Our previous blog focused on water-soluble vitamins. Fat-soluble vitamins differ from water-soluble vitamins because the body can store them until needed. They are important in a good, healthy diet, but the fact they can be stored means eating them daily is not as important.
Fat-soluble vitamins are absorbed into the body and are stored in fat tissues and the liver. Fat globules absorb them as the vitamins travel into and through the small intestine. Only small amounts of these vitamins are necessary for good health, there have been issues recently of Vitamin D deficiency – a cause for concern because the lack increases the risk of certain diseases. Here are the major fat-soluble vitamins.
- Vitamin A – Beta Carotene – Enhances vision, immunity and aids in proper bone growth.
- Vitamin D – We can get Vitamin D from sunshine, and it is necessary for bone strength and calcium absorption.
- Vitamin E – Antioxidant that fights free radicals that can damage cells.
- Vitamin K – Helps with blood clotting.
There you have it. This is the last of our blog series on the basic elements of proper nutrition. We will be posting more, regular content on additional elements of healthy living, proper nutrition and the like. Be sure to check back regularly to see what new information we have posted.