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Vopr Pitan. 2010;79(5):4-14.

[Scientific rationale for the use of vitamins in the prophylactic and therapeutic purposes. Report 1. Lack of vitamins in the diet of modern human: reasons, consequences and correction].

[Article in Russian]

Abstract

Specific function of most vitamins is that they are in the form the body co-enzyme or prosthetic groups are included in the active sites of proteins, enzymes, and thus participate in the mechanisms of enzymatic catalysis of diverse metabolic reactions that underlie life processes and functions of organism. Inadequate intake of micronutrients is a common problem for all economically developed countries. It is the reverse of scientific, technological and social progress, which led to a significant reduction of energy consumption and, consequently, to a corresponding decrease in the total amount of food consumed by modern human. In these circumstances, the most effective and physiologically sound manner to radically improve the security of the population lacking vitamins is to regularly include into a diet products, enriched by these valuable biologically active substances or multivitamins (vitamin and mineral) complexes containing the appropriate vitamins and mineral elements in amounts recommended by the physiological standards of consumption.

PMID:
21341471
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