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Why It Pays To Know Your Alphabet When It Comes To Vitamins

Aug 17, 2007
Playing an essential role in the metabolism of most animals, vitamins are complex substances made from organic materials. A wide range of foods possesses these vitamins, which are sometimes produced inside of the body. The body needs vitamins to properly function. Without them, the body breaks down and the growth processes of the body are stunted. When you do not get enough of the proper vitamins, disorders of the body can also arise.

There are two main categories that vitamins are grouped into. One deals with the vitamins that are fat soluble. This includes vitamins A, D, E, and K. The second group includes vitamins that are water soluble, such as vitamin C, as well as B complex. As you will see, each vitamin has their own characteristics and benefits for the human body.

Vitamin A: This vitamin helps with the growth and maintenance of good hair and skin. This is the vitamin to take when you wish to improve your eyesight. Bones depend on this vitamin for proper bone growth and also play a role in the development of strong teeth. Some of the foods that vitamin A is present within includes milk, carrots, liver, spinach, cantaloupe, and apricots. When you lack vitamin A in your body, you will suffer from night blindness, as well as dry skin.

Vitamin B: Different levels of the B vitamin make up this substance, as well as folic acid and biotin. All of the B vitamins aid in the body's metabolism, as well as the maintenance of red blood cells. The creation of protein, as well as energy is assisted from the vitamin B throughout your body. The types of foods that you will find this particular vitamin include green, leafy vegetables; oranges; grapefruits; whole grains and meats. When you are not getting enough B vitamin, you may contract Beri Beri, which is characterized by weak muscles and unattractive, dry lips.

Vitamin C: This vitamin is important in producing collagen, as well as the structuring of bones and muscle. Other things associated with vitamin C is healthy gums, blood vessels, muscles, as well as the quick healing of wounds. Foods that give a nice amount of vitamin C include lemons, oranges, tomatoes, cabbage and other fruits and vegetables. Getting insufficient amounts of Vitamin C results in the bleeding of gums, joint pain, as well as weak muscles.

Vitamin D: The absorption of calcium, as well as proper bone formation is associated with vitamin D. It is the vitamin responsible for strong bones and teeth. When looking for foods that carry this particular vitamin, shoot for egg yolks, milk and other dairy items. When you don't get enough of this vitamin, you will suffer from weak bones, as well as excessive weight loss.

Vitamin E: The formation of red blood cells, as well as lung protection is provided through this vitamin. Foods, such as whole grain bread, green vegetables with leaves, sardines, cereals and seeds offer vitamin E. When you do not get enough of this vitamin, you are making yourself more susceptible to diseases, such as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's.
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Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this as well as vitamin supplements at http://www.mineralandvitaminsupplements.com
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