Vitamins are organic compounds that are needed by the body in small amounts in order to maintain life and promote growth. We get these vitamins from our diets and we only need them in either milligram (mg) or microgram (mcg) quantities. When you’re choosing which foods to eat be careful about how you prepare or cook them because vitamins tend to leech out of foods when we cook them.
Vitamins have a wide range of functions in our bodies. Some function as antioxidants, some function as hormones, and some as co-enzymes. Co-enzymes function like a light switch. They are able to activate certain proteins so our cells can use them.
Vitamins are classified as either fat soluble or water soluble. There are four vitamins that are fat soluble and two vitamins that are water soluble.
- Pantothenic acid
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
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