Why do we need vitamins ???

Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by beahealthyperson, Jan 27, 2010.

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  1. beahealthyperson

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    Vitamins are substances that your body needs to grow and develop normally. There are 13 vitamins your body needs. They are vitamins A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and folate). You can usually get all your vitamins from the foods you eat. Your body can also make vitamins D and K. People who eat a vegetarian diet may need to take a vitamin B12 supplement.

    Each vitamin has specific jobs. If you have low levels of certain vitamins, you may develop a deficiency disease. For example, if you don’t get enough vitamin D, you could develop rickets. Some vitamins may help prevent medical problems. Vitamin A prevents night blindness.

    The best way to get enough vitamins is to eat a balanced diet with a variety of foods and also you can get vitamins as tablets <mod edit: *sparkle*: advertising>
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  2. bluegrey

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    If we ate what our prehistoric ancestors ate, roots, berries, insects, a clubbed and speared beast :bunny: we would probably not need vitamins but we are all too often eating highly processed, denatured and factory farm produced convenience foods. I believe most people in industrialized countries rely on foods that are too stripped of natural nutrients to not need some supplementation either from fortification of a few daily vitamins.

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