1. Vitamin A
Recommended daily intake: 0.9mg
Benefits: Essential for vision, plays an important role in bone growth and immune function and speeds up the healing process of wounds. Promotes good eyesight and has the same immunity-boosting properties as vitamin C.
Food Source: Organ meats; orange vegetables; green, leafy vegetables.
2. Vitamin C
Recommended daily intake: 90mg
Benefits: Maintains joint health and reduces the risk of a common cold
Food Source: Bell peppers, oranges, dark leafy greens, kiwis, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas, and papayas
3. Vitamin E
Recommended daily intake: 0.35mg
Benefits: Prevents diseases of the heart and blood vessels, increases physical endurance, slows down processes that damage cells
Food Source: Vegetable oils, cereals, meat, poultry, eggs, fruits, vegetables, and wheat germ oil.
Did you know?: Vitamin E helps to slow down processes that damage cells.
Recommended daily intake: 55mg
Benefits: Selenium has attracted attention because of its antioxidant properties. Selenium is essential for cognitive function, a healthy immune system, and fertility for both men and women.
Food Source: Tuna, shrimp, sardines, salmon, brazil nuts, flounder, mushrooms, liver, lobster
Recommended Daily Intake: 15mg
Benefits: Zinc is responsible for a number of different functions in the human body and it helps stimulate the activity of 100 different enzymes. Promotes healthy growth during childhood, and healing wounds.
Food Source: Oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other food, but red meat and poultry provide the majority of zinc in the American diet. Other good food sources include beans, nuts, and certain types of seafood
Did you know: Zinc deficiency is responsible for over 800,000 childhood deaths in the world every year.
Jacqueline: “Vitamin A, C, E and minerals selenium and zinc (ACESZ) are antioxidant superstars. Drink a cold-pressed vegetable juice every day, if possible. It’s the best way to get vitamins and minerals (high bioavailability). Even if you eat like a rabbit you might still be deficient in micronutrients because our soils are depleted. Cold-pressed vegetable juice concentrates micronutrients, and is a fast, convenient way to get the nutrition that your body needs.”
Think of things this way: your body is a complex machine that requires daily maintenance—axel grease, an oil change, new filters, cleaned upholstery, and buffed and waxed exterior. If you don’t keep up maintenance, your body can have performance issues.
If you haven’t started maintaining and regulating yet, you should start before winter comes. And if you start to drink your juices and take your vitamins today, you’ll be ready for when all our food and everything our body needs come in pill form.