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Benefits of Vitamins
Benefits of Vitamins
Vitamins are substances that the body requires for different purposes and in different amounts. They are altogether 13 vitamins and they are classified into two types; water-soluble and fat-soluble.
List of Water Soluble Vitamins
- Vitamin B1 or Thiamine
Two of the main functions of thiamine are to convert carbohydrates into energy and to assist in the proper functioning of the heart, muscles and nervous system.
- Vitamin B2 or Riboflavin
Riboflavin is crucial in the production of antibody or a type of protein that binds to bacteria or virus and prevents them from damaging the body.
- Vitamin B3 or Niacin
One of the many benefits of niacin is it helps raise HDL or good cholesterol level and decreases the bad cholesterol.
- Vitamin B5 or Pantothenic Acid
Pantothenic acid is involved in the production of adrenal hormones in the adrenal glands. It also plays a role in the formation of antibiotics to help the body fight against bacterial infection and reproduction.
- Vitamin B6 or Pyridoxine
Vitamin B6 is the main vitamin that helps to produce amino acids. It is also responsible for helping the body to produce serotonin, dopamine, and melatonin. It has been suggested that the benefits of vitamin B6 can help to improve mood.
- Vitamin B7 or Biotin
Hair loss or balding or thinning hair is a sign of biotin deficiency. Benefits of biotin supplements are to maintain healthy hair and stop hair loss.
- Vitamin B9 or Folic Acid
Folic acid is especially important for women who are pregnant. Folic acid prevents neural tube defects in developing fetuses. Folic acid may also prevent cleft lip and palate.
- Vitamin B12 or Cobalamin
Some recent research suggests that slightly higher than average levels of B12 or cobalamin can dramatically reduce the risk of brain shrinkage in elderly people or those over 60 years.
- Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid
Vitamin C benefits include strengthening the immune system, helping the body fight stress, reduce the incidence of stroke, reduce skin aging, and even fight cancer and certain eye diseases, like macular degeneration.
- Benefits of Choline
When your diet includes lecithin, you are also getting choline. But the amount of lecithin isn't concentrated. There is only about 13 percent of choline by weight in a lecithin molecule.
Water soluble vitamins dissolve in water. They are not stored in the body but excreted in urine. Because of this, a consistent daily intake is necessary.
Benefits of Vitamins and List of Fat Soluble Vitamins
- Vitamin A
Vitamin A is particularly needed by the eye's retina in order to achieve the formation of retinal which is a certain metabolite and light absorbing molecule.
- Vitamin D
Vitamin D is actually a prohormone i.e. a substance that the body converts into a hormone. Vitamin D, whether produced by exposure to the sun or ingested through foods that contain it, initially exists in an inert state.
- Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant. It has many health benefits for the skin, hair, nails, immune and cardiovascular systems.
- Benefits of Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E oil is acknowledged for its moisturizing, healing and skin renewal properties. This is one of the reasons why alpha tocopherol, one of the compounds of vitamin e, is often used as one of the main ingredients in skin ointments and in many dermatological products such as skin oils, body lotions and shaving creams.
- Vitamin K
Vitamin K is one of two naturally occurring fat soluble vitamins, K1 and K2. This vitamin is needed to clot the blood, help build bone, deposit calcium to the correct part of our bodies and protect the heart.
Fat-soluble vitamins dissolve in fat. They are absorbed through the intestines. Unused fat soluble vitamins are stored in the liver.
Dietary fiber, essential fatty acids and essential amino acids are not considered vitamins.