Vitamins

Humans require 13 different vitamins. Vitamins are classified as either water-soluble or fat-soluble. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble and Vitamin C and the 8 B vitamins are water-soluble.

Vitamins are essential for normal growth and development and for healthy maintenance of cells, tissues and organs.

Vitamin Facts & Benefits
A – Retinol Promotes healthy bones, skin, hair, teeth, gums and immune system. Aids in cancer, night blindness, disorders of the eyes, skin problems such as acne, immune system, healing of broken bones and damaged skin and organs, maintains balance of sex hormones and shortens the duration of disease.
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Loss of taste and smell, birth defects, fatigue, acne, dry hair, growth retardation, infections, night blindness, distorted color vision, hyperketosis, infertility, insomnia, increased risk of cancer, loss of appetite, weight loss, dry skin, dry mouth, thickened scaly skin on the palms and soles of the feet and difficulty keeping your balance Oranges, cantaloupe, mangoes, ripe yellow fruits, leafy vegetables, carrots, carrot juice, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, squash, spinach, turnip greens, beet greens, tuna, liver, eggs, milk and dairy products
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B1 – Thiamine Needed for energy metabolism and nerve function. It strengthens the nervous system, improves mental attitude and helps with stress.
Deficiencies Sources
Anorexia, senility, confusion, constipation, coordination impairment, depression, labored breathing, GI upset, edema, fatigue, irritability, memory loss, muscle atrophy, nervousness, numbness of the hands and feet, pain hypersensitivity, palpitations, weakness and heart irregularity Whole-grains, most vegetables, dairy products, peanuts, legumes, nuts and seeds
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B2 – Riboflavin  Needed for energy metabolism, vision, skin health, facilitates use of oxygen by body tissues, tissue repair, helps with stress, production of red blood cells and antibodies
Deficiencies Sources
Alopecia, blurred vision, depression, cataracts, cracked lips and tongue, geographic tongue, dermatitis, dizziness, growth retardation, pancreatic atrophy, increased sensitivity to light, irritated eyes and mouth lesions Fish, eggs, cheese, milk, leafy green vegetables, avocados, whole grains, nuts and beans
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B3 – Niacin
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B5 – Pantothenic Acid
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B6 – Pyridoxine
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B7 – Biotin (a.k.a. Vitamin H)
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B9 – Folic Acid
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B12 – Cyanocobalamin
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C – Ascorbic Acid
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D – Cholecalciferol
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E – Tocopherols
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K – phylloquinone
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