Vitamins are essential
nutrients required in very small amounts and serve as facilatators
for normal metabolism, growth and physical well being.
Most vitamins are not made in the body so they must be obtained
from the diet.
The 13 major vitamins
are found in a wide range of foods and each has a different
function in the body. Many are essential for the biochemical
processes within our cells and tissues.
Vitamins are either
fat soluble or water soluble. Fat-soluble means they dissolve
in fat and unsued supplies can be stored in the body. Water-soluble
vitamins dissolve in water and cannot be stored in the body.
Therefore we need a daily supply from the diet.
based on wholegrains, fruit and vegetables, should provide all
the nutrients essential for health.
are at high
for vitamin deficiency and have higher individual needs
for vitamins which will not be covered by diet alone.