By: Tristan :)

What are Vitamins?- Vitamins are a type of organic compound that provides the nutrients and nutrition needed for all living organisms to survive. Vitamins also help increase the immune system as well as assist cells and organs in the human body by helping them carry out their specified tasks/functions.There are many different types of vitamins which range from Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, K, B1, B2, B4, B6, B7, B12, Biotin, and Pantothenic Acid.
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This is chemical structure of retinol, which is one of the most common dietary forms or Vitamin A.

This is chemical structure of retinol, which is one of the most common dietary forms of Vitamin A.
What do common vitamins in everyday foods do?-
Vitamin A- is particularly specified to the health of the retinal which is used for for eyesite. Other functions of Vitamin A include: taste, skin health, bone metabolism, Immune functions,etc.
Common foods with Vitamin A- Carrots, vegtables, liver, eggs, and dietary products.
Vitamin B1(thiamine)- mainly used for the nervous system, alchol damaged nerve tissues, digestion, muscles, and heart.
Common foods with Vitamin B1- yeast, pork, refined grains, liver, nuts, and cereal.
Vitamin B2(riboflavin)- mainly used for the hair, nails, skin, growth, and the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and minerals.
Common foods with Vitamin B2- cereals, pasta, cheese, milk, and fish.
Vitamin B6(pyridoxine)- used for preventing common nerve and skin problems, gene expression, and the release of glucose.
Common foods with B6- bananas, meats, pork, dried beans, and fish.
Vitamin B12(cobalamin)- used for making red blood cells, and normal function of nervous system(MAINLY brain).
Common Foods with B12: dairy products, meat,shellfish, poultry, and liver.
Vitamin C- used for the immune system- help prevent bacteria and viruses, reducing cholestrol, and increasing lifespan.
Common Foods with Vitamin C- tomatoes, peppers, potatoe, and berries.
Vitamin D- mainy used for preseving strong bones and teeth in the body.
Common foods of Vitamin D- milk, fish, liver, and SUNLIGHT(though not a food).
Vitamin E- most powerful use is for antioxidant.
Common Foods with Vitamin E- nuts, brocc., sprouts, spinach, bread, and eggs.
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http://kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/nutrition/vitamins_minerals.html

Concerns and Warnings with Vitamin Pills-


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  • Vitamins should not be used as the body's only means of nutrition when dieting(ask a doctor or nutrition specialist before taking Vitamins)
  • try not to exceed the 100% recommended daily value of vitamins- or it could cause minor to severe health problems
  • NOT all vitamins are healthy or needed and each are fitted for a specific persons specified diet- please check with your doctor before taking.

Tristan, what ARE some of the health problems that could arise from taking more than recommended dosages of vitamins and supplements? What system of the body is put at danger, the one which the vitamin is supposed to help target, or additional ones as well? When I was younger, I overdosed on gummy vitamins a number of times, but I don't believe I became very sick. Please mention some risks involved with excessive consumption of vitamins. - Deepa
Health problems vary from vitamin to vitamin, for instance taking to much Vitamin C could cause diarrhea, stomach/abonimal pains, etc. Or too much selenium could lead to even hair loss or nerve damage.
Again what part of the body is affected still varies from vitamin to vitamin, for more information please refer to this VERY HELPFUL webiste:
http://a-andersen.suite101.com/vitamin-overdose-and-symptoms-vitamin-a-b-c-d-e-k-a263906 which tells you the risks of overdosing most vitamins and what affects they have on the human body. -Tristan
Is Vitamin Water actually a good source of vitamins? Or does it have about as much vitamins as another drink such as Orange Juice? -Hayley


Vitamin Water generally contains citric acid, electrolytes, natural flavors, and vitamins, including Vitamins C, B3, B5, B6, B12, and E. -Bunmi

Overview Charts:
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Sources:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thiamine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin
http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/health_advice/facts/vitamins_which.htm
http://kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/nutrition/vitamins_minerals.html
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