Vitamins are classified by their biological and chemical activity, not their structure. Thus, each vitamin refers to several vitamer compounds that all show the biological activity associated with a particular vitamin family. Our Thermo Scientific portfolio of vitamins is suitable for a range of biochemical research and development applications.
Vitamins are organic compounds that are essential for normal metabolism in organisms. Organisms do not synthesize enough vitamins and must obtain them through their diet. Vitamins have diverse biochemical functions. Some vitamins, like vitamin D, have hormone-like functions as regulators of mineral metabolism while others, like vitamin E, function as antioxidants. Others still, like members of the B family of vitamins function as precursors for enzyme cofactors that help enzymes work as catalysts in metabolism.