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Vitamins are an important part of our body and biology. We need vitamins for our body to survive and to process a lot of our bodily functions. Read more to learn about the different vitamins.

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Kirkman Labs Vitamin E 100 IU 100 Capsules
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Ultra Tested Tested For Than More Than 950 Contaminants Heavy Metals- Bacteria- Yeast- Mold- Pesticides & More Casein & Gluten Free Hypoallergenic Dietary Supplement Kirkman's Vitamin E 100 IU hypoallergenic capsules are produced from synthetically manufactured dl-alpha tocopheryl acetate. There are no animal derived ingredients present, and the vitamin E is soy-free. This is a hypoallergenic formulation, specially designed for individuals with special requirements and sensitivities. Kirkman's Super Nu-Thera products also contain vitamin E. Some of the specialty versions of these products, such as the liquid or hypoallergenic items, have reduced vitamin E levels due to the formulation requirements. Additional supplementation may be indicated for individuals using these products and not getting the balance of their vitamin E requirements from their diet. Vitamin E's role in good health Vitamin E is an essential antioxidant nutrient that is receiving considerable public attention. Interest in the nutrient is high because new scientific data suggests that optimal intake of vitamin E can aid in the neutralization of free radicals. Free radicals originate in bodily processes and also result from environmental exposures. They are held in check by antioxidants. It is important to maintain a healthy balance of antioxidants and free radicals. When free radicals abound because of diet, lifestyle, environment or other negative influences, antioxidant availability is overwhelmed and free radical damage may occur. Antioxidant nutrients play a significant role in the body's defense against excess levels of free radicals. These nutrients include vitamins C, E, beta-carotene and several minerals, such as selenium. These antioxidants all work together. Vitamin E is also important in supporting immune response and may play a beneficial role in allergic response. How does vitamin E function as an antioxidant? Vitamin E, which is fat soluble, is present in lipids, most significantly in the lipids of cell membranes and in circulating low density lipoproteins. As free radicals are produced as byproducts of metabolic processes or originate from environmental pollutants, available vitamin E neutralizes them. If unchecked by an antioxidant, the free radicals attack cell constituents, which can result in: Cell death or alteration of the cell's response Inactivation of enzymes or other proteins What are symptoms of vitamin E deficiency? Protection against damage to cells of course is important. Symptoms of vitamin E deficiency in humans can include nerve damage, muscle weakness, poor coordination, breaking of red blood cells and involuntary eye movement

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Vitamins, keeping us in good health

What are vitamins?

Vitamins are some sort of organic chemical and nutrient that are present in all living things, be it humans, animals, or plants. Vitamins are very important and are needed to sustain our life. Humans get vitamins through the food they eat as our body usually does not in amounts that are enough to sustain our life. It should be noted that humans' vitamins needs are vastly different than that of animals or plants as we have different biology. There are 13 different vitamins that are currently recognized.

Where do we get our vitamins?

We (humans) get our vitamins from food sources mainly, although Vitamin D is produced in our skin by exposure to the sunlight - or ultraviolet B light from the sun, to be precise. The vitamins that we absorb from food usually come from healthy alternatives such as fruits, vegetables, and meat. Therefore it is very vital that we should have a balanced diet that involves proper portion of every type of food to get the optimal amount of vitamins.

Besides food however, we can take vitamin pills nad supplements in the event we cannot receive enough vitamins through oaur daily food intake.

The different types of Vitamins

Vitamin A: Fat soluble. Deficiency can cause night-blindness and keratomalacia (an eye disorder). Sources include: liver, cod liver oil, carrots, broccoli, sweet potato, butter, kale, spinach, pumpkin, egg, milk.
Vitamin B: Water soluble . Deficiency causes beriberi, Wernicke-Koraskoff syndrome. Sources include: yeast, pork, cereal grains, sunflower seeds, brown rice, whole grain rye, asparagus, kale, cauliflower, ptoatoes, eggs.
Vitamin B2: Water soluble. Deficiency can cause ariboflavinosis . Sources include: asparagus, bananas, persimmons, okra, milk, yoghurt, meat, eggs, fish, green beans.
Vitamin B3: Water soluble. Deficiency can cause pellagra. Sources include: liver, heart, kidney, chicken, beef, tuna and salmon fish, milk, eggs, avocados, tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes.
Vitamin B5: Water soluble. Deficiency can cause paresthesia. Sources include: meats, whole grains, broccoli, avocados.
Vitamin B6: Water soluble. Deficiency can cause anemia, peripheral neuropathy. Sources include: meats, bannas, whole grains, vegetables, nuts.
Vitamin B7: Water soluble. Deficiency causes dermatitis and enteritis. Sources include: egg yolk, liver, some vegetables
Vitamin B9: Water soluble. Deficiency can cause pregnancy deficiency linked to birth defects. Sources include: leafy vegetables, legumes, sunflower seeds, liver - and beer contains some moderate amounts!
Vitamin B12: Water soluble. Deficiency can cause megaloblastic anemia. Sources include: fish, shellfish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk and dairy.
Vitamin C: Water soluble. Deficiency can cause megaloblastic anemia. Sources include: fruits and vegetables.
Vitamin D: Fat soluble. Deficiency may cause rickets and ostelomalacia. Produced in skin with exposure to sunlight or artificial light sources.
Vitamin E: Fat soluble. Very uncommon deficiency in humans. Sources include: kiwi fruit, almonds, avocado, eggs, milk, nuts, leafy green vegetables, wholegrains.
Vitamin K: Fat soluble. Deficiency can cause bleeding diathesis. Sources include: leafy green vegetables, avocado, kiwi fruit, and parsley.

There is no way at all that at any point in time whilst we are eating food that we are not absorbing any vitamins at all. However, that does not mean that we should not have properly balanced diets to eat right or to consider supplements.