Water Soluble Vitamins: These are water-soluble vitamins that are not stored in the body and must be replaced each day. These vitamins are Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folic Aid, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin and Vitamin C.
Let’s start with the B vitamins: Vitamin B1 is needed to process carbs, fats, and proteins. Vitamin B1 is required by everybody to form the fuel the body runs on. Every nerve cell requires Vitamin B1 to function properly. Wheat germ, peas, beans, enriched flour, fish, peanuts, and meat are all excellent sources of Vitamin B1. People with advancing age, a poor diet and too much alcohol consumption may result in Vitamin B1 deficiency. The suggested RDA for Vitamin B1 is unclear, but the amount found in most multivitamin supplements is more than enough. Vitamin B1 works hand in hand with Vitamin B2 and Vitamin B3.
Vitamin B2: Helps release energy from foods. Essential for healthy eyes, skin, nails and hair, their sources are: whole grains, brewer's yeast, torula yeast, wheat germ, almonds, sunflower seeds, cooked leafy vegetables. The suggested RDA for Vitamin B2 is unclear, but the amount found in most multivitamin supplements is more than enough.
Please note, be aware that Vitamin B3, or Niacin, as its commonly known as, may cause a reaction in some people. Itching and or burning are two of the symptoms. The author of this article found that out the hard way. Fat-soluble vitamins: Theses vitamins are A, D, E and K. These vitamins are dissolved in fat and stored, therefore they are not needed every day in the diet. Over consumption of fat soluble vitamins may pose a risk of toxicity.
Vitamin A: Vitamin a is a fat-soluble vitamin and as mentioned before, should not be consumed in excess. For the maintenance of skin, mucous membranes, bones, teeth, hair and eye sight, their sources are: green vegetables, melon, squash, and tomatoes.
The information presented in this article is for informational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or condition. This article is not a substitute for a health care professional. Please consult a medical professional before beginning any vitamin program.
Author: Andy Casasanta