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How Vitamins Pertain To You

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  • Are organic (carbon-containing) substances required in very small amounts to regulate various processes within the body
  • Humans need 13 vitamins

The 13 essential vitamins[2]

  • A
  • B-6
  • B-12
  • Biotin
  • C
  • D
  • E
  • Folate
  • K
  • Niacin
  • Pantothenic Acid 
  • Thiamin
  • Riboflavin



Whats The Point In Taking Vitamins[3]

  • They help chemical reactions take place
  • Unleash energy stored in carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
  • Help produce red blood cells
  • help with the maintenance of the nervous, skeletal, and immune system
  • Some act as antioxidants, so they help preserve healthy cells in the body ex. vitamin E



Cool Facts[4]

  • B-12 is needed to prevent anemia, nerve damage, and helps regulate red blood cells
  • B-6 plays a roll in cancer immunity and helps if you suffer from water retention, and is also needed for normal brain functions
  • Folic acid helps with depression

What Happens To Your Body When Your Lacking Vitamins??[5]

  • Without A-Night blindness, scaling skin and kindney stones may occur
  • Without D-Rickets, bone softening may occur
  • Without E-Red blood cell breakage and anemia, weakness, and muscle cramps may occur
  • Without K-Hemorrhaging may occur
  • Without Biotin-Rash, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, depression, fatigue, and hair loss may occur
  • Without Folate-Weakness, fatigue, shortness of breath, and swollen tongue may occur
  • Without Niactin-Pellagra may occur
  • Without Panothenic Acid-fatigue numbness and tingling of hands and feet may occur
  • Without Riboflavin-Cracks at corners of mouth, sore throat, skin rash, and purple tongue may occur
  • Without Thiamin-beriberi may occur
  • Without Vitamin B-6-Anemia, convulsions, nausea, and confusion may occur
  • Without Vitamin B-12-Anemia, fatigue, nervous system damage, and sore tongue may occur
  • Without Vitamin C-Scurvy, anemia, reduced resistance to infection, loosened teeth, joint pain, poor wound healing, and hair loss may occur


              You Might Get Sick!!!!


[6]ABC Article



Americans spend nearly $9 billion every year on vitamin and mineral supplements in the belief that they can help prevent disease and improve health.

No one questions the value of a daily multivitamin, and yet some experts say additional supplements are unnecessary, and in some cases may be dangerous.


Be Careful, vitamins can sometimes be dangerous!

  •      Vitamin E     Vitamin E was shown in one study to increase rates of congestive heart failure. According to the Medical Letter, a nonprofit research group, one study found that long-term use of vitamin E supplements did nothing to prevent cancer or major cardiovascular events -- and may have even increased the risk of heart failure for patients with vascular disease or diabetes. And a cancer study found that patients taking vitamin E while undergoing radiation therapy had a higher rate of cancer recurrence than patients taking a placebo.


  •      Beta carotene     Beta carotene was found to increase the rate of lung cancer in one study of smokers. Another study found that smokers and asbestos-exposed workers, when given doses of beta carotene and vitamin A, had an increased risk of lung cancer, death from cardiovascular disease and overall mortality. The rate of death was so high that the study was stopped early.


  •      Vitamin A          Too much vitamin A from supplements and food increased postmenopausal women's risk of hip fractures. Another study found that a high intake of vitamin A was associated with birth defects when taken during early pregnancy.


  •      Calcium     Even calcium, which is encouraged in large amounts as women get older, can be dangerous. The Women's Health Initiative, though it found calcium and vitamin D can lower the risk of hip fractures in women over 60, also found that women taking calcium were at a higher risk for kidney stones. One woman we spoke with, Arlene Freedman, was taking calcium supplements while also eating a diet rich in calcium. Then a routine blood test revealed all these sources of calcium were too much .



 Sooo Take your vitamins every day :)







  1. Fit and Well Chapter 8 page 232
  2. Fit and Well Chapter 8 page 232
  3. Fit and Well Chapter 8 page 232
  4. http://ivy_league0.tripod.com/rhyme_of_the_ancient_wanderer/id76.html
  5. Fit and Well Chapter 8 page233
  6. http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/WomensHealth/story?id=1911337&page=1
  7. Fit and Well chapter 8 pages 232-233

Comments (5)

Helena Baert said

at 9:05 pm on Sep 11, 2008

This is an excellent article, it is easy to read, very informative and fun to read! Great images to make the article appealing! Well done Lauren!

Pauline Ripley said

at 10:49 pm on Sep 29, 2008

I think it's awesome! All i changed was the colors of the vitamin names and highlighted the important things on how vitamins help us!

Helena Baert said

at 11:50 am on Sep 30, 2008

Second Author suggestions: format the ABC article so it makes more sense and it becomes more readable. People won't read full text, it is a great article but it needs the right formatting to give it justice! tx:)

Sonya Garrison said

at 10:32 am on Oct 10, 2008

Vitamins are very needed. I like how you explained why

Katie Salling said

at 8:35 pm on Dec 1, 2008

A lot of people dont get the nutrients they need from food and they can help make up that loss by taking vitamins. This article is very educational and may persuade those who dont take vitamins to start!

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