The vitamins

If you're like most kids, you've probably heard at least one of your parents say, "Do not forget to take your vitamins!" or "Eat the salad: it contains many vitamins!". But what exactly are vitamins?

Vitamins and minerals are substances found in foods you eat. Your body needs them to function properly and to grow and develop as it should. When it comes to vitamins, each has a special role to play. For example:

  • Vitamin D in milk helps your bones to grow.
  • Vitamin A in carrots helps you see at night. >
  • Vitamin C in oranges helps your body heal when you are short.
  • B vitamins in whole grains help your body make energy from food. >

Some vitamins bind to water and others to fat

There are two types of vitamins: fat- When we eat foods that contain fat-soluble vitamins, they are stored in the fatty tissues of our body and in the liver. And they wait on our body fat until our body needs them.

Fat-soluble vitamins are stored quietly in our body for a certain time: some stay only a few days, while others can stay up to six months! Then, when it is time to use them, special body carriers will take them to where they are needed. Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat soluble.

Therefore, it is necessary to go regularly replenishing these types of vitamins, since they are not stored in the body. This group of vitamins includes vitamin C and the large group of vitamins B: B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), niacin, B6 (pyridoxine), folic acid, B12 (cobalamin), biotin and pantothenic acid. >

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