How Many Vitamins Does the Human Body Need?

Vitamins are essential for the human body to function properly. There are 13 vitamins that our body needs, 8 of which make up the B vitamins (or complex B). These vitamins are A, C, D, E, K and B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, B6, B12 and folate). They are found naturally in food and are needed in very small amounts for various bodily functions, such as energy production and red blood cell production. B vitamins don't provide the body with fuel for energy directly.

However, they are necessary for the body to use energy-producing nutrients (such as carbohydrates, fats, and proteins) as fuel. Other B vitamins are needed to help cells multiply by creating new DNA. Without B vitamins, the body lacks energy. It is important to get enough of these essential vitamins in order to maintain good health. Eating a balanced diet with a variety of foods is the best way to ensure that you get all the vitamins your body needs.

Supplements can also be taken if necessary.

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