What Do Vitamins Do?
Please find below an abbreviated list of the vitamin functions. Their interaction are extremely complex, but this describes their principle benefits:
- A (retinol) - Formation and maintenance of skin, hair, and mucous membranes, eye health, bone and tooth growth, red blood cell formation, reproductive health.
- B1 (thiamine) - Helps the body release energy from carbohydrates, essential for growth and muscle tone, nervous system function.
- B2 (riboflavin) - Helps the body release energy from protein, fat, and carbohydrates, growth and development, red blood cell development.
- B3 (niacin) - Conversion of food into energy, digestion, cholesterol production, nervous system function.
- B5 (pantothenic acid) - Helps release energy from fats and carbohydrates, hormone production, nervous system function, red blood cell formation.
- B6 (pyridoxine) - Immune function, nervous system function.
- B9 - (folate) - Aids in genetic material development, red cell production, protein metabolism.
- B12 (cobalamin) - Aids cell development, functioning of nervous system and metabolism of fat and protein.
- C - (ascorbic acid) Essential for structure of bones and cartilage, muscle and blood vessels, helps maintain capillaries and gums and aids in absorption of iron, antioxidant.
- D - Aids in bone and tooth formation, blood pressure regulation, hormone production, immune function.
- E - (tocopherol) - Antioxidant, formation of blood vessels, immune function.
- K - Essential for blood clotting functions, strong bones.
- Choline - A precursor acetylcholine, essential for liver function, brain function.