Vitamins are organic compounds that are essential for the normal functioning, growth, and maintenance of the human body. While the body can synthesize some vitamins, most must be obtained from the diet since the body either cannot produce them or produces insufficient amounts.
Vitamins are classified into two main categories:
The following table provides alternate names of some common vitamins.
|Form/Scientific Name||Common Name|
|Pantothenic Acid||Vitamin B5|
|Niacin or Nicotinic Acid||Vitamin B3|
|Folic Acid||Vitamin B9|
|Ascorbic Acid||Vitamin C|
|NOTE: Tocopherol is a form of Vitamin E, retinol is a form of Vitamin A.|