March 6, 2015

What is Natural Vitamins?

Category: Nutrition – Sarah – 11:54 am

Vitamins are organic molecules important for the body since it provides the necessary elements for its proper functioning. Our bodies cannot make or synthesize them so we rely on getting them from the foods we eat and we can also get it from pills.

Vitamin deficiency leads to different kinds of problems such as organ malfunction such as Central Nervous System (CNS) and gastrointestinal malfunction caused by lack of Niacin, a well-known vitamin that is used by the body for oxidation-reduction reactions and carbohydrate metabolism.

Natural vitamins are vitamins that come from whole foods and not artificially made. Unlike synthetic vitamins, it comes in a form with enzymes, co-enzymes, co-factors and minerals which works together to produce its intended effect on the body.

Natural foods like orange, vegetables and meat, contains vitamins. A healthy diet ensures that our body gets the vitamins and other nutrients it needs but there are also times that the food available doesn’t contain much vitamins or that the food with the vitamins we need are not available. So sometimes, pills are taken in for source of vitamins and there are pills that contain natural vitamins than synthetic vitamins. To know if the vitamin in the pill is natural, you should also check its form.

Natural Vitamins
Some examples of natural vitamins are as follows:
Vitamin A – a fat soluble vitamin present in food (meat, dark green and yellow vegetables, carrots, orange) as beta-carotene or retinoid. Its function is for maintaining good vision, healthy immune system and proper cell growth.

Vitamin B6 – vitamin that is responsible for nitrogen and fatty acid metabolism; can be found in organ meats, whole grain cereals, legumes, and fish.

Vitamin B12 – also called as cobalamin; known as a brain food, it maintains nerve cells and red blood cells.

Vitamin C – you can get it from citrus fruits, bell peppers, other kinds of fruits.

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