Saturday, February 9, 2013

Vitamins and their functions

Vitamin A
Also known as retinol or beta carotene.
Helps build healthy eyes. required for growth and bone development. Beta carotene is a good antioxidant. Helps healing of infections.

Vitamin B1
Also known as thiamine.
helps in carbohydrates, metabolism, and energy production.

Vitamin B2
Also known as riboflavin.
helps in production of energy from foods and formation of red blood cells

Vitamin B3
Aka niacin
Assists in release of energy from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Helps promote healthy skin.

Vitamin B5
Aka Pantothenic acid
helps release energy from foods; required for synthesis of many substances.

Vitamin B6
essential for protein metabolism and nervous system functions; participates in synthesis of hormones and red blood cells.

Vitamin B9
a.k.a folic acid
essential for red blood cells formation and synthesis of DNA and protein.

Vitamin B12
A.k.a cyanocobalamin
helps maintain healthy nervous system. required for normal growth and for production of red blood cells. Helps break down fatty acids.

Vitamin C
Required for formation of  connective tissues, bones, and teeth. Assists in utilization of other vitamins. Acts as an antioxidant.

Vitamin D
Aides in normal normal bone growth and tooth function. facilitates calcium and phosphorous absorption.

Vitamin E
antioxidant that protects body cells and helps maintain red blood cells

Vitamin H
A.k.a biotin
assists in the metabolism of carbohydrates and synthesis of proteins and fats

Vitamin K
essential in the blood clotting process