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The Importance of Vitamins

The Importance of Vitamins

The body is a remarkable thing. To ensure the body reaches its potential, it is important to provide it with the correct nutrients. Vitamins are essential to allow the body to carry out all of its normal functions. Here are some of the key vitamins that the body requires, and they can all be found in Revive Active products.

Folic acid is the supplement form of folate. Folic acid/folate is important in every diet but especially in the diet of women of childbearing age. Folic acid is a B vitamin and B vitamins are water-soluble meaning they cannot be stored in the body as they are easily flushed out. Because it cannot be stored, it is required in the diet every day to ensure sufficient levels remain in the body. A folic acid deficiency can cause defects of the central nervous system in unborn babies e.g. spina bifida. Folic acid requires vitamin B12 in order to be absorbed. Folic acid is the chemical form of folate and B12 processes folic acid in the body to turn it into folate which is far more absorbable. B12 can be found in meat, fish and dairy products, this means vegans are at particular risk of B12 deficiency anaemia. Vitamin B12 also makes red blood cells and releases energy from the food we eat contributing to normal energy levels and reducing tiredness and fatigue.

Vitamin C helps protect body cells and maintain the health of cells. Vitamin C also promotes the maintenance of healthy connective tissue. This gives support and structure of tissues and organs. It supports the immune system and the normal functioning of the nervous system. The only sources in the diet and fruit and vegetables. As vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, it cannot be stored in the body, so it is important to include it in the diet every day. In very severe cases, vitamin C deficiency can result in scurvy.

 

 

Vitamin D is also known as the sunshine vitamin because it is made by the skin when it is exposed to sunlight. However, due to the Irish climate and the cloud cover we experience for most of the year, Irish people are often lacking in vitamin D. Vitamin D can be found in a few foods including some types of fish, eggs and fortified products. It helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. It also builds and maintains strong teeth and bones as well as muscle health. A deficiency in children can result in rickets and an adult deficiency can lead to osteomalacia. Osteomalacia is a softening of bones.

This blog was written by Laura Murphy who is studying Nutrition, Food and Business Management in St.Angela’s College, Sligo.