Nature’s Vitamins

With all the talk about whether over-the-counter supplements are a good idea to ingest, why not let nature lend a hand with your vitamin intake? For example, sesame seeds and almonds are excellent natural sources of calcium. Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables (carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, mangoes) are good sources of beta carotene and vitamin A.

Anthocyanins, which appear red, purple and blue in fruits and vegetables, are full of antioxidants and Vitamin C. Stock up on blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, black currants, cherries and Concord grapes. Onions also are high in powerful antioxidants. So when it comes to natural foods, think variety and color for health.

However, in addition to natural sources of vitamins, UCF Pegasus Health recommends a daily multivitamin for everyone and a daily calcium/vitamin D supplement for women.  Calcium supplements are usually calcium and vitamin D in one tablet.

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