How to Store Vitamins

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There are two main types of vitamins, water-soluble vitamins and fat-soluble vitamins, the way the body does or doesn’t store vitamins from food depends on what type it is. The body can’t store water-soluble vitamins; this means you need to replenish your water-soluble vitamin intake daily. The eight B vitamins and vitamin C are water-soluble, and the body cannot store vitamin content that is either of these.

It is not merely that the body can’t store water-soluble vitamins but also the water-soluble vitamins are easily destroyed by improper storage, handling, or cooking of foods that contain these vitamins. You mustn’t overcook your veggies by boiling them. The water-soluble vitamins will be cooked out of them, this can be overcome by light cooking or steaming, and by using the water that veggies have been cooked in to form sauces and gravies or as I do add the water as part of the liquid in my daily loaf of bread, I bake in my bread machine. Since the body cannot store vitamin C or the other water-soluble vitamins, it is essential to eat a well-balanced diet with at least five portions of fruit and vegetables. To be sure that enough vitamins are available for the body to use when necessary, and a person doesn’t suffer from a vitamin deficiency due to the body’s inability to store vitamins.

On the other hand, the body can store fat-soluble vitamin content. The body will store the vitamin content in your fat cells so that it can be used when required. A person does not need to consume as many of these fat-soluble vitamins on as frequent a basis as they do with water-soluble vitamins. The fat cells store vitamin A, D, E, and K as these are all fat-soluble vitamins.

It is imperative to store vitamin supplements correctly so that the beneficial qualities of these are not diminished. The best way to store vitamin supplements is in a container with a screw-top lid and to keep the box in a dry place. When you store vitamin supplements, it is a good idea to check the expiration date to make sure they are not outdated. The vitamin content of supplements cannot be guaranteed if you store vitamin tablets past their use-by date.

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