Fat- and Water- Soluble Vitamins
Anna Gamblin, UOP
Both fat soluble and water soluble vitamins are nutrients that a person needs in their diet to keep up to optimal health. Vitamins and minerals are an essential necessity that our bodies need to function properly every day. Different vitamins do different things for us, but all are very important. You can get these different vitamins either through a balanced, nutritious diet, dietary supplements or a combination of the two. The two kinds of vitamins that are needed by your body are fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) and water soluble vitamins (B-complex and C). Water soluble vitamins are highly soluble and need to be replaced on a daily basis. However, fat soluble vitamins are not as soluble and do not need to be replenished daily. (1)
All of these different vitamins play a different role in the functions of our bodies. You can find fat soluble vitamins in such foods as vegetables, fruits, dairy products, fish and liver. * Vitamin A- Is a fat soluble vitamin. This vitamin plays numerous roles in our bodies including helping our eyes to adjust to changes in light. It also plays a very important role in bone development, tooth development, cell division, gene expression and reproduction. Have you ever wondered what it is in your body that gives your eyes, skin and the mucous membranes of your nose, throat mouth and lungs all of the moisture that it needs to function properly? Vitamin A is the vitamin that plays a very big role in all of that. * Vitamin D- Is a fat soluble vitamin. When I think of vitamin D, I am always reminded of vitamin D milk, which is all we drank in my house when I was younger. Coincidentally, that makes it easy to remember that vitamin D is required for the body’s use of calcium and phosphorus. When somebody says calcium to me, I automatically think of milk. Not only does vitamin D help to form your teeth, bones and increases the amount of calcium that is absorbed...
References: (1) http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/vitamins-minerals/fat-and-water-soluble-vitamins-explained.html
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