Role of Vitamins for a healthy Life

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Vitamins and Minerals have an important role in maintaining your health and vitality. These vitamins, along with the essential minerals and micro nutrients promote good biochemical reactions within your body and within your cells. They helps to grow right, digest your food, make you more mentally alert and sound. They also help you to be resistant to infectious diseases and help your body to use carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

Vitamins and minerals acts as catalists and help to speed up or initiate chemical reactions taking place in your body . You don’t burn up the vitamins you get from the diet, so you can’t use them for energy requirement.

Because your body does not synthesize most vitamins and minerals directly, you must get them from the dietary food sources.

If you aren’t getting enough of a certain vitamin or mineral for a long period of time you can get a specific disease or condition related to that particular vitamin or mineral deficiency. Usually this can be fixed when the vitamin or mineral is re supplied to your body.

There are two kinds of vitamins, fat soluble and water soluble. The ones that are fat-soluble can be stored in your body fat and also stored in certain organs such as your liver. The water-soluble vitamins do not get stored in your body in large amounts.


Water Soluble Vitamins

The water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water, so if you are cooking or washing, the vitamins might actually be washed out of the food. They are easily absorbed and excreted, and are not stored very much or often in your tissues. These vitamins are seldom going to reach toxic levels.


List of Water Soluble Vitamins


Vitamin C




Vitamin B6

Vitamin B12

Folacin (Folic Acid or Folate)


Fat Soluble Vitamins

The vitamins that are fat soluble can be stored in your body for a long time. These dissolve in lipids and require bile in order to be absorbed. They are also stored in tissues, and if you have too many of them they can be toxic to you.


List of Fat Soluble Vitamins

Vitamin A (Carotenoids and Retenoids)

Vitamin D

Vitamin E

Vitamin K

Fruits and vegetables are rich sources of vitamins and minerals. If you are not getting sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals from your daily diet, you will have to take nutritional supplements to make sure that your body is getting all of them in sufficient quantities to function well.

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