The consumption of vitamins is essential for the proper functioning of the body. There are 13 vitamins in all: vitamin A; vitamin B complex, which includes thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin B12, pantothenic acid, and biotin; and vitamins C, D, E, and K. These vitamins are found everywhere, from foods like vegetables and fruits to dairy products, such as milk. Still, people fail to consume the proper amount of vitamins in their every day diets. When this happens, nutritional supplementation becomes extremely important.
What are the Most Important Vitamins to take?
The truth is that they are all important. Each serves a distinct purpose, purposes that we have outlined below.
B Complex Vitamins: These serve as necessary cofactors for metabolic reactions that synthesize and break down amino acids, fats and carbohydrates, generate cellular energy, construct cell membranes, produce neurotransmitters and hormones, and detoxify potentially harmful chemicals.
Vitamin A: It is used as a cofactor for rhodopsin, an important light-sensing protein in vision; vitamin A is also used to control the expression of certain genes, and can act as a fat-soluble antioxidant.
Vitamins C and E: These are essential antioxidants.
• Vitamin C prevents oxidative damage in the aqueous portions of cells.
• Vitamin E prevents the oxidation of fats.
Vitamin D: It is important for the uptake and balance of minerals and the proper function of the kidneys and cardiovascular system.
Vitamin K: This vitamin is a necessary participant in synthesis of several proteins that mediate both coagulation and anticoagulation. Vitamin K deficiency is manifest as a tendency to bleed excessively.
Are you consuming enough of each vitamin in your everyday diet? Consult a nutritionist to find out!
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