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Vitamins: Function of Vitamins in BodyVitamins can be defined as potent a organic compound which is fond in variable and minutes quantity, and must be supplied to the living organisms from external sources for performance of specific physiological functions, vital to life.
Each of essential vitamins has a specific function in the body, but is effective only when taken with one another and in combination with proteins, fat and carbohydrates. Vitamins taken as drug can correct deficiencies treat diseases and make recovery faster.
The Vitamins are widely distributed in nature-both in animal and vegetables sources. The daily total requirement of Vitamins is small as they work in very low concentration. The daily need to any Vitamin for an individual varies according to the rate of metabolism. Thus it is required in larger quantity for people doing heavy muscular work, pregnancy, lactation, growing children etc.
All vitamins when given orally are effective since they are absorbed as such, and are not destroyed in digestive process. The international unit (IU) is a unit of measurement for vitamin potency. The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) is the amount of vitamin or mineral that is required to meet basic nutritional needs, as determined by the National Research Council.
Minerals: Function of Minerals in BodyMineral are naturally occurring inorganic substance required in the structural components of hard and soft body tissue and participate in various body functions. They are required in very small quantities by our bodies and are thus called micro nutrients.
Recent developments in biochemistry, nutrition biology and molecular biology have shown that trace elements like copper, manganese, cobalt, iodine, zinc, fluorine, selenium, vanadium, molybdenum and chromium plays an important role in our health.
Minute quantities of these minerals are required for vital biochemical functions inside the body.
• Minerals play an important role in maintaining the immune system of our body and any deficiency reduces the responsiveness of the system making us more prone to illness and infection.
• Minerals are required to support the enzyme systems to help discharge of unwanted toxins.
• Minerals help to maintain volume of water and balance of various chemical substances, so as to keep the blood and tissue fluids neutral and free from any toxicity.
• Minerals are also essential in our diet for building and maintenance of cells and thereby keeping a body healthy.
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