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Importance of Vitamins for Our Health

Updated on May 3, 2014

What are Vitamins?

Vitamins and minerals provide unlimited number of health benefits, but, before i talk about all the health benefits, let's first understand what vitamins are. Vitamin are organic compounds, essential nutrients, that are required by our body to carry our all the important functions in our body. some vitamins can not be synthesized by our body, and therefore, our body obtains them from our diet.

Vitamins participate in many complex biochemical reactions inside our body. End result of such biochemical reactions is what allows our body to carry out all the tasks necessary to maintain life.

Some Examples of Vitamins

Common vitamins, that we hear about often, are vitamin A, B (complex of vitamins), C, D, E and Vitamin K.

Out of all the vitamins listed above, only vitamin B and C are water soluble. All other vitamins are water insoluble.

Function of Vitamins

So, why are vitamins beneficial? Why are they necessary?

As stated above, vitamins play an important role in maintaining health by participating in variety of biochemical reactions. Vitamin A is essential for maintaining healthy eyesight, vitamin B for optimal metabolism, vitamin C for healthy immune system, vitamin D for healthy bones, vitamin E for dealing with reactive oxygen species and vitamin K for optimal metabolism and guy health.

Vitamins provide unlimited number number of benefits, a book could be written just outlining the benefits, but major functions of them are listed above.

Getting Enough Vitamins

Looking at the number of benefits that vitamins provides, it is important not to become vitamins deficient as deficiencies lead to many medical disorders. One way to make sure that you are getting enough vitamins is to maintain a well balanced diet which includes all the necessary vitamins. If our diet is unable to provide sufficient amounts of vitamins, then vitamin supplements are another option, which can be considered by talking to your family doctor.

You doctor should decide the proper dosage of supplements that your body needs. The kind of dosage you need depends on a number of things; such as the levels of deficiency, your medical conditions, medical history, your other medication, etc.

How Much is Too Much?

How do you know what's the minimum amount of specific vitamin that you need daily? How much is too much?
To answer that questions, most countries have developed Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) tables, which list the minimum and maximum amounts along with other useful information.
These RDA number should be taken into consideration to maintain a healthy and nutrient rich diet.

Whenever you start any new medication or supplement, make sure you seek the advice of your health care specialist first. This is one point that I want to emphasize a lot. You doctor is in the best position to make the best decision for you. Your doctor has the clinical knowledge, experience, your medical history and everything else at his disposal to figure out what works for you. Make sure you make use of that resource before ingesting anything down your throat.

I often see people trying out all kind of supplements. They go to their local supermarket and pick supplements that they think they need. But, the reality is different. You need evidence of what your body really needs, and then try anything under the supervision of your doctor.

Although the recommended doses of supplements that you buy from local markets are not very harmful, they still have the ability to interfere with the normal functioning of your other medications, if you are taking any. They may hinder their process, and as a result, prevent you from getting treated properly.

Sometimes, you may have a certain medical condition that may require you to not take any vitamin supplements. You may not be aware of that, but family doctor sure should. Therefore, it is in your best interests to seek the advice of your physician before trying anything new. I know I sound very repetitive here, but this one is super most important. It's your health, you need to take care of it. Sometimes, you can not undo the damage caused by unwanted drugs. So, proper advice is really important.

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      Rebecka Vigus 4 years ago from Johns Island, SC

      Well written, although I believe our vitamins need to come from what we eat and not from a pill.

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      invisibled 4 years ago

      Thanks for your comment Duchessoflilac1!

      I agree with you completely, pills should be the very last option.

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