Vitamins

Vitamins are compounds that are needed in small amounts by the body but are involved in a large number of chemical reactions.

Vitamins can be separated into two groups; water soluble vitamins (Vitamin C, B Vitamins) and fat soluble vitamins (Vitamins A, D, E, K). Water soluble vitamins are needed in regular small amounts and are unlikely to reach toxic levels in the blood as they are excreted in urine. Fat soluble vitamins are stored in the body fat and remain there for some time so are more likely to be toxic when consumed in excess of our body's requirements.

Each vitamin has a different function – find out more information by clicking on the vitamins listed below.

Fat Soluble Vitamins Water Soluble Vitamins
Vitamin A
Vitamin D Vitamin C
Vitamin E  
 
 Page reviewed April 2013