SCI/241 - NUTRITION
Week 5: Assignment: Fat- and Water-Soluble Vitamins
Research the functions, importance, and role of fat- and water-soluble vitamins.
Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper in APA format that includes a title page, detailed summary, and separate reference page. Address the following in your paper:
Identify the vitamin classification.
Why are vitamins an important part of daily nutrient intake?
What are fat-soluble vitamins? What are high nutrient sources of these vitamins?
What are the functions, benefits, deficiency risks, and toxicity risks of fat-soluble vitamins?
What are water-soluble vitamins? What are high nutrient sources of these vitamins?
What are the functions, benefits, deficiency risks, and toxicity risks of water-soluble vitamins?
Water-soluble and fat soluble vitamins are vitamins that the body needs to stay healthy. Water-soluble vitamins are highly soluble and require daily replenishment, where as excess fat soluble vitamins are stored in the liver and do not need to be replenished daily. The fat soluble vitamins include A, D, E and K. Fat-soluble vitamins that are not used right away are stored in the fatty tissue of the body. For this reason, they do not necessarily need to be replenished every day, but it is also easier to overdose on fat-soluble vitamins than on water-soluble vitamins. Nine of the 13 essential vitamins are classified as water-soluble vitamins. That means they are found in great abundance in watery foods The water-soluble vitamins include A in the form of beta-carotene, B6, B12, riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, foliate, biotin, and C. Water-soluble vitamins are used immediately by your body or they are excreted in your urine.
The reason vitamins and minerals are important to the body is that the body needs them to support the chemical reaction that the cells need to live (AIDS InfoNet, Janu). If one did not consume adequate amounts of vitamins the body would not be able to function properly. Vitamins and minerals are crucial for many processes within the body. The fundamentals of cells depend on the consumption of vitamins. Vitamins help regulate metabolism, help convert fat and carbs into energy, and help in forming of tissues and bone. Pregnant women need to watch that they are eating to be sure that the nurturances are good enough for them as well as the baby, especially Folic Acid. The elderly need to also watch what they eat, studies have shown that proper nutrition can help ease into the golden years. Each of the vitamins and micronutrients perform different functions and can make a person feel different. I know when my vitamin D gets low I began to get moody and depressed.
Good sources of fat soluble vitamins are dairy products, fish, liver, and certain nuts. With reading different resources I have seen that the effects of over intake of the fat soluble vitamins are liver damage. Having deficiencies in fat soluble vitamins one can expect to see:
A-According to (Bellows, and More, 11/12) vitamin A deficiency in the United is rare, and is more common in developing nations. With a vitamin A deficiency one can experiences night blindness and very dry skin.
D- A vitamin D deficiency has been associated with a risk of common cancers, autoimmune diseases, hypertension, and…