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
these substances all contain amino acids.
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.