What Are Vitamins?

A vitamin is an organic compound and is a vital nutrient. It is only required in limited amounts but the human body cannot function properly if it is deficient in any one of the fourteen known vitamins.

An organic chemical compound is called a vitamin when the organism cannot synthesize the compound in sufficient quantities, and it must be obtained through the diet; thus, the term “vitamin” is conditional upon the circumstances and the particular organism. For example, ascorbic acid (one form of vitamin C) is a vitamin for humans, but not for most other animal organisms.

The body requires vitamins (virtually tasteless, organic compounds) in small amounts to maintain normal metabolic functions. Vitamins help regulate metabolism, convert energy into ATP, promote growth and reproduction, and help avoid serious conditions related to deficiency.

There are criteria for classifying vitamins: A compound is a vitamin when:1) it cannot be built in ample amounts by the body; and 2) physical symptoms have been linked to a chronic deficiency. In addition, replenishment of deficient vitamin removes symptoms of deficiency.

Why Use Supplements?

Vitamin supplements are important when you consider the dramatic reduction in nutrient content in most foods that are available in this country. Many health problems stem from a simple lack of bioactive vitamins in our food, not to mention mineral depletion. Ideally we should not have to supplement our diets with vitamins and minerals if the major cultivation practices were closer to what small farms have done for thousands of years. Sadly, this is not the case. There are growing numbers of people who see the benefit of small farming practices and are working towards implementing it and spreading awareness of this important issue. Getting all the original nutrients back into the soil and into the foods we eat is a much better solution than taking supplements!

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VITAMIN C (from a non-corn source) is a dietary supplement containing a highly purified source of ascorbic acid, comparable to reagent grade vitamin C. This supplement is especially designed for those individuals with extreme food sensitivities who are not able to tolerate other less pure forms of ascorbic acid. Vitamin C helps detoxify inhaled air pollutants such as free radicals from cigarette smoke and car exhaust. Vitamin C is responsible for many reactions in the body, specifically the manufacture of the collagen and protein that makes up 80% of our connective tissue. It is essential in healing tissue damage and keeping gums healthy. Vitamin C is necessary for the assimilation and utilization of many other nutrients. Vitamin C also contributes to immune function and the production of hormones and other chemicals that support the body function. Vitamin C is involved with so many of the body's metabolic and immune functions that you always want to have a supply available in the body because the amount available to the body at any given time is dependent on the oxidative stress due to pollution, diet, lifestyle issues, alcohol and tobacco; all of the above will use up the available C and also B vitamins immediately. VItamin C just to refer to a few of its functions is the major antioxidant in the bloodstream. Protecting the blood (fats) from free radical damage, Vitamin C stabilizes the three most potent free radicals: superoxide, hydroxyl and singlet oxygen. Vitmian C also plays an important role in cell movement. This is the reason so many books and research papers have been written just on vitamin C. Its role in body function is so enormous.
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