What are vitamins?

Vitamins are nutrients that are essential to your body. They are important for the growth, repair and effective functioning of your body. In addition, they are necessary to maintain good health.

Where are they found?

Vitamins occur naturally in our food, such as in fruit, vegetables and bread. The body is unable to make them (all) itself in sufficient quantities. It is important to eat a healthy and varied diet to take in sufficient vitamins via food every day.

Which vitamins are there?

There are thirteen different vitamins, of which four are fat soluble and nine are water soluble. 

The fat soluble vitamins are Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K. They are found primarily in the fats of foods and can be stored in the tissue of your body. 

The water soluble vitamins are Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B8, B11 (folic acid), B12 and Vitamin C. These vitamins are found in the moisture that occurs in foods. 

The body is unable to absorb them well (with the exception of vitamin B12). Thus, an excess of water soluble vitamins leaves your body through urine and it is important to supplement these vitamins effectively.