Water Soluble Vitamins - Fat Soluble Vitamin
The majority of people do not even realise that vitamin supplements are different. Aside from the obvious letter
difference, vitamin supplements can be classified as either Fat Soluble Vitamins or Water soluble Vitamins.
Depending upon how the body processes the vitamin determines whether the vitamin is fat soluble or water
At a basic level, it does not really matter if a vitamin is fat soluble or water soluble. What is most important
is ensuring your body gets the recommended daily allowance of each. Regardless of whether you are getting your
vitamins via your diet or by vitamin supplements, avoiding a vitamin deficiency is what will keep the body in good
When looked at from a chemical aspect, the differences between fat soluble vitamins and water soluble vitamins
are fairly complicated. The majority of people do not take the time or care to understand all that is involved
behind the scenes.
What is important is that the body is able to store fat soluble vitamins but not water soluble vitamins. The fat
soluble vitamins, including vitamins A, D, E and K, are absorbed through the large intestines. In order that this
absorption process works properly, there must also be some dietary fat present. The body will find it difficult to
complete the absorption process if fat is not eaten along with the fat soluble vitamins. Once fat soluble vitamins
have been absorbed, they are stored in the liver where they wait until called upon to do their jobs.
Fat Soluble Vitamins
Let's take a closer look at the fat soluble vitamins.
assists the body to metabolize food into energy. It
is responsible for protecting the blood's clotting ability by supplying the seven blood clotting
proteins involved in the process. It is also necessary for normal bone growth.
is an important antioxidant and as well as
protecting Vitamins A and C, it also plays a crucial role in protecting fatty acids and red blood cells
from being destroyed.
Without Vitamin D
, the body could not efficiently absorb
calcium. Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphorous in the blood. Storing Vitamin D
helps ensure that even if a person does not drink enough milk, bones will not suffer.
is the vision vitamin. It helps eyes focus in dim
light and helps differentiate colors. It also plays a vital role in tissue growth and differentiation.
It boosts the immune system's ability to fight infection. A special protein called a transport protein
helps the Vitamin A that is stored in the liver travel to the tissues where it is needed.
Water Soluble Vitamins
One of the biggest differences between fat soluble vitamins and water soluble vitamins is that the latter are
not stored in the body. Because the body is not able to store these vitamins, they must be constantly
As water soluble vitamins enter the body, they are put to work immediately and any excess is eliminated from the
body via the urine. The vitamins that make up the water soluble category include the B vitamins, Vitamin C and Biotin or Vitamin H.
The B vitamins are responsible for several crucial bodily functions. During the process of converting
glucose from carbohydrates, the B vitamins provide energy to the body. Without B vitamins, the body
would not be able to properly metabolize proteins and fats.
One of Biotin's primary responsibilities is to ensure proper growth.
Vitamin C is important for its antioxidant effects and also benefits the body in many other ways as
If you cannot get the vitamins you need from eating and drinking a balanced diet, consider taking vitamin
supplements because your health and well being depends on it.