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Vitamin Facts For Your Health's Sake

This section of the site deals with the basic facts about vitamins and dispels a few fallacies. Some very useful information is provided on many pages that you may access from the navigation menu on the left of your screen.

Vitamin: a definition

A plain English dictionary defines vitamin as:

Any of a group of organic substances present in food, essential in small amounts for life, absence of which results in a particular deficiency disease.

That is certainly true, but it is far from the whole truth. This definition considers only the direct and dramatic deficiency diseases, such as scurvy due to vitamin C deficiency.

However, there is a long period during which a person may consume less than optimal vitamins before such a disease may be diagnosed. This period may be associated with a wide range of resulting signs and symptoms that regrettably few medical practitioners correctly relate to nutritional deficiencies.

It is important therefore, to take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing. One important step is to learn what you can and we can certainly help you with that important task.

Vitamins: the facts

All of the basic information about vitamins that people would find handy to know, or perhaps should know, is provided.

For example, we answer the question: who needs vitamins? And we tell you why.

We explain the different measurements used for vitamins and explain all of those confusing recommended amounts. We also explain which foods are sources of the vitamin and mineral nutrients we all need.

We discuss the practice of food fortification and the usefulness or otherwise of inorganic substances. We also consider the various forms of supplements available.

Beyond vitamins

When you start to learn about vitamins you quickly discover a number of closely related nutrients, with similar biological functions. We cover these too.

Such things as minerals, bioflavonoids, free radicals and antioxidants are all introduced here. We also considered it appropriate to include homocysteine in this section.

More about vitamins

Yes, like the man in the advert says, "and there's more". We have covered other basic things about vitamins here too.

You'll find information ranging from toxicity (generally from taking too much of a vitamin or mineral) to the best time to take supplements. There's plenty here, so help yourself to that menu on the left.

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