Vitamins And Their Role In Our
By Charlene J. Nuble
Vitamins, like minerals, are an essential part of the function and health of
the body system. While many vitamins serve individual purposes, the more common
way for vitamins to function properly is as cofactors to or in partnership with
other vitamins, minerals, nutrients and other substances in the body such as
enzymes. Some of the most important processes in the body are the result of
Vitamins partnering with each other to achieve certain affects, processes or
Two of the most essential and most powerful vitamin partnerships are the
group of eight vitamins that make up the nutritional powerhouse that is
collectively known as the Vitamin B complex and the group of three vitamins that
are known as the antioxidant vitamins. In addition to these, there are varieties
of other combinations of vitamins that serve essential purposes within the body
thus preserving health and enhancing function.
The vitamins that make up the Vitamin B complex include Vitamin B1
(Thiamin), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic
Acid), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine), Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid or simply Folate),
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) and Biotin (Vitamin H).
The degree to which the Vitamin B complex affects bodily function and
health, as well as the function and health of the mind in terms of cognitive
processes and emotional balance and stability is nothing but amazing. The
Vitamin B complex is at work in and is essential to every major system of the
body and is a part of almost every important function and process.
The group of vitamins that is known as the antioxidant group is made up of
Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin A. Each of these vitamins are powerful agents
on their own, serving individual essential purposes in the body. But they are
their most powerful and useful when they combine their strengths thus serving as
antioxidants. They function to rid the body of the cell and tissue damaging free
radicals that have been associated with a variety of degenerative processes and
diseases including the effects of the basic aging process and the declining
abilities of the mind. Some studies have suggested connections between free
radicals and such infirmities as heart disease and Alzheimer's disease.
Free radicals are destabilized molecules, created when a weakened molecule
splits and leaves the free radical without one of the electrons it needs.
Weakened molecules can result from the body's natural metabolic processes as
well as from environmental contaminants such as pollution. The free radicals
attack other molecules in the effort to take the electron that it is missing.
This damages the attacked molecule, making it a free radical too. When enough
free radicals emerge in a cell, it can cause cellular damage, which, as more
free radicals continue to be produces, can cause tissue damage. Antioxidants
bring these free radicals under control by giving them the electron that they
need, bringing to an end their aggressive behavior against other molecules.
Because of this, antioxidants are sometimes even coined as the Fountain of Youth
of the New Age.
Nutritional supplements can ensure that your body has enough of the
nutrients it needs to support these important partnerships. Attention to
nutrition is one of the most important things you can do for the overall health
of mind and body.
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