Vitamins are very important nutrients for the body. Along with minerals, they constitute the backbone of a healthy body, devoid of deficiency diseases like night blindness, rickets, scurvy, beri beri, phrynoderma, and so on. Therefore it becomes imperative that the body receives a regular requirement of vitamins.
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Vitamins are broadly classified as: - Fat soluble (Vitamin A, D, E, and K) and Water soluble (Vitamins C and B complex).
The deficiency of these vitamins causes various diseases including anemia (due to deficiency of folic acid and vitamin B12), nerve and brain damage (due to deficiency of thiamin and vitamin B12), easy and excessive bleeding (due to deficiency of vitamin K), impaired night vision and blindness (due to deficiency of vitamin A), bone diseases (due to deficiency of vitamin D or calcium), and scurvy (due to deficiency of vitamin C). These vitamin deficiency diseases are rare in the western societies, and occur mainly in the Third World where people have very poor diets.