What is the difference between water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins?
Q. What is the difference between water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins?
A. Vitamins are classified into two groups: water-soluble and fat-soluble. Water -soluble vitamins dissolve in water, this means your body is continuously in need for daily intake of these nutrients. If you consume more of a water-soluble vitamin than you need, the excess will be excreted, not stored. This means the risk of toxicity (too much of the vitamin) is low, but you have to constantly replenish it. Vitamin C and the B’s are all classified in the water-soluble category and intake can come from both supplementation and diet.
Vitamins A, D, E and K are the fat-soluble vitamins. Unlike water-soluble vitamins, these vitamins dissolve in fat and are stored in body tissues. Because they are stored, over time they can accumulate to dangerous levels and can lead to a condition called hypervitaminosis, meaning excess amounts of a vitamin in the body, If more than the recommended amount is taken. Toxicity (hypervitaminosis) does not typically occur when intake of these vitamins comes from our diets, the threat usually comes from incorrect supplementation dosages.