A vitamin is one of a group of substances made up
partly of carbon that are essential in small amounts for
normal bodily functioning and chemical processes in
the body to take place. If one does not get enough
vitamins in the diet, various types of diseases and
deficiencies can occur in the body, specific to the type
of vitamin that is lacking. However, when the vitamin
that is lacking is administered to a person with a
vitamin deficiency, the symptoms associated with the
lack of that vitamin usually improve. While vitamin
deficiency can be dangerous, vitamin toxicity (taking
vitamins in excess) can also be dangerous.
Fruits and vegetables are a
great source of vitamins.
Vitamins are present in various types of foods and dietary supplements. We must get
vitamins from these sources because the body cannot make all of the vitamins it needs
by itself, although there are a few exceptions. There is no single food source that
contains all of the vitamins people need. Vitamins are classified based on various factors
such as: (a) their chemical makeup, (b) their effects on the body, and (c) how readily
they dissolve in fat. Vitamins that dissolve in water are the B complex and C vitamins.
Vitamins that dissolve in fat are vitamins A, D, E, and K. Vitamin comes from the Latin
word "vita" meaning "life," and the German word "amin" referring to the false notion that
One of the best ways to get all the vitamins and minerals your body needs in one place is to take a well
rounded multivitamin or specially formulated women's vitamin. The best vitamins contain a balance of
pure antioxidants, multiple vitamins, and minerals like iron and calcium.