Include vitamins or vitamin complexes in your diet and improve your health and well-being
What are vitamins?
Vitamins are indispensable substances in the metabolic processes of food, and are also responsible for different functions of our body, and the lack of any of them can cause serious health problems.
Normally, we extract all these vitamins from food, maintaining a healthy, varied and balanced diet, since the human body cannot produce these vitamins on its own.
What kind of vitamins are there?
Vitamins can be divided into two main groups, fat-soluble and water-soluble, which differ in the way they are absorbed by the body and can be of vegetable or animal origin, both being equally important for our health.
Fat-soluble vitamins are those that are fat-soluble, and are usually present in more fatty foods, and are stored in the liver, small intestine and fat tissues of the body, where a higher concentration of fats and lipids are needed for the solution of these vitamins, which are vitamins A, D, E and K.
Water-soluble vitamins, as their name suggests, are those that dissolve in water, and although it may seem the opposite, water-soluble vitamins are more difficult to consume, since they are easily lost when cooking food and accumulate in our body's water reserves, let's get rid of them through urine or sweat, however they are indispensable for our health and also those that our body needs more.
Therefore, it is advisable to take them with a supplement or vitamin complex.
What are the essential vitamins for our health?
There are 13 different kinds of vitamins A or retinol, B or thiamin, B2 or riboflavin, B3 or niacin, B5 or pantothenic acid, B6 or pyridoxine, B8 or biotin, B9 or folic acid, Vitamin C or ascorbic acid, D or calciferol, E or tocopherol and finally vitamin K and each of them has a specific function in our health.
A or retinol: helps in the formation and maintenance of bones, teeth and soft tissues, such as mucous membranes and skin.
B1 or thiamin: helps cells convert carbohydrates into energy.
B2 or riboflavin: it is essential in the development and growth of the body and in the production of red blood cells.
B3 or niacin: helps maintain a healthy skin appearance and proper functioning of the nervous system, and in high doses can lower cholesterol.
B5 or pantothenic acid: essential in the metabolism of food and involved in the production of hormones.
B6 or pyridoxine: helps in the formation of red blood cells and in the maintenance of brain functions, also intervenes in metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
B7 or biotin: is essential for the metabolism of carbohydrates and proteins, and is involved in the production of hormones and good cholesterol.
B9 or folic acid: is necessary for the production of DNA, which controls tissue growth and cell function.
B12 or cyanocobalamin: is necessary for the growth and creation of nerve tissue, facilitates the synthesis of red blood cells and is involved in the development and maturation of cells in general.
C or ascorbic acid: is a powerful antioxidant, helps to maintain healthy teeth and gums, to absorb essential minerals such as iron and also promotes wound healing.
D or calciferol: promotes the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, this vitamin is obtained through sunlight.
E or tocopherol: is considered the vitamin of youth, as it helps to slow down the symptoms of aging.
Vitamin K: promotes blood clotting and blood circulation.