Vitamins (Water Soluble)

By: Jacob Smith

What is it?

A vitamin is an organic compound required by organisms as a vital nutrient in limited amounts. An organic chemical compound (or related set of compounds) is called a vitamin when it cannot be synthesized in sufficient quantities by an organism, and must be obtained from the diet. Water Soluble Vitamins, such as B and C, mean they can dissolve in water. Vitamins have many different functions for the body depending on the vitamin, Vitamin C produces abscorbate which helps the liver to function.

Sources and Consequences of deprived

Vitamin B1: Comes from pork and can cause beriberi if deprived of vitamin.

Vitamin B12: Comes from meat and animal products and can cause megalobastic amenia if deprived.

Vitamin C: Found in citric fruits and if deprived can cause scurvy.

There are many more Vitamins as well.



Vitamin Facts

  • B-complex Vitamins and Vitamin C are water-soluble vitamins that are not stored in the body and must be replaced each day.
  • These vitamins are easily destroyed or washed out during food storage and preparation.
  • The B-complex group is found in a variety of foods: cereal grains, meat, poultry, eggs, fish, milk, and fresh vegetables.
  • Citrus fruits are good sources of Vitamin C.
  • Using overdoses of multivitamins or supplements is not recommended and could be lethal.
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