Vitamins- what are they?

April 2, 2014

Vitamins make your bodies work properly. Vitamins are found in the foods we eat every day, some foods have more vitamins than others.

Vitamins fall into two categories:

1. Fat soluble. The fat-soluble vitamins — A, D, E, and K — dissolve in fat and can be stored in your body.
 2. Water soluble. The water-soluble vitamins — C and the B-complex vitamins (such as vitamins B6, B12, niacin, riboflavin, and folate) — need to dissolve in water before your body can absorb them.

Today I am going to focus on Vitamin A. Vitamin A is much more than just a vitamin that helps you see at night. It is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a role in your immunity, your body's development and the maintenance of major organs. You can obtain vitamin A in your diet from animals and plants. Some good sources of vitamin A are milk, eggs, liver ( I personally would select another option ;), fortified cereals, darkly colored orange or green vegetables (such as carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and kale), and orange fruits such as cantaloupe, apricots, peaches, papayas, and mangos.

So how much vitamin A should you be getting?

Age Male Female
14–18 years 900 mcg RAE 700 mcg RAE
19–50 years 900 mcg RAE 700 mcg RAE
51+ years 900 mcg RAE 700 mcg RAE

Tell me what vitamin or mineral you are interested in and I will share my knowledge about it!

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