Vitamin Biochemistry Note Download Free for Pharmacy students.
INTRODUCTION TO VITAMINS
Vitamins are organic compounds required by the body in small amounts for metabolism, for protection, for
maintenance of health and proper growth
They cannot be synthesized by the body. Must be obtained by outside sources like diet, rumen of bacteria & sun.
Vitamins also assist in the formation of hormones, blood vessels, nervous system chemicals and genetic materials
They generally act as catalysts, combining with proteins to create metabolically active enzymes that are essential for life reactions
Without enzymes, many of the reactions essential to life would slow down or cease