Health Benefits and sources of vitamins

  • Vitamins are organic food substances found only in living things, i.e. plants and animals.
  • They are essential for our bodies to function properly, for growth, energy and for our general well-being. With very few exceptions the human body cannot manufacture or synthesize vitamins. 
  • They must be supplied in our diet or in man-made dietary supplements. Some people believe that vitamins can replace food, but that is incorrect. In fact, vitamins cannot be assimilated without also ingesting food.
  • That is why it is best to take them with a meal. Synthetic vitamin supplements can be of varying quality, so it is a good idea to get your supplements from a reliable source.

List of vitamins with their Benefits and Sources :

Vitamin A(Retinol)
Vitamin B1(Thiamin)
Vitamin B2(Riboflavin)
Vitamin B3(Niacin, Nicotine acid)
Vitamin B5(Pantothen acid)
Vitamin B6(Pyridoxin)
Vitamin B9(Folic acid)
Vitamin C(ascorbic acid)
Vitamin D(Calciferol)
Vitamin E(Tocopherole)
Vitamin K(Phyllochinone)

Reference United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food & Nutrition Center.
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