Vitamins (Latin vita=life) are an organic compounds essential for the human body and vital for its proper functioning. They are obtained from animals and plants. Some vitamins are produced in our bodies in small amounts, but there are vitamins our body cannot produce and needs to obtain from the food we consume. Vitamins play several important roles in our body, such as assisting in the metabolic and systematic activity; growth; producing energy from the food we eat; nutrients synthesis;assisting in building blood cells and hormones, normal functioning of the nerve and digestive systems; preventing diseases and lowering the risk of illnesses. Many vitamins, such as Vitamin C and E, are antioxidants. Unlike basic nutrients – proteins, carbohydrates and fats – which are consumed in high amounts, vitamins and minerals are found in small quantities, but are extremely important.
The importance of vitamins becomes more essential when we are facing a disease where a low availabilityor deficiency can play a major role. Psoriasis, for all its causes, appears sometimes following lack of essential vitamins that play an important role in normal immune system functioning, skin cell renewal processes, skin appearance and cell metabolism. Therefore, vitamins must be provided in accurate and optimal dosage, to allow full recovery and healing.