Everything You Need to Know

Everything You Need to Know About Vitamins: Natural Sources, Uses, and Deficiency Signs

Vitamins are essential organic components found in food that are needed in minimal amounts for human growth and maintenance of good health. They also play vital roles in a number of bodily functions such as metabolism, immunity, and healing.

We need to take them in certain quantities every day, preferably through our diet, because our bodies do not have the ability to produce them, except for vitamin D. A balanced diet containing a variety of foods is the best way for children and adults alike to meet their vitamin needs.

There are 13 essential vitamins

There are 13 essential vitamins and they are classified into water-soluble and fat-soluble. Our body doesn’t store water-soluble vitamins which include all B vitamins and vitamin C because all excess amounts get excreted. Fat-soluble vitamins, which include vitamins A, D, E, and K, on the other hand, can be stored in the liver and fat tissue. Their reserves can last up to 90 days in a well-nourished individual.

Eating a variety of healthy foods, such as macadamia nuts, yeast extracts such as Marmite™  and Vegemite™, almonds, liver, eggs, salmon, peanuts, mushrooms, avocado, tuna, pistachios, bananas, bell peppers, kale, kiwi fruit, guavas, and broccoli regularly helps prevent deficiencies of water-soluble vitamins. Fat-soluble vitamin deficiencies can be avoided by eating natural food sources such as cod-liver oil, carrot, broccoli leaf, tofu, eggs, salmon, almonds, hazelnut oil and spinach.

Vitamins have different vital functions they perform for humans of all ages. For example, vitamin B9 (folate) reduces the risk of central nervous system defects in unborn babies. Teenagers need vitamin B1 (thiamin) to help the body convert carbohydrates into energy and is necessary for the heart, muscles, and nervous system to function correctly. Vitamin D, “the sunshine vitamin,” may prevent or slow the progression of osteoporosis in adults.

The typical signs of vitamin deficiencies include vision loss, skin disease (vitamin A), rickets (severe bone-deforming disease), muscle weakness, low bone mineral density (vitamin D), poor wound healing, bleeding gums, (vitamin C), heavy menstrual flow, osteoporosis (porous and brittle bones) (vitamin K), jaundice, anaemia, weakness (vitamin B12), dandruff, fatigue, adrenal insufficiency, vision problems, edema (fluid retention) (other B vitamins), and more.

A Healthy Look Into the World of Vitamins

To find out more information about other uses, deficiency symptoms, and minimum daily intake of these essential vitamins as well as details of the other B vitamins which are not considered to be vitamins, check out the infographic below
created by the team at MedAlertHelp.org.

Fat Soluable Vitamins

A        D        E        K

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They are extracted from 10+ servings of organic veges and fruit along with the benefits of phytonutrients such as Lycopene, Lutein and Zeaxanthin which are absent in synthetic multi vitamin blends

Always read the label and use only as directed. Vitamins and minerals are supplementary to and not a replacement for a balanced diet. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional.