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Vitamin B is best

Anyone who has seen me around campus this semester can tell that I’m obviously about to give birth.

This will be my second time being a mom, yet this pregnancy is completely different from the first.

I have a 4-year-old daughter, Jalyn, who will turn 5 in October. When she was living in my belly, I was the picture of perfect health. Every craving was a healthy craving: carrots, broccoli and lots of water.

I gained only 20 pounds. Besides a few weeks of morning sickness during the first trimester, my energy was high, I experienced no pain whatsoever, and life was grand. With this one, which happens to be a boy due Sept. 20, I felt as if I was literally experiencing hell on earth.

Not only did I have horrible morning sickness throughout the entire pregnancy. My body aches all the time for no reason.

My energy is non-existent and I am super moody. That can’t be too fun for my poor husband who I know was just thrilled by the 2 a.m. fast food runs I would send him on almost every night.

This time, I gained two and a half times as many pounds as I did when I was pregnant with Jalyn. I couldn’t help but wonder why this pregnancy was completely opposite.

The problem is that there’s no definite reason. Each pregnancy is different and that’s that. So, instead of continuing to search for an undiscovered answer, I decided to do some research and find out what I could do to stay healthy despite the distress.

The solution: vitamins. The great thing about the research I found was that vitamins don’t mean pills.

They are found naturally in most of our foods.

Secondly, vitamins don’t just benefit pregnant women. They benefit women in general, especially on-the-go ladies like businesswomen, soccer moms and college girls. Each vitamin – A through K – plays a specific role in our lives that contributes to our physical, mental and emotional health.

Of all the vitamins, B is the best. Vitamin B is definitely God’s gift to girls. There are seven forms of Vitamin B that play a vital role in women’s lives. Foods like pork and beef contain B1 (Thiamine) which improves memory and concentration. Broccoli, asparagus and spinach are high in B2 (Riboflavin), which reduces anxiety, stress and fatigue.

B3 (Niacin) lowers bad cholesterol and elevates good cholesterol. B5 (Pantothenic Acid) prevents acne and hair loss and can be found in whole grains and salmon.

Now, here’s the kicker: need to ease those PMS symptoms like muscle cramps? Maybe you’re like me and need a cure for morning sickness or nausea in general. That’s where B6 (Pyridoxine) comes in. Bananas, avocadoes, and brown rice contain B6, which also treats depression.

If you feel yourself in need of an energy boost, B9 (Folic Acid) is just for you. Leafy greens, beans, and peas are high in Folic Acid. This vitamin is amazing for improving mental and emotional health, too.

Lastly, there’s B12 (Cyanocobalamin), which reduces the risk of osteoporosis, prevents cervical cancer, improves concentration and relieves fatigue. This vitamin is found in many seafoods like clams, oysters, crab and tuna.

All B vitamins are a general good source of energy and build our metabolism. It’s in my opinion that we take advantage of this God-given goodness and improve our health the natural way. For more information on vitamins that are good for you, visit credible websites like www.mcvitamins.com, www.everydayhealth.com and www.vitaminbenefits.org.

kparker@unews.com

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