Vitamins

Natural vitamins are those organic food substances which are found only in plants and animals, i.e., living things. The body is not able to synthesize or manufacture vitamins (although there are a few exceptions to this). Because of this, they must be supplied either directly in the diet, or by way of dietary supplements. Vitamins are vital if our body is to function normally. They are absolutely necessary for our growth, general-well being and vitality.

Vitamins cannot be assimilated without ingesting food. This is why it is suggested that vitamins must be taken with a meal. They help to regulate the body’s metabolism, assist in forming the bone and tissue, and help convert fat and carbohydrates. However, one must remember that vitamins cannot replace food.

We shall now look at the importance of each of the vitamins by turn.

Vitamin A

Repair & growth of body tissues

Protects mucous membrane of mouth, throat, lungs and nose

Helps maintain smooth, disease-free skin

Counteracts night blindness.

Reduces risk of lung and certain types of oral cancers

Vitamin B1

Aids in digestion of carbohydrates

Essential to the normal working of the nervous system, heart and muscles

Stabilizes appetite

Promotes growth

Generates energy

Vitamin B2

Aids in formation of red blood cells and antibodies

Essential for carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism

Promotes general health

Necessary for the maintenance of good skin, nails, hair and good vision

Maintains cells respiration

Vitamin B6

Building blocks of protein

Necessary for synthesis and breakdown of amino acids

Promotes healthy skin

Aids in production of antibodies

Reduces muscle spasms and leg cramps

Helps maintain a proper balance of phosphorous and sodium

Vitamin B12

Prevents anaemia by helping in formation and regeneration of red blood cells

Necessary for fat, carbohydrate and protein metabolism

Increases energy

Promotes growth in children

Maintains healthy nervous system

Niacinamide

Helps metabolize sugar, fat and protein

Reduces high blood pressure

Improves circulation

Reduces cholesterol level

Increases energy

Helps maintain healthy digestive system

Panthothenic Acid

Aids in the utilization of vitamins

Helps in cell building

Aids in development of the central nervous system

Fights infections

Participates in release of energy from carbohydrates

Biotin

Promotes healthy

Aids in the utilization of folic acid, protein, Vitamin B12 and Panthothenic Acid

Folic Acid

Essential for the formation of red blood cells

Aids in the metabolism of amino acids

Necessary for the synthesis of DNA and RNA

Inositol

Aids in breakdown of fats

Helps prevent thinning hair

Helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels

Necessary for the formation of lecithin

Choline

Prevents fat from accumulating in the liver

Helps improve memory

Important in controlling cholesterol and fat build up

Facilitates movement of fats in cells

Important in nerve transmission

Para Amino Benzoic Acid

Aids in formation of red blood cells

Contains sunscreen properties

Returns hair to its natural colour

Aids in the assimilation of Panthothenic Acid

Produces folic acid, this aiding healthy bacteria

Vitamin C

Helps heal wounds, scar tissue and fractures

Essential for healthy bones, teeth and gums

Builds resistance to infection

Prevents scurvy

Gives strength to blood vessels

Aids in absorption of iron

Is essential for the synthesis of collagen

Vitamin D

Required for bone and teeth formation

Improves absorption and utilization of Phosphorous and Calcium

Maintains stable nervous system

Vitamin E

Retards cellular aging because of oxygen

Alleviates fatigue by supplying oxygen

Prevents and dissolves blood clots

Helps in preventing sterility

Aids in bringing nourishment to cells

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