In this lesson, you will learn about vitamins and the different types your body needs. With the exception of vitamin D, supplements are helpful only for certain people (for example, during pregnancy or for people with deficiencies or certain illnesses), and they may actually be harmful for other people. Smoking interferes with the absorption of several vitamins, especially vitamins C and D. Smoking can also interfere with the metabolism of vitamin D, resulting in poor muscle function. Anyone who takes a zinc supplement should take it as part of a well balanced diet, to ensure that other vitamins and minerals work together with the zinc.
It is needed to support all of the epithelial (skin) cells both internally and externally and is a powerful aid in fighting skin cancer Vitamin is needed to form glycoproteins, a combination of sugar and protein, which help the cells bind together forming soft tissues.
Where to get it: While wheat germ oil packs more vitamin E than any other food source ( 20.3 mg per serving , or 100% DV), most people will find it easier to get their vitamin E from sunflower seeds (7.4 mg per ounce, 37% DV) or almonds (6.8 mg per ounce, 34% DV).
Pauling believed that vitamins and supplements had one property that made them cure-alls, a property that continues to be hawked on everything from ketchup to pomegranate juice and that rivals words like natural and organic for sales impact: antioxidant.
The amounts of vitamins needed for health are very small and are almost always present in adequate amounts in normal, well-balanced diets. This vitamin also plays an important role in the proteins that are part of many chemical reactions in the body. Vitamin E improves glucose tolerance & helps the body maintain normal blood-sugar levels.