Introduction:Essential vitamins -- everyone has heard the phrase. But what are fat soluble vitamins? Fat soluble vitamins are those which are stored in your body fat. Unlike water soluble vitamins -- which are excreted in your urine once your body has absorbed the necessary amount -- fat soluble vitamins are not. As a result, it is important not to overdo the amount of fat soluble vitamins in your diet. The result could be toxic.
Vitamin A is perhaps the most important vitamin for your vision and the health of your retina. Vitamin A is found in many animal sources -- liver, chicken, and a variety of dairy products such as milk, cheese and butter. Other sources include carrots and sweet potatoes. If you love tropical fruits, you are in luck; papayas and mangoes are both great sources of vitamin A.
Vitamin D is necessary in supporting the health of your bones and teeth. Vitamin D also helps the body absorb calcium. Vitamin D is found in fortified milk, fatty fish -- think salmon -- mushrooms and eggs. It is nicknamed the "sunshine vitamin" because your skin absorbs the UVB rays of the sun and converts them into vitamin D. The downside to the use of sunblock is that many are not getting enough vitamin D. Recent findings indicate that survivors of certain breast cancers who receive adequate amounts of vitamin D are less likely to experience cancer recurrence.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant: an antioxidant is a chemical that prevents healthy cells from undergoing inappropriate changes that could lead to cancer and other serious health risks. Vitamin E is best known for its role in boosting your immune system. It also helps in the formation of healthy muscles and blood cells, lung and nerve tissue. Natural sources of vitamin E include vegetable oils, wheat germ, nuts and whole grains.
Dark-green leafy vegetables are the best source of vitamin K. Popeye had the right idea when it came to spinach! Other sources include liver and egg yolks. Vitamin K is essential in blood clotting and in the maintenance of healthy bones. Warning: patients taking the blood-thinning drug coumadin should NOT take vitamin K supplements. For more on vitamin K, please see the resource section at the end of this article.
Beta carotene is an antioxidant. Its primary purpose is to help the body to make vitamin A. (see above.) Beta carotene is found in those colorful fruits and vegetables that are yellow and orange -- sweet potatoes, cantaloupes and mangoes. Spinach and broccoli also are a good source of beta carotene.
Always consult your physician before taking supplements of fat soluble vitamins. For information on water soluble vitamins, please see the resource section below.
Excellent List! H5
Thanks for your list. I think that it is so important to take supplements. Most people don't get enough of their daily vitamins.
Good distinctions of different vitamins.
I found your article on the Discovery Health Journal website and this is very informative! I knew a lot about water soluble vitamins--but not much about the fat soluble ones. Thanks.
Great list for vitamins 5*
Great list of soluble Vitamins.Tweeted.
select one here...