July 04 2016 – Hana Difrawy
Have you ever wondered why some find it easier to stretch than others? One of the many factors within our control when it comes to muscle and tendon elasticity is our diet, and here’s why these vitamins play a primary role in our Yoga body.
Vitamin A for Bone Growth
Vitamin A is a group of compounds that play an important role in bone growth, reproduction, cell division, eyesight, and cell differentiation. It promotes healthy surface linings of the eyes and the respiratory, urinary, and intestinal tract while helping the skin and mucous membranes function as a barrier to bacteria and viruses. Vitamin A also assists lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) to fight infections more effectively.
Vitamin B-12 for Energy
In Vegan and Vegetarian cases taking a Vitamin B12 supplement or eating Vitamin B12-fortified foods will most likely be needed on a daily basis. Good sources of Vitamin B12 include: Seafood, meats, milk and cheese, eggs and fortified breakfast cereals, while the only reliable vegan sources of B12 are foods fortified with B12 (including some plant milks, some soy products and some breakfast cereals) and B12 supplements.
Vitamin C for Fast Recovery
While Vitamin C is great for helping to keep your immune system strong during the cold winter weather, it can also do wonders for your muscle recovery and the prevention of lactic acid buildup after a long workout. It can also help repair damaged cells or tissues within the body, making it a perfect Vitamin to load up on after any high intensity workout that could result in painful lactic acid buildup in the muscles.
Vitamin D for Strong Bones
Not only does Vitamin D help strengthen your bones but it can also help increase muscle strength. Vitamin D can be found in fortified milk and cereals, cod-liver oil, most seafood and eggs.
Vitamin E for Flexibility
Vitamin E is another important vitamin for joint flexibility. This vitamin, found in sweet potatoes, eggs, wheat germ, liver, green vegetables, nuts, and many other sources – is a powerful antioxidant that prevents the joints from becoming damaged by free radicals.