One thing unites us no matter where we live or how much money we make, and that's a desire to be both happy and healthy.
What's cool about that is, no matter your age, background, or the region where we reside, we all need many of the same vitamins. And how exciting is it knowing you can do your part to make sure others — and you — get what we need to reach optimum health?
Click on any of the photos above to learn about the unique vitamin needs of boys, girls, women, and men all over the world. Though they may differ, we can each learn how we can work toward our individual and common goal of living happy and healthy lives.
Jey is a 29-year-old man from France. The Parisian considers himself a foodie and loves scrambled eggs in particular ("Everyone thinks it's weird, but scrambled eggs are one thing I just can never get tired of eating," he tells A Plus).
Even during busy workdays, Jey manages to hit the gym at least twice a week during lunch breaks in the 9th arrondissement next to his office. His girlfriend also "drags" him to her yoga classes every Sunday. "I used to hate yoga, but now I actually quite enjoy it," he says. "It's a good workout, but also very relaxing."
And while he doesn't take any food supplements, except the occasional fish oil and vitamin E capsules, Jey tries to make sure he's eating a varied and balanced diet purchased at his local supermarché — less French cheese and bread, and more greens and fruits. Beyond diet and exercise, Jey also opts for healthy choices for one important reason — he stopped smoking two years ago.
Vitamin E is very important for Jey, as his family has a history of cardiovascular disease and some clinical trials suggest that there is a possible link between the two, but also for other men his age for numerous reasons.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant. It protects body tissues from free radicals, cells that can contribute to cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Vitamin E also strengthens the immune system. This is especially important to keep in mind for people like Jey, who are likely to encounter extremely stressful situations and demands at work, as stress is a known factor that affects immune function.
Some great sources of vitamin E include quick-snack-at-work options such as almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, spinach, and broccoli. Since vitamin E is fat soluble, fat is important for absorption of this vitamin. This means Jey should make sure to drizzle some oil on his spinach to get all of its health benefits!
The recommended daily dose of vitamin E for a man Jey's age is 15 milligrams (mg).
This is the equivalent of consuming four cups of spinach or 0.7 cups of almonds a day.
Back to Jey's smoking, it's a good thing he quit, as scientific data suggests smokers — whose habit can lead to things such as cavities, emphysema, and a weakened immune system — need more vitamin E compared to non-smokers. This is because vitamin E is used up quicker when it has to fight the damage done by cigarettes. Now, regardless of whether Jey's taking a lunchtime walk down the river Seine or stretching side-by-side with his girlfriend in yoga class, he can breathe easy.
Jey is not the only person who needs vitamin E, however. Four-year-old Elizabeth from San Diego also needs it. Click on Elizabeth's photo, highlighted in orange, to find out how the two of them are connected by their vitamin need, or explore the rest of the profiles below.
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