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Vitamin B Plays an Important Part in Your Metabolic

By Charles Hopkins Published 07/6/2006 | Nutrition

Did you see the doctor yesterday? Had a stomach ache? And the doctor must have suggested you for a certain medication. Didn't he give you a list of vegetables and fruits rich with vitamins along with his dose? You never paid attention to mamma's consult when she cried in fowl to make you eat more vegetables.

Now you know that vitamins are really vital for your health. But what you exactly need to know is the specific utilities of different vitamins. This will help you as an easy reckon to fight with your health problems. To keep yourself fit and miles away from the doctors you need to improve your diet that you follow at a daily basis.

Want to keep the metabolic activities and digestive functions normal in your body? Just don't hesitate to have an adequate amount of vitamin B in your diet. The B vitamins are generally advised individually and sometimes combined with the enzymes.

The B vitamins play a crucial role in converting the carbohydrates, fats, proteins in to the form of energy. Thus they are chief parameters for the metabolic pathways. The metabolic pathways carry the required energy to each and every cell in your body. There are total eight vitamins in the group of the B vitamins. If any one member of this group (Vitamin B1, B2, B6, B12, Folic Acid, Biotin and others) is not taken adequately in your body, the whole system of the organic function will be affected.

Folic acid is an important member of these B complex vitamins. Folic acid has a role to play in the reaction of coenzymes. Do you know how crucial is it for the synthesizing of the DNA? DNA is essential for the healthy growth of your cells and also for the formation of new cells in your body. DNA is also necessary for converting the vitamin B12 into one of its coenzymes.

Folic acid has many to give to your healthy living. It helps your body to properly utilize the sugar and the amino acids. It also protects your chromosomes from the genetic damages and decreases the risk of homocysteine damage. Don't take the risk again by ignoring this ingredient from your diet!  Folic acid deficiency may lead you to suffer from impaired cell division and your red blood cells and intestinal cells may also be affected.

Sometimes your body needs an increased rate of cell multiplication. For this you require a proper amount of folate in your body. Folate helps in the process of increasing the cell multiplication. Folate is naturally synthesized in your body. But, if you take great amounts of medicines like aspirin, antacids etc; the synthesis of folate is disturbed and you need extra amount of folate.

Pregnant women, here is a caution note for you! You have to be very careful about the amount of folate you intake. Not getting adequate amount of folate during pregnancy may raise the risk of your child to be born. And a permanent brain defect or a defect in spinal cord is natural to children whose mothers had this deficiency.

Play safer! Carry a protective mission from an early stage. Take at least 800 mcg of folate per day when you reach to the age of child bearing. Cheese, milk and other dairy products are the best sources for B vitamins. Keep healthy with green vegetables and various fruits also. The vegetables include whole grains, nuts, cereals, bran etc and the non vegetable items are fish, chicken, eggs, meat, liver, kidney, egg yolks etc.