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Vitamin E – Tocopherol

Olive Oil - Vitamin E

Vitamin E is not a single organic chemical compound but a group of 8 organic compounds which performs certain biological functions. The organic compounds fall under tocopherols and tocotrienols.  The most common forms forms of this vitamin are γ-tocopherol and α-Tocopherol. This is a fat soluble vitamin, and are present in ... Read More »

Vitamin K – Phylloquinone

Vitamin K sources

Vitamin K1 is technically called as Phylloquinone (other form of vitamin K is Vitamin K2 called as  menaquinones ) . It is one of the fat soluble vitamins . The vitamin K is essential for the blood to clot in case of cuts. It helps in the modification of proteins for aiding the blood to coagulate. Vitamin ... Read More »

Vitamin A – Retinol, Carotenoids

Carrot a Good source of Vitamin A

 Vitamin A like few other vitamin is not a single organic chemical compound, instead it is group of different organic compounds which facilitates certain biological functions. Retinol, retinal and four other carotenoids (The carotenes alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, gamma-carotene; and the xanthophyll beta-cryptoxanthin; of which beta carotene is the most important). Vitamin ... Read More »

Vitamin C – Ascorbic Acid

vitamin c

Vitamin C also called as ascorbic acid is the most important of vitamins. It is a non-essential nutrient in many species (which means they can synthesize it in within themselves). However humans and few other animals cannot synthesize it and require regular dietary intake of this vitamin. As said earlier ... Read More »

Vitamin B9 – Folic Acid

Green peas - Folic Acid

Folic acid also known as vitamin B9 is a water-soluble vitamin. Folic acid by itself is not a biologically active chemical but it becomes biologically active after a chemical transformation in liver. Human body always has a reserve of folic acid, and this is essential for synthesizing DNA and repairing ... Read More »

Truth about Vitamins and Micro Nutrients Supplements

vitamin supplements

Vitamins and micro-nutrients supplements constitute a huge industry by itself. People are very keen today to buy some vitamin supplements as they are increasingly getting aware of the missing nutrients in their daily diet. However people don’t understand the science behind the micro-nutrients. Vitamins are classified in to two categories, ... Read More »

Vitamins – What are Vitamins?

What are vitamins

Vitamins are an organic compound required for proper functioning of all bodily functions. They were named as Vitamins as initially they were assumed to only amines, so ‘vital’ ‘amines’ became vitamins. However vitamins are vastly diversified chemical compounds. Another generic definition of a vitamins are ‘those chemical compounds that cannot ... Read More »