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All about Water Soluble Vitamins

By Charles Hopkins Published 07/6/2006 | Nutrition

Worried about your health? Fixing appointments after appointments with doctors? Dont panic. Whats wrong? You do not need to worry so much. Is keeping yourself healthy is that tough?

All you have to do is just making yourself aware of the nutrients your body need on a daily basis. So you have to improve your diet and nothing else. But before doing so, you have to know the requirements of the vitamins, minerals and the other nutrients for your body. Just have a look on a few easy and ready made tips to help you out of your problems if they are related to vitamin deficiency.

Vitamins play a very important role in keeping the body fit and strong. An adequate amount of vitamins is very much necessary for a healthy growth. An over view of these vitamins will definitely help you to better and modify your regular balanced diet.

Vitamins are mainly of two kinds. They are fat soluble vitamins and the water soluble vitamins. The fat soluble vitamins are vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K. On the other hand the water soluble vitamins are vitamin C and the B vitamins.

Fat soluble vitamins can not be passed through. Rather these are stored in your body in the liver and fatty tissues. But the water soluble vitamins do not remain stored and is regularly drained out of the body through urine and sweat. That is why these vitamins must be replaced each and every day. And this is the reason that these vitamins are more likely to be lacking in your body. So you have to be very careful about the proper dosage of these water soluble vitamins.

In the group of the B vitamins there are total eight members. These are vitamin B1 or thiamin, vitamin B2 or riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin B12, biotin and pantothenic acid. These B vitamins take part in crucial activities in your body. These in fact work as coenzymes, which help your body to get energy from the food you conceive. They are also important to keep your nervous system healthy and also for glowing skin, good vision, appetite and the formation of the red blood cells.

If your body does not receive the proper amount of the B vitamins you are likely to be prone of different health hazards. Most common diseases are beriberi, pellagra, pernicious anemia etc.

Alcoholics must check right now! You are more likely to develop thiamin deficiency. These B vitamins can be found in various foods like, meat, poultry, cereal grains, fish, eggs, milk etc.

The most important water soluble vitamin is vitamin C. This vitamin is also called ascorbic acid. It plays a crucial role in holding the cells together. It also helps in the growth of teeth and bones and makes the blood vessels strong. Vitamin C also helps to keep the immune system normal. Vitamin C deficiency can cause you scurvy. So you need to get the right amount of vitamin C on a regular basis. You will find rich amount of vitamin C in the citrus fruits and many other vegetables such as broccoli, strawberry, tomatoes etc.

While you improve your diet chart by the addition of these water soluble vitamins, you must also be aware of the fact that too much intake of these vitamins may also be dangerous for your health. So take a look of both the positive and negative effects of water soluble vitamins on your health once you make it a part of your as well as your familys diet. Mothers are you listening?