We've been told throughout out lives to eat certain foods because they contain vitamins, and so the obvious question is, well what are vitamins?.


There are a lot of things your body needs that your body is capable of producing, but there are certain things that it needs that it cannot produce itself.

Now if these things that the body needs and it cannot produce, if they are organic is just a very fancy way of saying if there are compounds that involve carbons in them, and most molecules in life involve a lot of carbons, that's why they're called organic molecules.

If these molecules as if these things that the body requires that it does not produce, itself are organic, we call these things vitamins.

There are some of the common vitamins that you'll hear people talk about are things like vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin C.

Vitamins are Organic compounds that the human body is unable to synthesize (except a few) and have to be taken in with Food. Vitamins are produced in Plants using the Sun.

Vitamins are essential to the human body, they enable the growth, development and functioning of our body.

And you can further divide these vitamins based on whether they are soluble in fat or not.

So, for example, Vitamins A, D, E and K, and this is by no means an exhaustive list of vitamins, these are fat soluble.

What does that mean?.

Well, to be soluble means you could be dissolved in that thing.

So it can be dissolved in fat.

And Vitamin (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12, C) are water-soluble.

Water-soluble Vitamins are excreted from the body after a few hours.

Oil-soluble Vitamins are accumulated in the liver.

The Best Vitamins

Fresh foods have more vitamins than canned food. Wild vegetables and Forest Fruits are richer in vitamins than Cultivated Plants.

In the diet we should use as much as possible natural sources of vitamins: Fruits, Vegetables, Eggs, Milk etc. 

This means that they are the Best Vitamins that are taken through the Fresh Food.

Types of vitamins and their benefits

Vitamin A

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is important for the prevention of heart, skin and degenerative diseases, it protects the body from infections and is important for normal blood sugar levels.

The main sources of vitamin A are usually liver, milk and milk products, butter, egg yolk and fish.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is found in eggs, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, spinach.

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, it protects cells from free radicals and prevents Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D

Vitamin D group consists of 7 vitamins.

Daily requirements for vitamin D are very small. We get it through sunlight and food.

The Natural Sources of Vitamin D are:

butter, margarine, milk, seafish (salmon, tuna, sardines), fish oil (It has the highest concentration of Vitamin D), egg yolk etc.

Vitamin D3 is produced in our body in the skin through sunlight, and it may also be found in foods of animal origin.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a strong Antioxidant, also is an excellent ingredient to boost immunity as well as the detoxification of the body, it prevents the occurrence of flu and colds.

It is great for healthy hair, skin and nails.

Foods that contain large amounts of vitamin A are:

oranges, strawberries, peppers, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, kiwi, cabbage, grapefruit etc.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12

The best sources of vitamin B12 are fish and eggs.

Vitamin B12 is important for the nervous system (improves memory and concentration). It prevents anemia and menstrual problems, and it is important for normal growth and development of children.

Vitamins are nutrients, in addition to Carbohydrates, Fats, Proteins, Minerals and Water.

The lack of vitamins causes metabolic disorders and disrupt the normal regeneration of the body.

Now, the reason why this might be relevant for your living as an individual, trying to keep your health

in good shape, is that you do need all of these vitamins, and we'll talk in a little about why you need 

them, but fat soluble vitamins, they're actually easier to overdose on, because they're soluble in fat, they can stay in your system a lot longer, while water-soluble vitamins are easier to flush out of your system.

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