Complex organic compounds that are needed in small amounts by the body for normal growth and metabolism. An important part of a balanced diet, vitamins occur naturally in foods and may be added to processed foods to increase their nutritional value. Many vitamins have been identified, and each plays a specific role in the functioning of the body. For example, vitamin C is needed for the proper healing of wounds and broken bones; vitamin A helps the body resist infection. Some vitamins are so important that without them certain diseases or conditions could develop. For example, a deficiency of vitamin D may cause rickets, and a deficiency of vitamin B12 could result in a form of anemia.
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How to use vitamins in a sentence
It drains your body of nutrients and vitamins, attacking the central nervous system and leaving you in a dehydrated, hazy state.
Canned drinks like Mercy contain up 5,000 percent of the daily value of certain vitamins.
The supercharge doses of vitamins have questionable benefits.
The articles are written by doctors who believe in the basic doctor approach to everything: more health care, fewer vitamins.
“She drank a lot of water, took vitamins every day, [did] as much exercise as she could,” the daughter says.
There was a chance they might contain the vitamins and minerals needed.Space Prison | Tom Godwin
This statement, it will be noted, emphasizes the foundation on which rests our present use of vitamins.
As our British contemporary says, ordinary fresh foods are the simplest, cheapest and richest sources of vitamins.
A brainy young hombre like you needs plenty o' rest an' vitamins to keep from burnin' himself out.Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X | Victor Appleton
These products are essential in supplying such necessary elements as minerals, vitamins, acids, and cellulose.A Living from the Land | William B. Duryee