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Vitamin Classification: Fat or Water Soluble

Fat-soluble vitamins

Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in our bodies, mostly in our fat tissues and in our livers. Vitamins A, D, E and K are all fat-soluble. They dissolve in fat and not water. Because we are able to store these vitamins in our bodies we do not need to get a supply of them everyday.

Getting too many of these vitamins could cause them to build up in our bodies and cause problems.

Water-soluble vitamins

We are not really able to store water-soluble vitamins in our bodies, at least not for very long. Vitamins C and B are the water-soluble vitamins. Because we are unable to store these vitamins we need to get a new supply of them every day. They are not able to build up in our bodies so they don't generally cause any real problems. Unless we take really massive doses of them - the extra just flushes out of our bodies.

Some people who take supplements worry that all the goodness simply is wasted. For example, people who take vitamin B usually notice a discoloration of their urine.

Remember that before the vitamins are filtered from your blood into your urine, they have already circulated via the bloodstream to every cell in your body. Only what is not needed is passed out of the body.

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Absorbing Fat Soluble Supplements

At the risk of stating the obvious, please remember that if you take fat soluble vitamin supplements without fat containing foods to trigger the appropriate digestive response, the supplements won't be absorbed.

So take any fat soluble vitamin supplements with foods/meals and ensure the meal has some fat or oil content (not just a fresh garden salad unless you use an oil dressing!)

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