All about Vitamin B12

This article explains the need of vitamin B12 in the body as well as its function. Also the question ‘why we should take vitamins in right proportion?’ as well as minimising the use of supplements is explained below.

Vitamins occur naturally in all food items and are required in very small quantities for the proper functioning of the body. There are various functions of the vitamins in our body such as suggest producing energy, maintaining cell growth, making red blood cells, etc. In all there are 30 vitamins that are needed by our body in which 8 are grouped under B complex vitamins. Advertisement

It is also true that without the vitamin B a body will definitely lack energy. A body takes up energy from breaking down nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats.

Benefits

These nutrients acts as fuel and Vitamin B group help the body to use these fuels and extract energy. The role of other vitamins is also very necessary in maintaining the overall growth of the body as well as helping cells to multiply and make new DNA.

The vitamin B is found in many food items and these food items can be identified as they are what soluble and very delicate. These food items can be characterized by the fact that they are destroyed by alcohol, by cooking and food processing. This reduces the the B12 compound in them and decrease in nutrients.

It is very important to take small amount of vitamins on a daily basis. The human body has only limited capacity to store the vitamin B. Although most of the vitamin B groups are not able to be stored in the body except the folate and B12 which are stored in the liver.

A person who does not have a proper diet may suffer from some deficiency disease in quite some time. Hence, it is very essential to take appropriate amount of nutritious food in order to maintain the vitamin B level in the body.

Taking the vitamin B group supplement has sometimes seen to mask deficiencies of other vitamins too. Hence it is very important not to diagnose the deficiency of Vitamin by yourself but rather consult a doctor and if he/ she suggests you supplement, then only take it.

This is because taking vitamin B without consultancy of doctor may be very dangerous to the body. The vitamins are required in very small quantities in the body and supplements might be toxic sometimes.


What is Vitamin D

VitaminD is as important for the body as the other types of vitamins.

People often forget the essentiality of vitamin D. The deficiency of this may lead to some serious health problems.

Hence, a detailed information about this vitamin needs to be  known to everyone. This article explains all about Vitamin D, its deficiency diseases as well as the symptoms of deficiency diseases in brief.

Why Vitamin D

Vitamin D is very essential for the body to work properly. The best source of vitamin D is the sunlight. Our body tends to get vit D whenever a body is exposed to sunlight. Also, there are various food items which have high content of vitamin D such as egg yolks, fish liver oil, some specific species of fish, etc. The quantity of Vitamin D is higher in the fortified dairy as well as green products as compared to the vegan food items.

Vitamin D’s  main function in the body is to make the bones strong as well as to maintain the growth of bones. Also vitamin D helps in the absorption of calcium in the body which indirectly make this bones strong. As a result, a person who has less vitamin D in the diet tends to have several deficiency diseases. A disease known as rickets occurs whenever there is a deficiency of vitamin D in the body. In rickets the bone are unable to mineralize properly which leads to formation of soft bones as well as skeleton deformities.

Research also suggests that the role of Vitamin D is not just in the formation of healthy bones but it is also involved in preventing various diseases such as the Type 1 and type 2 diabetes, glucose intolerance and multiple sclerosis. Also the role of vitamin D is associated with hypertension.

Symptoms Vitamin D deficiency and other health risk

One of the most common symptoms of vitamin D deficiency in the body is weakness in the muscles as well as the pain in the bones. For many people, these symptoms are usually not known while in other cases the deficiency of vitamin D occurs without much symptoms. Even then a little deficiency of Vitamin D can pose many health risks.

Low blood levels have been associated with many other things such as cancer,

asthma, etc which usually occur in the children. Cognitive impairment which can be seen in adults above the age of 40. Increased risk of cardiovascular problems is also seen.