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Vitamins | Functions and Sources

What food source is the nutrient found in?

Vitamins are organic compounds. Small amounts of vitamins are found in all the organic components of diets. This includes everything eaten from plant or animal sources.

How does the nutrient affect the body?

Vitamins are important to many vital functions in the body. One of their main roles is to act as enzymes or enzyme helpers. Enzymes act like keys that turn on reactions in the body. Every reaction has a distinct enzyme to start the process.

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Vitamins: Overview & Description


Author: Clare Armstrong, MS, RD
Reviewer: Melissa Sanders, PharmD
Date Reviewed: 04/26/01

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