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Why do we need Vitamins in our Life?

By Charles Hopkins Published 07/6/2006 | Nutrition

Why the left corner of your lips does frequently get swollen? And are you often prone to cough and cold? Worried about your child's growth? Very weak and no development in health! Have you ever tried to find out the root cause of these problems instead of running to a doctor every time you suffer? You are running through vitamin deficit. And the typical problems you are suffering from are yet to take the shape of bigger diseases. So as you know that prevention is better than cure, it's better to intake proper vitamins in right time to check the problem from growing gruesome. But before adding the vitamin list to our routine diet, let's understand the importance of vitamins in life.

First of all vitamin is that component of a balanced diet which the human body generally cannot manufacture on its own. So you must consume vitamin directly in the form of food or through supplements as tonic or pills. The whole process of assimilation of vitamins depends on ingestion of food. Once you have it as a part of your meal, say for tomatoes, lemon, spinach and other stuffs, it is more helpful. Moreover you don't feel that you are a patient and need to have medicines for cure. But if the deficit of a particular vitamin is high, then supplementary dose of vitamins have to be given to the body for a particular period. The body's metabolism is also dependent on vitamins as on carbohydrates, fats, minerals and other basic components of a complete diet.

Are you aware of the different types of vitamins? Must be! Very common in the chart are Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K. Apart from these, Vitamin B is sub divided as B1, B2, B6, B12, Folic Acid, Biotin, Niacinamide, Inositol, Choline, Panthothenic acid and Para amino Benzoic acid. Sounds critical but their deficit may be the critical most for your life!

Vitamin A is referred to be a vitamin for growth and body repair. It is very vital in the formation of bone and tissues and also keeps your skin smooth. And if you are night blind, the cure is have more Vitamin A. Vitamin B1 is an energy building vitamin which helps you to digest carbohydrates. It also keeps your heart and muscles stable. Vitamin C is a very commonly pronounced vitamin world wide. From kids to veterans, this vitamin is very essential as it protects your bones, teeth and gums. The ultimate medicine for curing scurvy and also resists any infection to grow in your body. Without its support collagen cannot be synthesized in the body.

Vitamin D is very important for children. The common disease seen in kids suffering from malnutrition is Rickets, which is actually caused by the deficit of Vitamin D. Bones cannot grow in a normal way if there is a lack of this vitamin. Direct sunlight is a natural source of vitamins apart from spinach and vegetables. In adults, Osteoporosis is caused due to lack of Vitamin D. Vitamin E is a wound treating vitamin. It is very mush essential to prevent sterility and to break up blood clots. Damage of cells due to aging can be protected to supplement of this vitamin. 

As Vitamin B6 is necessary for production of antibodies, Vitamin B12 is required for carbohydrate and fat metabolism. This is a must for children's growth. It also prevents anemia and Vitamin B2 and Folic Acid help in the formation of red blood cells. Folic Acid is important for the synthesis of DNA and RNA as well as required for the metabolism of Amino Acid.

So by now you have a preliminary idea about the importance of vitamins. For a better knowledge and for maintaining a balanced diet of your family, consult a doctor. But always remember vitamins are not food but should be a part of your food.