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Vitamins and trace elements 

Vitamins and trace elements
Chapter:
Vitamins and trace elements
Author(s):

J. Powell-Tuck

and M. Eastwood

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.01102_update_001

Update:

Chapter reviewed and heavily updated throughout.

Updated on 29 May 2014. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 19 October 2017

Vitamins are diverse, unrelated organic compounds that some higher animals, humans included, cannot synthesize and which play key roles in metabolism, underpinning the most crucial of biological reactions. They are required in small amounts and have diverse functions, e.g. as:

activated carriers of biochemical groups—coenzymes (B vitamin derivatives)...

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