Water Soluble Vitamins Vs Fat Soluble Vitamins

 

These two groups have large differences in the way they are assimilated into the body.  It is important to know these differences to maximize the benefits of vitamins and avoid any harm from misuse

 

Water soluble vitamins leave the body very easily.  They dissolve in water and can be excreted be the kidneys.  Because of this you do not have to worry about toxic levels.  Over use of a supplement containing water soluble vitamins will not benefit you; it will only cause your urine to be full of vitamin C and the B complex.

 

Fat soluble vitamins leave to body much slower than water soluble vitamins.  Fat soluble vitamins are stored in the liver and other fatty tissues when they are not being used.  Because of this these vitamins do not need to be replenished as often as water soluble vitamins do. Remember that vitamins are a micronutrient and the body does not need large amounts.  Be careful with fat soluble vitamins because high doses can be toxic.  You do not need to worry much about your diet, but over use vitamin supplements can cause health problems.  Be aware of which vitamins your supplement contains and do not use more than directed.

 

 

Water Soluble

Fat Soluble

B Vitamin Complex group

Vitamin A

Vitamin C (abscorbic acid)

Vitamin D

 

Vitamin E

 

Vitamin K

 

 

Works Cited

 

Anderson, J and Young, L. Fat-Soluble Vitamins. Colorado State University Cooperative                 Extension. 2007. 5 June 2007.     <http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09315.html>

 

Anderson, J and Young, L. Water-Soluble Vitamins. Colorado State University     Cooperative Extension. 2007. 5 June 2007.                 <http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09315.html>

 

Nutrition.gov. 5 June 2007           <http://www.nutrition.gov/index.php?mode=faq2&this_faq_entry=102>