Role of vitamins

Human Nutrition 3(3+0)
Lesson 19 : Vitamins

Role of vitamins

  • Vitamin A is referred to be a vitamin for growth and body repair. It is very vital in the formation of bone and other body tissues and also keeps skin smooth.

  • Vitamin B1 is an energy releasing vitamin which helps to metabolise carbohydrates. It also keeps heart and muscles in good condition.

  • Vitamin C is a commonly known vitamin. This vitamin is very essential as it protects our bones, teeth and gums, and also gives resistance against many infections. It is needed for collagen synthesis in the body. Necessary for wound healing.

  • Vitamin D is very important for children. The common disease seen in kids suffering from malnutrition is rickets, which is actually caused by the deficit of Vitamin D. Bones cannot grow in a normal way if there is a lack of this vitamin. Direct sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D. In adults, Osteoporosis is caused due to lack of Vitamin D. In children the deficiency leads to rickets.

  • Vitamin E is very much essential to prevent sterility. Damage of cells due to aging can be protected by supplementation of this vitamin.

  • Vitamin B6 is necessary for production of antibodies, for Hb synthesis

  • Vitamin B2 is required for carbohydrate and fat metabolism.

  • Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid help in the formation of red blood cells.

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