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Vitamins

Vitamins are an essential part of a balanced diet. A basic working knowledge of the main vitamins and minerals used by the human body is useful for therapists and practitioners of a wide variety of treatments/therapies.

Definitions:

Vitamin

Any chemical within the group of organic compounds required (in very small amounts) by the body in order to maintain good health. These cannot be synthesized by the body and so are essential constituents of the diet - though most can also be taken in tablet form, as dietary supplements.
Deficiencies (and in many cases also excessive intake) of these substances can lead to specific diseases.

Oil Soluble Vitamins

Vitamins that are soluble in oil. This group are sometimes described as "fat-soluble" rather than "oil soluble".
This group includes: Vitamin "A", Vitamin "D", Vitamin "E", and Vitamin "K".

Water Soluble Vitamins

Vitamins that are soluble in water.
This group includes: Vitamin "C", and the "Vitamin "B" complex.

The following table includes basic information about each of the major vitamins.

Summary Table

Vitamin
Functions
Sources
Signs of
Deficiencies
Signs of
Excessive Intake

A
(Retinol)


B1 (Thiamin, Aneurine)

See also
Vitamin B in the news.

 

 

B2
(Riboflavin)

B6
(Pyridoxine)

B9
(Folic Acid)

 

B12
(Cyanocobalamin)

 

C
(Ascorbic Acid)

D

E
(Tocopherols and Tocotrienols)

 

K

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