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25 Jul 2012
Why can't your body make vitamins? This is an exciting question whose answer is easy to understand. Since we are unable to synthesise vitamins or can only do so in amounts insufficient to meet our needs, they must be sourced from the diet or from some laboratory source, hence vitamins are referred to as essential nutrients. Since the body quite simply cannot create many of the vitamins it needs, a good multivitamin is essential. If a vitamin is absent from the diet or is not properly absorbed by an organism, a deficiency disease may develop or the individual may feel tired, irritable and not be as mentally focused. To use a car analogy as an example, remember that you only get one body, but you can always find a new car. Think of your body as a well constructed machine, with millions of interlocking parts, nuts and bolts if you will, that all aid each other and work together to tirelessly sustain life on a daily basis. This, at least in a simplified way, is how your body works, but we all know the kinds of damaging effects that malnutrition, disease and injury can have on a person. When your body lacks the important raw ingredients it needs to run properly, a cascading effect occurs that influences every one of your body's systems and causes them to operate inadequately or even cease functioning altogether. Consuming supplemental vitamins is akin to using high powered fuel for your car, only many times better and far less expensive. Your body runs more efficiently and is able to better avoid breaking down and disease. Your immune system runs better, your thinking clears and your body runs better when it has the important nutrients it needs. Unfortunately a side effect of our diet means that millions of people every day are lacking the most basic nutrition required, let alone getting optimum nutrition levels. There are two groups of essential vitamins, each named according to the materials in which they dissolve. Water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water, are not stored and are removed regularly in urine. We need a continuous supply of these vitamins. The water-soluble vitamins are Vitamin C and the B-complex group. Water-soluble vitamins are commonly destroyed or removed during food storage or preparing. To decrease vitamin loss, refrigerate fresh produce, and hide grains away from hot light. A, D, E and K, dissolve in fat before they are absorbed in the blood and are retained in the liver. An effective point to note is that we definitely need vitamins, to operate effectively and be fit. Our bodies cannot produce many of the vitamins that we need on a daily basis. We must seek them in our food, and by eating a multivitamin supplement.


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