Vitamins

Vitamin: Introduction

The Vitamins are essential to life.

1 – Vitamin A

2 – Vitamin B

3 – Vitamin C

4 – Vitamin D

5 – Vitamin E

6 – Vitamin K

7 – Flavonoids

8 – PABA

*Vitamins are essential to life. They contribute to good health by regulating the metabolism and assisting the biochemical processes that release energy from digested food. *Vitamins are micronutrients, because the body needs very small amounts.

Enzymes are essential chemicals that are the foundation of human bodily functions. They are catalysts (activators) in the chemical reactions that are continually taking place within the body. As coenzymes, *vitamins work with enzymes, thereby allowing all the activities that occur within the body to be carried out as they should be. Whole, fresh raw foods are a good source of enzymes.

Of the major *vitamins, some are soluble in water and others in oil. Water-soluble *vitamins must be taken into the body daily, as they cannot be stored and are excreted within four hours to one day. These include *vitamin C and the B-complex *vitamins. The fatty tissue of the body and liver stores the soluble *vitamin for long periods. These include *vitamins A, D, E, and K. For proper functioning the body needs both types of vitamins.

Synthetic versus Natural

Make sure you are getting at least 100 percent of all essential *vitamins from the foods you eat with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Most people will need more from supplements to achieve optimal health. *Vitamin supplements are two groups—synthetic and natural.

Synthetic: chemicals and elements of nature.

Natural: Food sources are the bases of natural *vitamins.