Water Soluble Vitamins Are Critical to Human Health

Water soluble vitamins must be replenished more often because they are more easily excreted in urine. While there is little worry of overdosing on these vitamins, you have to make sure that you get enough since you can’t really hold onto them.
Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid. It is needed for connective tissue which includes the muscle, fat, and cartilage, and ligament system of the body. Vitamin C is famously known as an immunity booster and immune system helper. If quickens the rate of new cell production, fights allergies, and helps to create new hormones and other chemicals.
Vitamin B1, also known as Thiamin, is in fact a coenzyme that works together with enzymes. It stimulates hunger as well. It is necessary for carbohydrate metabolism, and can help to expel excess water since it is a weak diuretic. Thiamin is everywhere in your body, but the highest amounts are concentrated in the heart, liver, and kidneys. Thiamin is found in whole grains, beans, nuts & seeds, and lean pork. Since most foods are deficient in vitamin B1 due to processing, it is added back into foods such as cereals and breads.
Riboflavin, or vitamin B2, is a sugar attached to a flavanoid. It is a coenzyme which is necessary for digestion of protein and carbohydrates. It also works as a protector of the mucous membranes. Riboflavin is found in animal based foods such as fish, poultry, eggs, meat, and dairy. It is also found in enriched grain foods, dark green vegetables like broccoli and spinach, and in brewer’s yeast. The British and Australian spreads, Marmite & Vegemite, which are made from spent brewer’s yeast, are rich sources.
Niacin is the common name for both nicotinic acid and nicotinamide. Niacin is needed for proper growth and is necessary for the activity of enzymes. There is an enzyme which permits oxygen to enter into body tissues, and this enzyme owes much of its action to niacin. It also stimulates the appetite and the digestion of fats and sugars.
Niacin can be gotten as an intact nutrient or is converted from the amino acid named tryptophan. The whole nutrient comes from meat. Tryptophan is gotten from dairy foods. The only way for the body to extract niacin from certain grains is if they are treated with the mineral lime. This is a method of fortifying grains with niacin.
Vitamin B6, also known as Pyridoxine, is actually a compound consisting of pyridoxine, pyridoxal, and pyridoxamine. It is a component of enzymes which metabolize fats and proteins, and lowers blood levels of homocysteine that is produced when you digest proteins. Too high a level of homocysteine is a marker for heart disease and age related memory loss, so this is an important function of B6. Some other studies refute these findings, but either way we know that B6 is a pretty important vitamin. B6 is in so many common foods, such as liver, pork, lamb, fish, chicken, eggs, milk, whole rice and grains, potatoes, soybeans, nuts & seeds, and dark green vegetables. Refined grain products in the US are fortified with B6.
Folic Acid, also known as folate, is important in DNA synthesis, metabolic assimilation of proteins, and the reorganization of metabolized proteins into new body tissues. This is the process by which living things use consumed protein in order to build new body tissues, or make repairs to existing body tissues. It is also heavily used in pregnancy to create the fetus. Any process which relies on preotein synthesis and building of tissues requires folic acid. Folate is found inDark leafy greens, beans, liver, yeast, and some fruits are rich in folate. Kefir, a middle eastern and eastern European fermented milk beverage, is particularly high in folic acid when it has been fermented for an extra amount of time. This is probably due to the extra beneficial yeasts which are in the fermented drink.
Vitamin B12 is needed for healthy blood cells as well as healthy myelin, the substance that coats and protects nerve cells the way a rubber outer layer protects electrical power and conduction lines. B12 is also known to keep homocystein levels in check. Vitamin B12 is the only vitamin to contain a mineral within. Cobalt is a part of B12. B12’s chemical name is Cyanocobalamin. B12 is not found in plant food sources, and is instead synthesized by intestinal flora, or beneficial gut bacteria. B12 is also found in meat, eggs, and fish. It’s not found in grains but it is added to those products in the United States.
Pantothenic acid is crucial to enzyme activity which process carbohydrates and hormone production. It also stabilizes blood sugar, protects hemoglobin, and fights infection. It is also a protector of nerve, brain, and muscle tissues. It is found in meat, fish, beans, whole grains, and processed but fortified grains.
Biotin is used to move oxygen and carbon atoms between cells. It assists in fats and carbohydrate metabolism and creating amino acids and fatty acids from food. It also prevents fat from stacking up where it prevents proper liver and kidney function. Biotin is found in egg yolk, liver, nuts, beans, and yeast. When you do not get enough in your diet, intestinal flora kicks in to create the rest so there is no shortfall.
Choline is not really a vitamin, but it is a chemical that is frequently mentioned with the B vitamins. Choline keeps your body healthy on a cellular level. It is used in the creation of acetylcholine, which is crucial in brain function where the brain cells transfer information between each other. It also is heart protective and lessens the risk of liver cancer. Choline has also been shown in studies to help with the memory of lab animals as well as increase the size of developing brain cells. Since it is plentiful in things like meat, eggs, and milk, it should be easy to get, unless you are one of those vegetarian people who are generally of the malnourished human subtype.
Water soluble vitamins are so critical to good health, but at the same time they are plentiful in a well balanced diet, so getting enough for good health and development should be easy, as long as you eat the foods that humans eat, and this more times than not includes meat, eggs, and dairy.

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