Functions of Vitamins
Vitamin A (Retinol)
* Function: Important for healthy bones, teeth, mucous membranes and skin. Aids vision, especially in the dark. Carotenoids, which are other forms of vitamin A are powerful antioxidants.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)
* Function: Protects the heart and the nervous system from the build-up of toxic substances and is needed to convert carbohydrates and fats into energy.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
* Function: Vital for growth, the production of red blood cells and releasing energy from food.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
* Function: Maintains a healthy skin and keeps the digestive system working well.
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)
* Function: It is needed for the metabolism and synthesis of all foods.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
* Function: Required for the formation of red blood cells and various neurotransmitters and helps to maintain nerve function, a healthy immune system and healthy antibodies.
Vitamin B7 (Biotin)
* Function: Essential in the metabolism and synthesis of essential fatty acids, carbohydrates and fats and the release of energy from these foods. Keeps hair, skin and nails healthy.
Vitamin B9 (Folic acid)
* Function: Required for the production of red blood cells, DNA and proteins in the body. It is important for the growth and repair of cells and tissues and is especially important during pregnancy to prevent babies being born with spina bifida.
* Function: Required for the metabolism process and to maintain the nervous system.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)
* Function: Vitamin C is required daily and is necessary for a number of functions in the body. It is required for the formation of collagen, which helps to maintain skin, teeth, gums, tendons and ligaments. Vitamin C aids to heal wounds quicker, strengthen the immune system and fight cancerous cells. It is required to form neurotransmitters such as dopamine in the brain and helps to reduce any damage to the body from toxic...