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Vitamins from Food or Supplements
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     challenging words:    absorption, biotin, connective, fat-soluble, folic, intolerant, lactose, pantothenic, problematic, water-soluble, bloodstream, nausea, supplement, elderly, therefore, regularly


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Vitamins from Food or Supplements
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Do you take vitamins? Do you make sure your food is filled with vitamins? What exactly are vitamins, why do you need them, and where can you find them?
 
2     Vitamins are substances the body needs in order to work, grow, and develop properly. They are found in foods. There are thirteen vitamins the human body needs. They are vitamins A, C, D, E, and K, along with eight different B vitamins. Each type of vitamin has a special job.
 
3     Vitamins come in two categories: fat-soluble and water-soluble. Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the fat tissues and liver until the body needs them. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble vitamins. Water-soluble vitamins include vitamin C, B1, B2, B6, B12, folic acid, biotin, and pantothenic acid. They don't just stick around in the body. They travel through the bloodstream and are used. If they are not used, they leave the body when urinating. Therefore, they need to be replaced regularly. Normally, vitamins you need are in the foods you eat. Your body can make vitamins D and K. Eating healthy foods is usually enough for the right amount of vitamins without taking or needing a daily supplement.
 
4     Each vitamin plays a special role. Vitamin A has a part in vision, is very important for night vision specifically, helps people grow, and helps for healthy skin. It is found in eggs, milk, apricots, carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, liver, etc.
 
5     There are many kinds of B vitamins. They help make energy and set it free. They help make protein. They also help make red blood cells. B vitamins are found in whole grains, fish and seafood, poultry and meats, leafy green vegetables, eggs, dairy products, and citrus fruits.

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