Thiamine is one of the B vitamins; it is also known as vitamin B1. Like the other B vitamins, it is water-soluble, and partakes in many chemical reactions taking place in the body. Without the B vitamins, many metabolic processes and other processes would not take place and it would result in serious consequences. It […]

Pantothenic acid

Pantothenic acid is a B vitamin also known as Vitamin B5. It is a water soluble vitamin that is a necessary requirement of the human body. Pantothenic acid is needed by the body in order to from coenzyme A and is also crucial in metabolizing proteins, carbohydrates and fats inside the body. Coenzyme A is […]

Vitamin B17

Vitamin B17 is not an actual vitamin but a glycoside. The formal name of this substance is Amygdain. Most people know of this substance by another name, Laetrile. This substance can be extracted from the seeds of the bitter almond tree. Amygdain can also be extracted from the kernels or cakes of the bitter almond […]


Vitamin B5 plays many important roles within the body. Vitamin B5 helps make red blood cells and hormones that are needed for the body to properly function. It is also responsible for converting carbohydrates and fats into energy for the body. An increase in antibodies is also a result of having enough Vitamin B5 and […]

Folic acid

Folic acid is a type of vitamin B9 which offers a myriad of benefits to the body. It is the man-made or the synthetic version of folate, which can be found in a lot of fortified foods and supplements. The term folic is derived from folium, which is the Latin word for leaf and is […]

Vitamin A

Have you ever wondered how vitamins got their names? Why is vitamin A “A”? Does that mean it is the primary vitamin your body needs? Why is Vitamin B second? And what on earth is vitamin B12 then, if there is already a vitamin B? Is it simply an offshoot of vitamin B, or its […]

Beta carotene

Beta carotene is one of the family of highly pigmented fat soluble compounds that are present in many of the vegetables and fruits, grains and certain oils. This substance can be converted by the body into Vitamin A. Beta carotene can be found in yellow, red and deep green foods such as carrots, squash, apricots, […]


You have probably heard of the B complex vitamins, but I’m betting that you don’t know about each individual vitamin. Of all the B vitamins, one of the least talked about is Biotin, also known as B7, which was only discovered 6 decades ago. There are also hardly any cases of biotin deficiency, largely due […]

Vitamin C

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin which the body needs to form collagen in bones, cartilage, muscle, and blood vessels. Vitamin C also aids with the oral absorption of iron, which the body needs to carry oxygen throughout our bodies. Most people have been advised by somebody to take vitamin […]

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is an essential water-soluble vitamin commonly found in foods such as fish, meat, and dairy products. Vitamin B12 helps maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells; it is needed to make DNA. This vitamin also maintains the central nervous system and regulates the metabolism. Vitamin B12 is bound to the protein in […]

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble nutrient that is used to help our bodies with several different functions. The main benefit of Vitamin K in our bodies is to help our blood clot. When we lack Vitamin K, our bodies are unable to solidify our blood after a cut or any damage done to a blood […]

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is not just one vitamin. It is actually a name used to describe a group of fat-soluble compounds. These compounds are chemical forms known as alpha-, beta-, gamma-, delta-tocopherol, and alpha-, beta-, gamma- and delta-tocotrienol. Vitamin E is naturally found in some of the foods we eat, however, sometimes it is added to […]

B vitamins

B vitamins play an important role in our overall development and functioning. Without B Vitamins our minds and body would not be able to function properly. There are several different B Vitamins, each playing their own special role in our bodies. Most often these vitamins are found together in a B-Complex which joins all B […]


Niacin is the name of the Vitamin known as B3 (nicotinic acid). Niacin is a water-soluble nutrient found naturally in plants and animals. It is needed by the body in order to prevent the disease pellagra. Pellagra is caused when the body lacks enough niacin. The body also uses niacin to lower cholesterol and prevent […]

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)

You are what you eat- and no one can deny that. A true aphorism which applies to all people from different walks of life. Whatever it is we eat directs the path of life which we are going to take and the health status that we are going to have in a few years time. […]

Riboflavin (vitamin B2)

Riboflavin is one of the Vitamin B-complex water soluble vitamins. It is also referred to as vitamin B2 and was coined vitamin G before. Unlike other vitamins, vitamin B2 or riboflavin can be manufactured in the body’s intestinal flora. However, since the body can only store a few amount of this vitamin, it is necessary […]

Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)

Who doesn’t want to be healthy? A person would rest, would exercise and would ensure that the right and proper diet is eaten. Everyone knows about the necessity of taking the much needed vitamins. We would often hear parent tell kids to take their vitamins in order to grow strong, tall and healthy. Pantothenic acid […]