Sources of Vitamin C

Broadly speaking, there are two major groups of vitamins, and they fall into two categories, or groups; one of those groups is known as being Water soluble; the reason for that is that water soluble vitamins are soon excreted from our bodies. This usually occurs within a few days, usually between 1 to 4 days. A couple of good examples of these, are the well known, but essential, vitamins Ascorbic Acid, better known as (Vitamin C), and the Vitamin B Complex. The picture to the right shows an example of a green pepper and a citrus fruit, both good sources of Vitamin C. It is because our bodies can't 'store' these water soluble vitamins, that they must be taken into our bodies on an every day basis, in order to make sure that we get an adequate supply. To keep healthy, we must obtain them, in one form or another, either in the food we eat; or, as vitamin supplements.

Occasionally, some people ask is there any danger in ingesting too high an amount of vitamins; higher than the recommended daily allowance (RDA). Generally speaking, it's highly unlikely that this would happen, because the human body recognizes any excess intake of water soluble vitamins and gets rid of the excesses by passing them out of the body in the urine. There will be more regular information published for you, about water soluble vitamins; and, about vitamin and mineral supplements, at a later date.

Fat Soluble Vitamins

The second type of vitamins are classed as being 'Fat soluble'; which means that our bodies do have the ability to 'store' these vitamins, for a much longer period of time. This type of vitamin is stored in the fatty tissues of our bodies and in our livers, and both of the above types of vitamins are absolutely essential for the many different biochemical reactions and chemical functions that occur within the human body.

An easy way to remember the important fat soluble vitamins is by remembering the word ADEK. This is easier to remember than trying to recall which ones are the 'Fat soluble' and which are 'Water soluble.' Vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamins E and K are all fat soluble. Just remember that one word, ADEK, and you will remember that each letter of the word represents a fat soluble vitamin. The image below shows a 3 dimensional molecular model of Vitamin D