How do vitamins work?

Vitamins are substances that the body needs in very small proportions in order to function properly. Some vitamins like C and B (water soluble vitamins) travel through the blood without issues, but some others (fat soluble vitamins) will need a protein to bind to in order to be used by our body. Since our bodies cannot product all the vitamins we need to get them from the food we eat.

To few of them, and we will get sick, too many of them, and we will get intoxicated. The most common vitamins we need: A, B, C, D, E, K. They are the body’s builders, defenders, maintenance workers, help us build muscle and bones, help us heal.

Water soluble vitamins can be flushed out of the body pretty easily and thus we need to replenish them often: C, B. The fat soluble ones, like K, do not need to be replenished that often and they are stored in our fat cells.

Vitamin B helps enzymes release energy from food, vitamin C helps us fight the infection and make colagen for bones, teeth and healing wounds, vitamin A helps create white blood cells, shape bones and improve vision, vitamin D gathers calcium and phosphorus so that we can make bones, vitamin E acts as an anti-oxidant and vitamin K helps us clot blood.

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