Vitamins are essential to life. They contribute to good health by regulating the metabolism and assisting the biochemical processes that release energy from digested food. They are considered micronutrients because the body needs them in relatively small amounts compared with nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats and water.

Enzymes are essential chemicals that are the foundation of human bodily functions. They are catalysts in the chemical reactions that are continually taking place within the body. As coenzymes, vitamins work with enzymes, thereby allowing all the activities that occur within the body to be carried out as as they should. Whole, fresh raw foods are a good source of enzymes.

Of the major vitamins, some are water soluble and some are fat soluble. Water soluble vitamins must be taken into the body daily as they cannot be stored and are excreted daily. These include vitamin C and the B complex vitamins. Fat soluble vitamins can be stored for longer periods of time in the body's fatty tissue and the liver. These include vitamins A, D, E and.K. Both types of vitamins are needed by the body for proper functioning.

The often quoted recommended daily intakes (RDI's) can be quite misleading. They only give us the bare minimum required to ward off vitamin deficiency states. They do not account for the actual amounts needed for optimum health.