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Vitamins

Vitamins are organic compounds required by the body in very small amounts. It means vitamins are micronutrients.

Vitamins do not yield energy, but enable the body to use other nutrients.

Vitamins are divided into two groups:

Water soluble vitamins (Vitamin B group and Vitamin C)

Fat soluble vitamins (Vitamins A, D, E and K).

Each vitamin subserves particular function in the physiology of human body. Therefore, deficiency of one or more vitamins leads to specific deficiency diseases. For some vitamins (e.g. Vitamin E), no deficiency disease is yet known.

This page last updated on:
October 15, 2003