Vitamins

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VITAMIN A

Vitamin A is also called retinol. There are two different types of vitamin A. For example, you have the variant that you get from meat and fish products and animal milk products, and a variant that your body can make itself from the carotene from various fruit and vegetables.

Retinol supports your immune system and your reproductive system. It also fights free radicals in your body as an antioxidant. In short, it is an essential vitamin to our health.

When you are deficient in retinol, you can suffer from night blindness, infertility, dry eyes, and a weakened immune system. It is therefore important to get enough of this vitamin.

VITAMIN B1

Vitamin B1 is also called thiamine. Vitamin B1 is one of the eight important B-vitamins for your body. Do you want to be sure of having enough energy throughout the day? Then you wouldn't want to miss your vitamin B1! Your energy management only functions optimally when you consume sufficient B1.

The essential thiamine fulfills a critical purpose within the functioning of your nervous system. Your heart muscles also perform well with the help of vitamin B1, which gives this vitamin a crucial role for your overall health. Vitamin B1 also functions as a co-enzyme during enzyme reactions that help you to convert the carbs you consume into energy to help you perform better.

When you don't consume sufficient amounts of thiamine, you can develop various complaints and symptoms. Think of symptoms like heart issues, fatigue, and numb legs (fortunately, the paralyzing disease Beriberi doesn't appear in our current society anymore). thiamine deficiency can also cause mental illnesses. Because of that, people with a lack of vitamin B1 may experience memory problems, being unable to concentrate, or experience symptoms of depression.

VITAMIN B2

Vitamin B2 is also called riboflavin. This vitamin is found in milk and meat products, but also in grains. Although little information is known about this vitamin, it is very important for your body.

Riboflavin ensures that your body can obtain energy from carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It keeps your energy supply in balance. In addition, it also improves the immune system, as riboflavin also functions as an antioxidant.

A riboflavin deficiency can lead to a weak immune system, neurological complaints, eye problems and a swollen tongue.

VITAMIN B3

Vitamin B3 is also called niacin. You get this substance from various fruits and vegetables, but also from animal products. In addition, your body can also produce vitamin B3 by itself with the help of tryptophan.

Niacin helps the body to produce fatty acids and keeps your energy supply in balance. It also protects your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays.

When you are deficient in niacin, it can lead to pellagra, complaints of arthritis, and reduced brain function.

VITAMIN B6

Vitamin B6 is also called pyridoxine. Vitamin B6 is common in eggs, meat, fish and animal dairy products. Nowadays it is also widely added to vegetable milk products for support.

Pyridoxine contributes to the production of blood cells and the breakdown of amino acids. In addition, it helps to maintain the functioning of your nervous system.

When you are pyridoxine deficient, you can suffer from fatigue, rashes, mood swings, and a weakened immune system.

VITAMIN B8

Vitamin B8 is also called biotin. This vitamin is very important for your body. You can get it from legumes, organ meats and animal dairy products. This vitamin is also often added to vegetable milk products for support.

Biotin breaks down carbohydrates and fats so that you can get energy from them. In addition, it keeps your LDL cholesterol level in check, and supports the production of keratin. Your body does not produce biotin itself, so you must obtain it from your diet.

A deficiency in biotin can lead to hair loss, broken nails, fatigue, ataxia and even epilepsy.

VITAMIN B12

Vitamin B12 is also called cobalamin. Vitamin B12 is a vital vitamin to your body. This essential vitamin helps to create red blood cells, allowing your body to transport more oxygen towards your organs and muscles. It also regulated the DNA-synthesis of your major organs, including bone marrow.

Having enough cobalamin helps to regulate the oxygen being transported throughout your body. It protects your nerve cells as well, allowing sensory input to be immediately recognized and it also increases your bone-density. It also has great effects on your mental health as it helps to synthesize serotonin, a substance that promotes a better mood.

A deficiency in cobalamin can have both psychological and physical effects. Because your body lacks the red blood cells, it will be unable to transport enough oxygen to the organs and muscles, including your brain. When this happens, you can become more irritable, feel weaker and can even have troubles moving around.

VITAMIN C

Vitamin C is also called Ascorbic Acid. Vitamin C is one of the most well-known vitamins. This vitamin mainly functions as an antioxidant and can be obtained from many fruit and vegetable products.

Ascorbic Acid is essential for the creation and repair of connective tissue, such as your skin and muscles. In addition, it also contributes to the production of collagen and keeps your iron absorption balanced.

When you have too little Ascorbic Acid in your body, it can lead to scurvy symptoms, wounds that open again, more bruises and an iron deficiency.

VITAMIN E

Vitamin E is also called  alpha-tocopherol. This vitamin is an antioxidant. Vitamin E is commonly found in fatty products, such as oils, fatty meat and fish. It is an important vitamin for your body.

Alpha-tocopherol takes care of the metabolism within your cells and it protects your organs, blood vessels and tissue against harmful invaders from the outside. It also contributes to the energy balance of your body.

A alpha-tocopherol deficiency can lead to tingling in the limbs, poor balance, a weakened immune system and even impaired cognition.

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