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a term that applies only to a specific group of organic, or carbon
containing compounds that are essential to good health and normal
functioning of the body. For a vitamin to be identified as such,
its deficiency must result in identifiable and reproducible symptoms
In the early
1900s, the first vitamins were isolated and identified when
some innovative scientists began to believe that certain foods contained
accessory food factors that prevented disease. Initially
there were 2 of these factors: fat-soluble A which was extracted
from butter and fish liver, and water-soluble B which was a water
solution from rice bran.
early research came the vitamins we know today. Although many more
have since been identified, we still use the basic classification
of fat-soluble and water-soluble.
vitamins are A, D, E, F, and K. What is significant about the fat-soluble
vitamins is that they can be stored in the body such that we can
function for longer periods of time without obtaining them from
out diet. Also, toxicity is possible with large doses of the fat-soluble
vitamins except for E.
vitamins are the Bs and C. They are found in raw fruits, vegetables,
and grains but can be easily lost during cooking, storage or other
processing. Water-soluble vitamins are not stored in the body and
are needed regularly in our diets.
Some of our
vitamins are synthesized in our bodies. For instance, true vitamin
A is made from beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is not A, but is a water-soluble
substance from which A is made.
in the body can interfere with the bodys ability to make vitamins.
These include deficiencies of essential minerals, specific pathology,
and chemical interference. For example, people with diabetes, low
thyroid activity, zinc deficiencies and high intake of omega 6 oils
have a lower ability to convert beta-carotene to A.
of vitamins is synthetic versus natural. Many of the vitamin supplements
available are made chemically in the laboratory rather than extracted
lack the cofactors which are trace minerals and other substances
that are necessary for utilization of the vitamin in the body. Synthetics
can also be in a form that is not as usable by the body.
natural vitamin E with mixed tocopherols increases the oxygen efficiency
of the blood by 250 percent and also preferentially rations oxygen
to the heart. Synthetic vitamin E has only one third of the biological
activity of natural E and none of the ability to ration oxygen to
There is much
more to vitamins than simply the number of milligrams listed on
the label. Knowledge of what to look for can help you be healthier.
October 16, 2012
Durst owns The
Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason,
© 2012 Margaret
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