There is currently little knowledge about this vitamin B14. It was first isolated from wine. This vitamin is actually found to be a metabolite of xanthopterin. However, it was said by a biochemist Earl R. Norris xanthopterin was the Vitamin B14. It is thought to be similar to vitamin 10 and vitamin 11.
Plant Sources: These include legumes, wine organ, grains and yeast etc.
Animal Sources: These include meat, liver, kidney, heart, and eggs etc
Although it has not been perfectly established as a vitamin but it is found to play important role in the body. Some of its functions are:
- It is very helpful in formation of cells of the body
- It provide resistance to combat anemias
- Vitamin B14 provide enhancement of anti tumor growth of protein such as pterin phosphate.
This is important vitamin for the body and its deficiency may lead to destruction of red blood cells, anemia usually pernicious anemia as well as increase growth of cancerous cells in the body.
It is not been seen in case of its excessive use.