We hear about the importance of vitamins all the time, but many of us
don't really have as many facts about vitamins as we need...
Brant, who became a successful althlete in high
school, has studied health and nutritional issues for over 15 years and
personally uses many fitness ideas and supplements that he writes
Since having knowledge is empowering and knowing more about
something either makes it more pleasurable or more useful: sometimes
both. So, without further ado, let's delve into some
of the facts about vitamins.
According to the Medical Encyclopedia, "vitamins are organic
components in food that are needed in very small amounts for growth and
for maintaining good health." The word "vitamin" comes from the
precursor word "vitamine" (vital amine), which got changed to the
modern spelling in 1911 after it was discovered that not all vitamins
are amines --that is, they don't all contain nitrogen.
The fat-soluble vitamins are A, D, E, and K. We mainly get these
vitamins from meats, fish, vegetable oils, dairy products, and animal
fats. True to their name, they get transported throughout the body in
fat. The body stores the excessive amounts of fat-soluble vitamins in
fatty tissues and in the liver. Since these vitamins are stored in the
body, ingesting their sources every single day is not necessary for the
The water-soluble vitamins are B, C, and folic acid. These
also found in meat and fish, but also in fruits and veggies and whole
grains. Since they are transported throughout the body in water, the
body can't store them, but instead urinates or sweats out any
excess. So, these vitamins' food sources, or supplements that
them, are needed every single day. Also, water-soluble vitamins
are destroyed by too-high temperatures, so steaming and grilling over
flame are the preferred methods of preparing their food sources when
you are concerned about ingesting these vitamins.
P - C Complex, Citrus Bioflavinoids, Rutin, Hesperidin
Q - Coenzyme
R - (Also B10)
S - Pteryl-Hepta-Glutamic
Acid, also B11
U - Possibly S-Methylmethionine, Allantoin
The best way to take
vitamin supplements, which almost all of us need
these days no matter how well we eat, is to ingest them with meals,
preferably breakfast or lunch. If you take vitamin supplements on an
empty stomach, you'll just urinate most of them out of your system.
Vitamin supplements should be kept in a cool, dry, dark place so
they don't "spark" (think of fruits in a bowl in the summertime) and
therefore lose their beneficial value.
Vitamin supplements are necessary for most people
to maintain optimal
health, youthfulness, energy levels, and longevity. It is arguable
whether or not there was a time when people could ingest all of the
vitamins they needed just from the foods they ate, but that time seems
past if it ever existed. It is best to take vitamin supplements that
are potent with just one or a few vitamins, rather than a so-called
"multivitamin" which is too diluted with low mixtures of ingredients. (more about Daily Vitamin Supplements)
There are balanced supplements prepared especially for:
Spirulina, or blue-green algae, supplements are among the very
such supplements that you can take.
I hope that these facts about vitamins have helped you out with your
nutritional knowledge. Knowing the facts about vitamins as you do now
should enable you to be able to make much more informed decisions about
your lifestyle and health matters. (See What Vitamins Should I take)
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