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Notes on the functions, sources and deficiency of Water

Water is the second essential need of the human body to that of oxygen. One can live without food for days, but cannot live without water for a few hours. Nearly 70 percent of the total body weight is composed of water.

Notes on the functions, sources and deficiency of VITAMIN-C (Ascorbic acid)

Vitamin-C or ascorbic acid is a white crystalline, odorless compound readily soluble in water and is most easily susceptible to destruction by atmospheric oxidation. It is a strong reducing agent and is comparatively stable in an acid medium, but is destroyed by the action of heat and catalysts such as copper.

Short notes on the functions, sources and deficiency of Riboflavin

Riboflavin, formerly known as Vitamin-Bs is a water-soluble yellow pigment, possessing a green florescence. This Vitamin is destroyed on exposure to sunlight. So, food containing riboflavin like milk and milk products should not be exposed to light. Also, this Vitamin cannot be stored in the body and should be supplied daily in the diet.

Short notes on the functions, sources and deficiency of Thiamine (Vitamin-B,)

Vitamin-B or ‘thiamine’ is also known as the ‘antiberiberi’ or ‘anti-neurotic’ vitamin. Physiologically, thiamine is concerned with proper utilisation of carbohydrates in the body and in the absence of adequate amount of thiamine; full utilisation of sugars and starches for energy need is greatly affected.

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