What are vitamins?


Vitamins – what are they and are they really that necessary? This is an important question that is hard to define.

Vitamins are compounds often found in nature or made within an organism. Some are essential which refers to their importance within the body.

Vitamins fall into two categories: 1.) Fat Soluble and Water Soluble.
Fat-soluble vitamins: 
A, D, E, and K these vitamins can dissolve in fat and can be stored in your body.
Water-soluble vitamins:
These types of vitamins need to dissolve in water before your body can absorb them.
C and the B-complex vitamins (such as vitamins B6, B12, niacin, riboflavin, and folate)
Each vitamin is chemically different from another. However, many have similar functions within the human body.
Functions of Vitamins
Such functions include: metabolism, health maintenance, cell protection, cell communication, vitality, growth, and much more.
The body has difficulty storing vitamins and therefore daily consumption or production of vitamins is essential.
The body will eliminate excess vitamins daily.


Deficiencies of vitamins can be devastating.

Scurvy and Pernicious Anemia are just a few examples.


Most vitamins are gained through our diet. 

Vegetables, fruits, meat and fish are often great sources for vitamins.

Supplements can help replenish our source of vitamins but often shouldn’t be more important than our dietary source.

A good oral vitamin can not, however, be overstated for those such as children, elderly, sick, or otherwise in need.

Often our diet includes foods that does not benefit us with vitamins or minerals.

When eaten in moderation, usually there is no health concerns.

Vitamins are essential and more often than not we are not getting enough in our daily diet. 


Are you getting enough??

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  1. Tevita says:

    What do you think of those Flintstones vitamins, those supposed vitamin enriched gummy bears and Vitamin Water? Rip off or beneficial?

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  2. Luliecan says:

    Are vitamins that necessary?? What about fish oils and Omega fatty acids? I am not convinced

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