Vitamin benefits are many but not with all brands and types of vitamins. The main reason vitamin benefits are so crucial is mainly because in the past fifty years there has become an epidemic of vitamin deficient foods.
Today's food no longer contains the vitamins and other nutrients that are required for good long-term health.
Years ago vitamins and other nutrients were replenished in the soil and transferred to into the plants, but since farming techniques have changed drastically, so has the vitamin and nutrient content of the crops.
Benefits of Vitamins
Different Vitamins play different role in our body.
Some vitamins act in groups with each other whereas others act alone. Functions of different vitamins are given below:
Vitamin A helps in regeneration of visual purple, prevents night blindness and helps to maintain good eyesight. It also prevents the condition known as urolithiasis where urinary calculi in the form of calcium phosphate are present. It is also essential for growth.
Vitamin D is essential for bone development and also prevents rickets. Vitamin D maintains normal structure of bone and helps to maintain the equilibrium between bone calcium and blood calcium. It also helps in the normal development of teeth.
Vitamin E prevents sterility and muscular dystrophy.
Vitamin B1 prevents the disease known as Beri beri. It has a potential role in the oxidation of sugar in tissues, including brain. In its absence, pyruvic and lactic acid fails to be metabolized with a result of accumulation of these substances in blood and tissues. It also helps the enzyme system, which is responsible for the synthesis of fats from carbohydrates and proteins.
Vitamin B2 is concerned with oxidative processes in the cells. It acts as a coenzyme for flavoprotein enzymes in the body. Deficiency produces loss of appetite and weight. Therefore it is essential for growth.
Nicotinic acid prevents the disease known as pellagra. It helps in the formation of fats and carbohydrates. It is also essential for growth.
Vitamin B6 prevents skin diseases, especially itching and redness of the skin. It is also related to the metabolism of unsaturated fatty acids and also helps in the synthesis of fats from carbohydrates. This vitamin with the help of thiamine increases the formation of fats from proteins.
Folic acid prevents macrocytic anemia in human being. It takes part in the formation and maturation of the red cells. It is also required to maintain the normal pregnancy.
Vitamin H deficiency in man causes peculiar dermatitis. Absence of this vitamin produces lassitude and sometimes gastro-intestinal symptoms.
Para-amino-benzoic amino acid (PABA) prevents premature graying of hair in rats. Its role in human nutrition is not definitely established.
Which Foods are Rich in Vitamins?
If you’re the type who hates to go to the market in search of fresh produce, then the benefits of taking vitamins become more pronounced in your situation. People generally look at vitamins as one of God’s gifts to mankind, but many don’t know which foods provide certain vitamins. Oh sure, we’ve read a ton of literature about vitamins and how and where we get them, but we tend to forget due to our daily preoccupations.
A quick rundown -
Vitamin A - egg yolks, kidney, cheese, liver
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - pasta, cereals, fortified breads, fish, dried beans, nuts, peas
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - eggs, yogurt, legumes, nuts
Vitamin B3 (niacin) - lean meats, grains, eggs, fish, nuts
Vitamin B6 - poultry, liver, pork, nuts, fish
Vitamin C - citrus fruits, broccoli, melon, tomatoes, kiwi
Vitamin D - milk, butter, oysters, cheese and your favorite – the sun!
Vitamin E - margarine, green leafy vegetables, cauliflower, wheat germ
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