Water-Soluble and Fat-Soluble Vitamins
Fat and Water-Soluble Vitamins
The vitamin classification is defined as water-soluble vitamins and fat-soluble vitamins. Vitamins are an important part of our diet, as they help with bodily functions and provide defense mechanisms for our immune system. You only need very small quantities but if you don't get enough your body cannot function optimally. Severe deficiencies cause debilitating diseases but even marginal intakes can cause subtle changes that affect your health today and your risk of chronic disease tomorrow (Grosvenor & Smolin, 2006). There are 13 vitamins that are essential to our body, these vitamins are needed to cure our bodies of diseases. Fat-soluble vitamins are the vitamins that are dispersed, transported and excreted in fat. These vitamins are Vitamins A, E, K, and D. High nutrient sources of the fat-soluble vitamin A is liver, milk, green or orange colored vegetables such as carrots and pumpkins. Vitamin D can be found in oily fish (salmon and sardines) as well as dairy products. Other nutrient sources of both Vitamin K and E are nuts (almonds and hazelnuts), vegetable oils such as soybean, cottonseed and safflower. Also, spinach, cauliflower, grains and of course fruits and vegetables. Fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A or Retinol helps the body in multiple ways such as helping your eyes adjust to light, bone growth, tooth development and regulation of the immune system. Vitamin D helps use the body calcium and phosphorous. It reportedly lowers elevated blood pressure and cholesterol, and helps with peripheral vascular disease (Saleeby, 2011). Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant, and protecting vitamins A and C, red blood cells, and essential fatty acids from destruction. Several studies have found that the risk of age-related dementia can be reduced by Fat and Water-Soluble Vitamins
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