Vitamin Overview

Vitamins are essential compounds that are required in small amounts.  They are mainly supplied by the diet and are necessary for growth, metabolism and the maintenance of health and are not used for energy.  Vitamins can be broken down into two groups: water-soluble and fat-soluble.

The water-soluble vitamins are members of the B complex and vitamin C.  They are absorbed into the blood and do not remain in the body for long periods of time.  The fat-soluble vitamins are vitamins A, D, E, K and F.  These vitamins are stored in fat cells. Vitamins can easily be destroyed especially through cooking.

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