What are Vitamins?
Water Soluble Vitamins vs. Fat Soluble Vitamins
Fat soluble vitamins are A, D, E, and K, and are stored in the body for long periods of time and generally pose a greater risk for toxicity when consumed in excess with water soluble vitamins. The body only needs small amounts of vitamins. Taking vitamin supplements may lead to toxicity.
What do Vitamins do to keep your body healthy?
- Vitamin D helps your bones and is found in milk.
- Vitamin A helps you see things in the dark.
- Vitamin C helps your body heal cuts.
- B vitamins help your body make energy from foods.
Can you have too much or too little amount of vitamins?
Too muchJust like how each vitamin helps a different part of your body and has a specific purpose. Vitamin C can cause stomach cramps, nausea, kidney stones, and diarrhea if you consume too much of it. Vitamin B6 can cause nerve problems and niacin can cause flushing of the body. Having too much Vitamin A can cause birth defects and having too high of levels of Vitamin E may increase the risk of hemorrhaging. Vitamin K can cause blood thinner medications to be reversed.
If you develop a deficiency of Vitamin A, you can have dry skin, slow bone growth, and night blindness. Vitamin D can help your body absorb calcium and if you don't have enough your bones can become brittle and weak. With too little Vitamins A and E your immune system will suffer and without Vitamin K your blood won't clot properly.