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Thursday, November 8, 2007


Vitamins play an important role in keeping the body healthy. Eating a variety of healthy foods each day will provide enough vitamins for most people.

A number of vitamins are needed by the body to stay healthy. Vitamins are needed for many of the essential chemical reactions in the body to occur, including those involved in energy metabolism. Removing certain foods or food groups from the diet, may mean missing out on important vitamins. Eating a variety of healthy foods each day will provide enough vitamins for most people. It is best to get vitamins needed by the body from food rather than supplements.

Taking large doses of certain vitamins can actually affect the body's ability to stay healthy and function well. Vitamins can be described as fat-soluble or water-soluble. Fat-soluble vitamins include:

* vitamin A
* vitamin D
* vitamin E
* vitamin K

Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the body and so it is possible for high intakes to result in signs of toxicity. It is extremely difficult to overdose on vitamins by eating a healthy diet, however it is possible if vitamin supplements are used. If you are taking supplements speak with an Accredited Practising Dietitian or your pharmacist.

Water-soluble vitamins include:
* vitamin B1 (thiamine)
* vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
* vitamin B3 (niacin)
* vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
* vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
* vitamin B12 (cobalamin)
* folate or folic acid
* biotin
* vitamin C

Water-soluble vitamins are not stored in the body so toxicity symptoms are less likely than with fat-soluble vitamins. It is important to continually restore the body's supply of water-soluble vitamins by eating a range of healthy foods. It is however, still unnecessary for most people to take vitamin supplements. One exception is folate supplements that are recommended for those considering pregnancy to help reduce the risk of neural tube defects.

“The world as a whole is becoming much more aware of the need for wellness, rather than just the need to manage illness,” says Mannatech’s vice president of international finance. “And with science increasingly validating the essential role of the glyconutrients in our patented and patent-pending products, Mannatech is uniquely positioned to provide the missing ingredient in the wellness puzzle.”

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