Vitamin Guide


Definition: A group of substances essential to normal metabolism, growth and development, and regulation of cell function; vitamins work together with enzymes, co-factors, and other substances.


Food Sources: Vitamins are obtained from food, except for vitamin D and vitamin K, which the body can synthesize. There are 13 vitamins needed by the body: Vitamins A, C, D, E, K, and the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and biotin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and folacin). In addition, vitamin A, which comes from animal sources such as eggs and meat, is present in the form of a precursor, beta-carotene, when manufactured by plants.

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