Energy: the ability to do work. Animals eat plants or other animals to get their energy to do work. Plants use the Sun's light energy to make their own food (energy).
Fat soluble vitamin: vitamins that are fat soluble are stored in the fat in our bodies.
Water soluble vitamins: vitamins that are water soluble dissolve in water and are not stored in our bodies.
You may take a vitamin tablet in the morning. We are often told "Eat your fruit and vegetables because they have vitamins." What's so important about vitamins? While they do not provide energy like protein from meat and sugar from breads, they do help to convert this energy into the energy your body uses.
Because our bodies can't make vitamins, we need to get them from the food we eat. There are 13 vitamins we need.
Nine of these vitamins dissolve in water (are water soluble). They are not stored in our bodies. Eight of these vitamins are B vitamins that include thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, B6, B12, biotin, and pantothenic acid. Vitamin C is also water soluble.
There are many things vitamins do for us and some things they do not do. Here are some of the facts and myths about vitamins.
Corinne Corte. (2009, October 08). ABC's of Vitamins. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved December 7, 2023 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/content/abcs-vitamins
Corinne Corte. " ABC's of Vitamins". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 08 October, 2009. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/content/abcs-vitamins
Corinne Corte. " ABC's of Vitamins". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 08 Oct 2009. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 7 Dec 2023. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/content/abcs-vitamins