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Vitamins

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Vitamins are organic compounds essential for the cell function and growth of living organisms. Most vitamins cannot be synthesized by the body and for this reason it is important to obtain them from food and/or supplements. The role of vitamins is continuously being investigated in nutrition/food science research, metabolism research, microbiome research, agricultural science and disease research to better understand how vitamins affect cell growth, cell regeneration, diseases, and overall health. Moreover, vitamins are widely used as supplements in cell culture media as they are key substrates for the growth and development of cells.  

The 13 essential fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins are: Vitamins A, C, D, E, K, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (Pantothenic acid), B7 (Biotin), B6, B12 and Folate (Folic acid and B9). Our compounds can be used as media supplements for the cultivation of aerobic and anaerobic microorganisms to improve the viability of propagating cells and for selective isolation and cultivation of microorganisms. 

We offer a broad portfolio of vitamin research products, mixtures and kits. Our products are available with high purity to ensure consistency, reliability and quality in your life science research. Moreover, we offer a range of sizes and weights in state-of-the-art packaging designed to minimize compound degradation and ensure optimal shelf-life.

Vitamins for Cell Culture

Cell culture media are often supplemented with FBS, or fetal bovine serum, a critical source of vitamins for growing cells. Several media formulations are also enriched with specific vitamins that make them more widely suited for an enhanced range of cell lines. B group vitamins are among those necessary for cell proliferation. Some media are also formulated with higher levels of vitamins A and E. Other vitamins frequently found in media formulations include biotin, riboflavin, and thiamine. ​


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