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25 Jul 2012
Why can't your body make vitamins? This is an important question whose answer is easy to understand. Since we cannot synthesise vitamins or can only do so in amounts deficient to meet our needs, they must be taken from the diet or from some artificial source, hence vitamins are referred to as essential nutrients. Since the body very simply cannot synthesise many of the vitamins it needs, a good multivitamin is important. If a vitamin is missing from the diet or is not sufficiently 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, realise that you only get one body, but you can always bid on a new car. Think of your body as a well oiled machine, with millions of interlocking parts, bars and bolts if you will, that all assist each other and work together to seamlessly sustain life on a daily basis. This, at least in a abstract way, is how your body works, but we all know the kinds of harmful effects that malnutrition, disease and injury can have on a person. When your body lacks the important raw ingredients it needs to function properly, a cascading effect occurs that touches on every one of your body's systems and causes them to operate badly or even cease operating altogether. Taking supplemental vitamins is akin to using high performance fuel for your car, only hundreds of times better and far less expensive. Your body runs more efficiently and is able to better resist breaking down and disease. Your immune system functions better, your thinking clears and your body works better when it has the essential nutrients it needs. Unfortunately a side effect of our diet means that a vast majority 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 held onto 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 often destroyed or eliminated during food storage or cooking. To lower vitamin loss, refrigerate fresh fruit, and hide grains away from hot light. A, D, E and K, dissolve in fat before they are absorbed in the blood and are stored in the liver. An essential point to note is that we unarguably need vitamins, to operate effectively and be healthy. Our bodies cannot make many of the vitamins that we need on a daily basis. We must source them in our food, and by dosing a multivitamin supplement.


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