especially during the times around your workouts.
Vitamin K can be one of the most important vitamins for some people. “K” refers to the German word “koagulation.” In America, we spell it with a “c”. Coagulation refers to the process of blood clot formation, making it important for thin blood. If a person with thin blood bleeds, the process can be continuous. Vitamin K is found often in a lot of green vegetables like broccoli, but it shares a lot of uncommon facts. Vitamin K contains the ability to make four of the thirteen proteins that are needed for blood clotting. It is also now being argued that vitamin “k” is important for building healthy bones.
The next vitamin I would like to discuss is vitamin “D”. Did you know that African-Americans have a lot less Vitamin D than lighter skinned people? It is due to less formation of the vitamin from the sunlight on the skin. There are huge estimates of how many people are in a vitamin d deficit in the world. Most people tend to believe it is higher than a billion. That’s a lot of people without this vitamin! The best sources of vitamin d tend to come from things like salmon, eggs and pure cod liver oil, but most liver oil has been vitamin d removed, so people check and make sure there is vitamin d in it when you buy it.
Here is the thing about vitamin d: Vitamin D has a roll in preventing cancer by preventing the cancer cells from dividing, so if you have cancer or are afraid of someday being diagnosed with it – then vitamin d is a great supplement to take in the mornings. Vitamin D can also help absorb phosphorus and calcium, that are crucial for strong bones.