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Vitamins General by Paramhansa Yogananda

(Part X)

Here are some general things to be remembered about vitamins. They are the real, vital element in food – “the elixir of life.” They are necessary for proper growth and development of the body, for maintaining health and energy, and for protection against infections of various kinds, including “colds.”

In order to get your regular supply of vitamins, your menus should be made up mainly of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain cereals and flour, and dairy products.

Since heat destroys some of the vitamins, you should eat plenty of raw fruit and vegetables, plain and in salads, fruit cocktails and desserts every day. Fresh fruit and vegetable juices supply both vitamins and minerals. Some of the vitamins dissolve in water, and therefore, all water used for cooking vegetables should be used as soup stock. Do not throw it away.

And, do not forget the sunshine Vitamin D. Take sun baths or use a sun lamp whenever possible. Buy foods to which vitamin D has been added – such as irradiated canned milk.

In order to keep the health and vitality of both the body and the mind up to par, it is necessary to have an adequate supply of all the vitamins and all the mineral salts, and these may be found in the proper selection of foods.

Praecepta Lessons, Volume 3 (1938): Praeceptum #66