Vitamins and Their Benefits
A vitamin is an organic compound required by an organism as a vital nutrient in limited amounts. There are many different vitamins, and they all have different purposes whether it be for humans or animals and how they help us to all be healthy. For example, Vitamin C is a vitamin mostly for humans, but for not other animals, while biotin and Vitamin D are required in the human diet only in certain circumstances. Vitamins are classified by their biological and chemical activity, not their structure. Vitamins have diverse biochemical functions such as being a regulator of mineral metabolism, a regulator of tissue, cell growth, and differentiation, or as antioxidants.
Before tablets were sold as daily vitamins, they were solely in food and from the changes in a person's diet. There are thirteen vitamins that are good for humans. A beneficial vitamin to women who are pregnant or are becoming pregnant would be to take folic acid, because it helps them and their baby grow, and so that when the baby arrives it will not have any disformation and be totally healthy. The vitamins are Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B7, Vitamin B9, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K. Vitamin A prevents night - blindness, hyperkeratosis, keraotmalacia, Vitamin B1 prevents Beriberi and Wernicke - Korsakoff syndrome, Vitamins B2 - B12 prevent ariboflavinosis, pellagra, paresthesia, anemia, dermatitis, enteritis, megaloblast, birth defects, and megaloblastic anemia, while Vitamins C, D, E, and K prevent scurvy, rickets, osteomalacia, deficiency, and bleeding diathesis.
Vitamins are essential for the normal growth and developmental of a multi cellular organism. Like most things, our body needs just enough of its resources such as food and water, and the same is for vitamins. In vitamins, large doses than necessary have side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. Dietary supplements are often used in the place of vitamins if the vitamin cannot be obtained to the body through food. Since vitamins are very good for being healthy, it is good to eat certain foods for each vitamin and take dietary supplements for vitamins if you need to, since every one is different in their tastes. Some examples of foods rich in Vitamin A are orange, ripe yellow fruits, leafy vegetables, carrots, pumpkin, squash, spinach, and liver.
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