The Importance of Vitamin Intake for Nutrition, Fitness and Human Health
By Friedrich Reuss, Egloffstein
Vitamins are organic substances that have a catalytic function in the biochemical reactions of the body’s metabolism. They must be taken in from the outside and are not the body’s own building blocks (otherwise, amino acids would also be considered vitamins).
The classic idea is that a deficiency of a vitamin quickly leads to a reduction in the biochemical reactions concerned and eventually to the breakdown of the body.
Dietary Trends Over the Last 100 Years
The modern diet has become considerably poorer in vitamins, especially in the last 100 years: Increased agricultural yields have resulted in lower vitamin densities and industrial processing and storage have robbed food of much of its vitamins. A typical example is cereals: the germ, which is rich in vitamins, is removed during milling, at times even the remnants of vitamin B2 have been bleached away, the flour has been depleted of vitamins through long storage times under the pretext of improved baking quality, and the last traces of vitamins have finally been further reduced through cooking and baking. The last 100 years of the food industry were a time of progressive food destruction and a consistent path to the programmed early death of the unsuspecting consumer. Only the idea of reformed nutrition and today organic nutrition have led to a slow rethinking. But anyone who has eaten low-quality, vitamin-depleted food for 50 years, for example, has probably forfeited many possible years of a healthy life. This can hardly be reversed even with expensive and high-dose food supplements.