amounts of vitamins A, D, E and K are needed
to maintain good health.
► Foods that
contain these vitamins will not lose them
► The body does
not need these every day and stores them in
the liver when not used.
► Most people do
not need vitamin supplements.
► Mega doses of
vitamins A, D, E or K can be toxic and lead
to health problems.
Vitamins are essential nutrients your
body needs in small amounts for various
roles in the human body. Vitamins are
divided into two groups: water-soluble
(B-complex and C) and fat-soluble (A, D, E
and K). Unlike water-soluble vitamins that
need regular replacement in the body,
fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the liver
and fatty tissues, and are eliminated much
more slowly than water-soluble vitamins.
Because fat-soluble vitamins are stored for
long periods, they generally pose a greater
risk for toxicity than water-soluble
vitamins when consumed in excess. Eating a
normal, well-balanced diet will not lead to
toxicity in otherwise healthy individuals.
However, taking vitamin supplements that
contain mega doses of vitamins A, D, E and K
may lead to toxicity. Remember, the body
only needs small amounts of any vitamin.
While diseases caused by a lack of
fat-soluble vitamins are rare in the United
States, symptoms of mild deficiency can
develop without adequate amounts of vitamins
in the diet. Additionally, some health
problems may decrease the absorption of fat,
and in turn, decrease the absorption of
vitamins A, D, E and K. Consult your doctor