Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Vitamin Table

Vitamins are an important ingredient for a healthy life. In order to use this weapon you need to know what is the effect of all the vitamins, which names you read or hear every day. This is a vitamin table with important facts about vitamin A, B, C, D, E, K:

Vitamin A

It has many functions in the body, some of them are: keeping the eyes healthy, aiding the cell growth and helping boost the immune system.

Its found in eggs, milk, meat and liver.

Interesting fact is that the body creates it vitamin A by converting beta carotene. So you better focus on foods with good amounts of beta carotene cause consuming too much vitamin A is toxic. Such foods are: tomatoes and dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach.

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Vitamin B

Lack of it leads to a number of diseases and illnesses. Almost every organ and process in the body needs minimum one form of vitamin B so it is essential to your health.

Vitamin B comes in a large number of forms, the most important are: Thiamin(B1), Riboflavin(B2), Niacin(B3), Pantothenic acid(B5), Pyridoxine (B6), Biotin (B7), Folic acid (B9), Cobalamin (B12).

Good sources are potatoes, bananas, lentils, chilly peppers, tempeh, liver oil, liver,turkey and tuna.

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Vitamin C

It is needed by over 300 body functions, it can prevent heart disease, cancer and other serious illnesses. It also is responsible for the creation of collagen which is a key vital for ones life.

Rich on vitamin C food sources are the Cranberries, the melon and most of the tropical fruits,in fact they have the highest amount of vitamin C from all the fruits.

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Vitamin D

Its functions are related to the immune system and the control of the amount of calcium absorbed from the food.

Vitamin D comes in two important variants: Vitamin D2 or ergocalciferol and Vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol.

Interesting fact about it is that it is the only vitamin that is not obtained by food, instead it is obtained by sun light. Just a few minutes and you will have your recommended daily dose of vitamin D

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Vitamin E

It prevents heart disease and stops, these that are already a fact, from growing. Also prevents cancer and protects form the free radicals.

the only foods that really contain any reasonable amount of the vitamin E are vegetable oils, seeds, wheat germ, and nuts. Thats why its recommended to take some form of vitamin supplement.

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Vitamin K

Essential for healing cuts and injuries.

Comes in 3 forms: phylloquinone(K1), menaquinone(K2) and menadione(K3)

Good natural sources for vitamin K are the green leafy vegetables, it is also formed in the intestines.

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These are the vitamins who`s effects you should be aware. Try to supply your body and if you think its necessary do it trough supplements.

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