The word ‘vitamin’ comes from the Latin for ‘life’ (vita) and ‘amine’ (nitrogen) the ‘e’ in amine was later dropped.
Vitamins are small organic compounds that our body absorbs through our foods. We need these compounds in small amounts on a daily basis, to stimulate hormone production, help produce new cells and help the bodies metabolism when breaking down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
Vitamins themselves don’t provide the energy for our body, but vitamins are used in the process of breaking down foods to create the energy our body needs.
The are around 13 vitamins that the body needs in order to function properly a very important vitamin for energy release is vitamin B.
Vitamin B is a group of compounds that work in concert to help maintain a healthy body and related systems. They are primary in the successful release of energy through-out the body. One important metabolic process is the breaking down of carbohydrates (starch and sugar) into glucose.
Carbohydrates are important for giving us instant energy to perform well throughout the day. Without them doing basic things such as running, walking, playing sports becomes hard and cumbersome. So having a good supply of vitamins improves your metabolism and its ability to break down carbs and to release energy into other areas of your body.
The breaking down of proteins is equally important in the metabolic process. Proteins are made up of small molecules called amino acids, they combine together to produce a chain of amino acids. Amino Acids can form together in many different combination’s to produce different types of proteins. The body breaks down the proteins consumed in foods back into amino acids and then reassembles them to create the protein chains it needs.
Most meats are rich in all the amino acids your body needs. When all the necessary amino acids are together they form what is called a complete protein, this will give you all the proteins you need to get you through the day. Incomplete proteins are found in foods like vegetables which don’t quite contain a full complement of the right amino acids. To complete your intake you would need to mix these vegetables with a side of meat, soya beans or wheat grain foods.
Examples of vitamin B:
Thiamin (B1) Riboflavin (B2) and Niacin (B3) are all integral for energy release
Vitamin B6 and B12 are very important for your metabolism producing cells and maintaining a healthy lipid system(blood system).
These vitamins can be obtained from foods like legumes, seeds, wholemeal wheat, leafy greens, and most meats.
vitamins provide us with compounds which enable our system to function properly. Vitamins are not the only form of nutrients we need, others include:
Minerals such as calcium, zinc, potassium, and magnesium are needed in small amounts by our body. Calcium is perhaps the more obvious one, for strong bones, but magnesium is a some what overlooked mineral which also helps in energy production
Antioxidants are very important for preventing cell and nerve damage in the body and brain, they help destroy free radicals (toxic molecules that destroy healthy cells). With fewer toxic cells our body can function better and help fight against bad cells that encourage premature aging.
In order for our brain and body to function it needs a good supply of vitamins, minerals, fats and proteins. Memory Vitamins can help us maintain a healthy mind, and the natural release of energy through our foods will give you a good supply of glucose and other important nutrients. All these things in motion will keep your metabolism and lipid system healthy.