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The relevance of vitamins in human nutrition

Diseases such as scurvy, which are caused by a vitamin deficiency, were one of the main causes of death sailors faced when they went to sea for longer periods. Extensive research into the causes of this disease led to the discovery and medical exploration of vitamins.

The importance of vitamins shows in the multitude of tasks they fulfil in the organism. They play an important part in lipid, protein and carbohydrate metabolism, but also in the protecton of the organism (boost the immune system; oxidation protection) and in the production of body tissue.

Food is increasingly being enriched with these essential vitamins so as to ensure a balanced supply of vitamins in the population.

Water-soluble vitamins

  • Vitamin B1 (thiamin)
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin)
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
  • Vitamin B7 (biotin)
  • Vitamin B9 (folic acid)
  • Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin)
  • Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
  • Inositol

Fat-soluble vitamins

  • Vitamin A (β-carotene/retinol)
  • Vitamin D2/D3 (ergocalciferol/cholecalciferol)
  • Vitamin E (α-*, β-, δ-, ε-tocopherol)
    * enantiomer separation possible for α-D- and α-L-tocopherol
  • Vitamin K1/K2 (phylloquinone/menaquinone)