11 interesting facts about Vitamins

Monday, February 22, 2010

  1. A vitamin is an organic compound required as a nutrient in tiny amounts by an organism.
  2. The word “ascorbic,” as in ascorbic acid (the name for Vitamin C), means “no scurvy”.
  3. The term 'vitamin' first became popular in the early 1800s as a portmanteau of the words 'vital' and 'mineral', though the actual meaning of the word has developed somewhat since that time.
  4. Vitamin A was given the first letter of the alphabet, as it was the first to be discovered.
  5. Vitamins are classified as either water-soluble or fat soluble. In humans there are 13 vitamins: 4 fat-soluble (A, D, E and K) and 9 water-soluble (8 B vitamins and vitamin C).
  6. Vitamin B6 is found in a wide variety of foods including fortified cereals, beans, meat, poultry, fish, and some fruits and vegetables.
  7. Vitamin C It helps slow down or prevent cell damage. Vitamin C is an antioxidant but is also vital for the production of collagen and enhances iron absorption.
  8. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, neutralizing cell-damaging free radicals in the body.
  9. Vitamin E also protects the skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet light.
  10. Vitamin D (Ergosterol) helps to build bones and teeth, strengthens the nervous system, and assists in normal blood clotting.
  11. It has been proven that cancer is a deficiency disease caused by the lack of Vitamin B17 (Laetrile).