Meet Team Vitamin!
Vitamins are the building blocks that keep our bodies running; they help build muscle and bone, capture energy, heal wounds and more. Today, TED-Ed wants to bring you your daily value and introduce you to the members of the team!
Vitamin A helps make white blood cells, shape bones, and improves vision.
The B Vitamins are a complex bunch - some of them make up co-enzymes, who help enzymes release energy from food. Others help the body to use that energy.
From Vitamin C, we get the ability to fight infection and make collagen, a kind of tissue that forms bones and teeth, and heals wounds.
Vitamin D gathers calcium and phosphorous so we can make bones.
Vitamin E works as an antioxidant, getting rid of elements in the body that can damage cells.
Finally, Vitamin K helps us make the proteins that clot blood.
Without this Vitamin Variety, humans face deficiencies that cause a range of problems. On the other hand, too much of any vitamin can cause toxicity in the body. In reality, it’s all about getting the balance right, and hitting that vitamin jackpot! Thanks, Team Vitamin!
From the TED-Ed Lesson How do vitamins work? - Ginnie Trinh Nguyen
Animation by The Moving Company Animation Studio