Food Acupuncture: the vitamins

 

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Food Acupuncture: Vitamins & Minerals

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The power of vitamins comes from the power of real food

 

Vitamins are organic compounds (micronutrients) required by humans in tiny amounts from their diet. They are essential for life because they play a key role for many major biological reactions to take place in our bodies. They cannot be synthesised by humans.

An organic compound is considered a vitamin if a lack of that compound in the diet, results in signs of deficiency.

Vitamins fall into two groups:

Fat soluble: i.e. soluble in fat and transported in fat, stored in tissue and may be toxic in excess; Vitamins A, D, E, K are dissolved in the fatty/oily parts of animal tissues, grains and vegetables.

Water soluble: i.e. soluble in water and transported in water, easily absorbed and excreted, not stored extensively in tissue and rarely reach toxic levels; B vitamins, vitamin C are dissolved in the watery parts of fruit, vegetables and grains.

There are thirteen different vitamins required every day for good health. Here we present how particular vitamins work in your body, how much of each nutrient you need every day, and what types of food to eat to ensure you are getting an adequate supply.

Read about each vitamin:

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Related material

Read the first article in the series, on what vitamins are and why we need them.

Read the second article in the series on how vitamins work.

Read the third article in the series on supplements.

Read the Recommended Dietary Allowance for vitamins and minerals

Read how supplements are regulated.

In A ticking bomb, Professor Alpar discussed the critical situation in antibiotics with the late Professor Vivian Moses.

A brief biography of Professor Alpar can be found here.

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