Food Ingredient - Vitamin

Learn more about how vitamins, essential to nutrition, can be incorporated in your products:

Vitamin, which is one of many organic substances essential for normal health 
in limited amounts and for growth in higher forms of animal life. 
Vitamins vary in many ways from other compounds that 
are biologically essential, such as proteins, carbohydratesand lipids. 
Although these latter substances are also important for proper body functions, 
almost all of them can be synthesized in sufficient quantities by animals. 

Vitamins, on the other hand, generally cannot be synthesized in amounts sufficient to meet bodily needs and therefore must be obtained from the diet or from some synthetic source. For this reason, vitamins are called essential nutrients. Vitamins also differ from the other biological compounds in that relatively small quantities are needed to complete their functions. In general these functions are of a catalytic or regulatory nature, facilitating or controlling vital chemical reactions in the body’s cells. If a vitamin is absent from the diet or is not properly absorbed by the body, a specific deficiency disease may develop.

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