A Few Vitamins And Their Benefits
(a)Phylloquinone (Vitamin K1)-This is the natural form of vitamin k. There is no side effects reported about this form of vitamin K and is therefore considered to be safer. The primary sources are dark green vegetables. This vitamin is an antioxidant in the cell membrane.
(b)Biotin (Vitamin H) -This is a water soluble vitamin and its natural sources include some vegetables, liver and egg yolk. This vitamin is important in regulation of blood sugar levels, synthesis of hormones and conversion of carbohydrates and fats into energy.
(C)Alpha-tocopherol (Vitamin E)Main advantages of using vitamin supplements -This is the natural form of vitamin E. It is very effective in inhibiting oxidation of low density lipoproteins- cholesterol. Studies has shown that it is absorbed 2.7 times better that synthetic form of vitamin E. Studies has also shown that it has less tumorgenecity compared to the synthetic form of vitamin E. It is also an essential antioxidant in cell membranes.
(d) Vitamin C -Foods that contain natural form of this vitamin include green leafy vegetables and fruits. The recommended daily intake of this vitamin is five servings of vegetables and fruits. This will result to 210 mg intake of the natural form of this vitamin. This vitamin is very critical in production of various hormones in the body. It is also essential in break down of fatty acids.
(e) Natural food complex vitamin B12 -Natural food complex form of this vitamin is absorbed2.56 times more in the blood than the isolated USP cyanocobolamin form. It is also retained 1.59 times more that the isolated form. This vitamin is very critical in production of myelin sheath.
(f) Folate (VitaminB9) -The natural food complex folate is essential for pregnant women with cases of anemia. Common natural sources of folate include: cereals, some fruits, fresh green vegetables, organ meats, liver and yeast. This natural form of this vitamin was found to be absorbed 1.03 times more in the blood and retained 2.13 times more in the liver than USSP folate. Folate is very essential in production of new DNA and RNA.It is also critical in development of red blood cells.
(g) Glycopyranosyl pyridoxine (VitaminB6) -This form is only found in plant foods. This natural form was found to be absorbed 2.54 times more in the blood than isolated USP form.The main sources of this natural form are rice bran and yeast. It is a very essential vitamin in production of glucose and amino acids in the body.
(h) Niacinamide (VitaminB3) -Only a small amount of niacin occurs in nature. It is found in both niacitinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) and NADP. The natural sources of this vitamin include: fish, yeast, cereal grains, legumes and beef. The natural food complex form of this vitamin is absorbed 3.94 times more in the blood than USP form. It is also retained 1.7 more times more in the liver than the isolated USP form.
This vitamin improves energy production in the cell
(i) Riboflavin (VitaminB2) – This is the free form of vitamin B2.It was found to be retained 1.92 times more in the liver than isolated USP isolated form. This vitamin enhances energy production in the cell.
(h) Natural thiamin (vitaminB1) – The common natural sources of this vitamin are legumes and yeast. It is usually destroyed above pH8. The natural food complexion form of thiamin was found to be retained1.27 times more in the liver than isolated USP form. This vitamin is very essential in break down of carbohydrates to glucose.
(i) Natural Vitamin A -The natural sources of this vitamin include foods rich in beta- carotenes such as green leafy vegetable and carrots. It is very vital in improving vision. It is also very effective in improving the skin. The natural form of vitamin A has been found to be less toxic compared to the synthetic form. The natural form was found to be absorbed 1.54 times more in the blood than the synthetic form.