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VITAMIN A

 

Like all other vitamins, vitamin A (also known as beta-carotene) is essential for your health. This natural pigment contributes to a range of vital processes in the human body which supports a proper functioning immune system. 

THE HEALTH EFFECT


Your body can synthesize vitamin A from beta-carotene pigments. The texture of your skin and the production of new cells can not do without! Vitamin A is crucial for your lung tissue, functioning of your windpipe, your eyes (especially at night), your gums and your hair. 

A DEFICIENCY IN VITAMIN A?


When your vitamin A level is too low, it can lead to night blindness. Even total blindness can be caused by a deficiency of this vitamin. Dull hair may also be a result of a vitamin A deficiency. Finally, this vitamin is essential in the growth of children.


VITAMIN B1



Vitamin B1, also known as thiamine, is one of the eight important B-vitamins for your body. It helps to energize your cells and it helps to create myelin, a protein that protects the nerve ends.

THE HEALTH EFFECT


When you have enough vitamin B1 in your body, your nerve ends are well coated to promote smooth transition of impulses through your senses. Your cells also have enough energy to stimulate your organs, resulting in a healthy bodily function.

A DEFICIENCY IN VITAMIN B1?


A deficiency of vitamin B1 can result in psychological and physical effects. Your body will feel weaker, your heart will pump less blood, resulting in a shortness of breath, less muscle strength and fatigue. Your mind is also affected, showing mostly irritability as a symptom. A deficiency of vitamin B1 can easily be reversed using supplements. Do make sure to consult a doctor before starting to take supplements as they may find another cause of your symptoms. Plant-based phytoplankton capsules are a great way for vegans to gain their nutrients.


VITAMIN B2



Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is the basis of a well-functioning energy supply of the human body. It is very important to the we uptake an adequate amount of this vitamin.

THE HEALTH EFFECT


Vitamin B2 is important for your body & energy level. It works as coenzyme and converts the fat, carbohydrates and proteins from your food into usable energy. A good working metabolism without this vitamin is unthinkable.

A DEFICIENCY IN VITAMIN B2?


If you think you have a deficiency of vitamin B2? If you have irritation or complaints regarding your skin (for example in your mouth, on your tongue or your nose), this may be associated with inadequate intake of this vitamin.


VITAMIN B3



Vitamin B3 is also known as niacin. This vitamin has an essential role in the energy of our body. Also vitamin B3 is essential fort he syntheses of fatty acids in the body.

THE HEALTH EFFECT


Niacin is present as nicotinic acid or nicotinamide in a wide range of foods. In addition, our body can make niacin from the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is one of the building blocks of all proteins.

A DEFICIENCY IN VITAMIN B3?


People who have a deficiency of vitamin B3 can have different symptoms. For example diarrhea, dementia, scurvy and pellagra, a disease that can cause skin disorders. Fortunately, a deficiency in niacine is very rare in modern Western society. Our diet contains sufficient amounts of B3.


VITAMIN B6



Vitamin B6 is essential function for the human metabolism. This vitamin contributes to breaking down and building up amino acids (the building blocks of proteins).

THE HEALTH EFFECT


The development of the human body and the production of blood will not function without vitamin B6. Also this vitamin has a key role in our hormones. Vitamine B6 is also essential for our nervous and immune systems to work properly.

A DEFICIENCY IN VITAMIN B6?


If the intake of vitamin B6 is too low, it can cause a low immunity response, nervous disorders and anemia. However, a deficiency of this vitamin is very rare.


VITAMIN B12



Vitamin B12 (also known as cobalamin) 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.

THE HEALTH EFFECT


Having enough vitamin B12 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 VITAMIN B12?


A deficiency in vitamin B12 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.



BIOTIN



Biotin is also known as vitamine B8 or vitamin H. Your body uses this vitamin include to create energy from your diet.

THE HEALTH EFFECT


Besides that biotin converts food into usable energy, it is also important in the synthesis of fatty acids. Are your hair and your skin in good condition? Then you owe it primarily to this vitamin!

A DEFICIENCY IN VITAMIN BIOTIN?


As sufficient B8 ensures healthy skin, an insufficient intake can result in skin disorders. Also depression and anemia can be caused by a deficiency of biotin. Deficiencies of this vitamin are, however, extremely rare. Our regular diet contains enough B8. 


VITAMIN C



Vitamin C. Everybody knows that this vitamin protects us from the annual flu epidemic. However, this vitamin has a lot more to offer!

THE HEALTH EFFECT


As mentioned, our resistance against for example flu increases with vitamin C. However, this vitamin is also an antioxidant and protects the human tissue from harmful substances. Vitamin C is also essential for the bioavailability of the mineral iron and to create new tissue.

A DEFICIENCY IN VITAMIN C?


Although our daily diet can provide enough vitamin C, it very well possible that we do not get enough. Do you frequently suffer from bleeding gums? This could indicate a deficit. When the intake of vitamin C is too low over a longer period of time, it can cause low disease resistance and poor healing of injuries. In extreme cases, a deficiency can cause internal bleeding and even scurvy.


VITAMIN D



A healthy human body has strong bones. In order to keep our bones in shape we need calcium. To make calcium bioavailable from our diet, we need vitamin D. Without vitamin D, we don’t have strong bones (and teeth)!

THE HEALTH EFFECT


Vitamin D is found in some foods. But our main source is sunlight. Sunlight is ingeniously transformed in our skin into vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for the growth and division of cells as they, for example, occur in our immune system.

A DEFICIENCY IN VITAMIN D?


Children with a deficiency in vitamin D can develop abnormalities in the skeleton. For adults it can lead to weakened muscles or osteoporosis.


VITAMIN E



Vitamin E is also called alpha-tocopherol. The antioxidant effect of this vitamin is crucial for the protection of the human body.

THE HEALTH EFFECT


The protective effect of vitamin E relates to our individual cells (and cell walls, but also our tissue as a whole and the bloodstream. The fatty acids that we ingest through our food, can cause degradation of cell walls by oxidation. Vitamin E supports the recovery of this damage. The vitamin is also important for the metabolism in our cells.

A DEFICIENCY IN VITAMIN E?


Deficiencies in vitamin E are rare. A deficit can result in weakness of muscles, neurological symptoms and anemia.

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