What are Vitamins?
Vitamins are organic compounds required as a nutrient by a living organism; vitamins remain essential nutrients for the healthy maintenance of the cells, tissues, and organs that make up the body; they also enable the body to efficiently use chemical energy provided by food, and to help process the proteins, carbohydrates, and fats required for respiration.
Because vitamins cannot be produced in vast quantities by the body they need to be obtained in the diet. Bovine colostrum contains a number of B-Complex vitamins which are in a unique balance with all other components.
List of vitamins naturally present in bovine colostrum:
- Thiamin (Vitamin B1)
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
- Nicotinamide (Vitamin B3)
- Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5)
- Pyrodoxin (Vitamin B6)
- Folic acid (Vitamin B9)
- Cobalamin (Vitamin B12)
What is their function?
Thiamin (Vitamin B1)
Thiamine plays an important role in helping the body metabolize carbohydrates and fat for energy production. It is essential for normal growth and development and helps to maintain proper functioning of the heart and the nervous and digestive systems.
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
Vitamin B2 is required by the body to use oxygen and the metabolism of amino acids, fatty acids, and carbohydrates. Riboflavin is further needed to activate vitamin B6, helps to create niacin and assists the adrenal gland. It is also used for red blood cell formation, antibody production, cell respiration, and growth. It also plays an important role in maintaining the health of the mucus membranes in the digestive tract and with the absorption of iron and vitamin B6.
Nicotinamide (Vitamin B3)
Vitamin B3 is required for cell respiration, it helps in the release of energy and metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, proper circulation and healthy skin, functioning of the nervous system, and normal secretion of bile and stomach fluids.
Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5)
Vitamin B5 is important for the release of hormones. These hormones assist the body's metabolism, help to fight allergies and are of benefit for maintenance of healthy skin, muscles and nerves.
Pyrodoxin (Vitamin B6)
Vitamin B6 assists the immune system and supports the growth of new cells. It is also involved in the processing and metabolism od proteins, fats and carbohydrates. It also helps with mood control as well as behavour.
Folic acid (Vitamin B9)
Vitamin B9 is required for DNA synthesis and cell growth and is important for red blood cell formation. This is especially important during periods of rapid cell division and growth such as infancy and pregnancy. Both adults and children need folate to make normal red blood cells and prevent anemia.
Cobalamin (Vitamin B12)
Vitamin B12 is needed for the production and maintenance of red blood cells. It promotes growth and energy release.