Types of vitamins with examples and sources

What is vitamin

Vitamin A

Vitamin D

Vitamin E

A lot of people don’t realize that there are differences between the various kinds of vitamins on the market and the pros and cons between them. People who knew the differences still didn’t know the pros and cons of synthetically made and natural forms.  That is why it’s important to read the labels vitamin is a new complete and dynamic method for children from 7 to 10 years, ideal to start learning French in school. Based on a communicative approach, Vitamine trains students in the adventures of Pauline, Clément, Métallix,

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Vitamin A

Most multivitamins contain Vitamin A in the form of vitamin A palmitate. This is a synthetic version that has it’s potential negatives. That is because they need to replace the natural Vitamin A lost when they remove the milk fat
If you read labels and look out for specific foods it is not hard to stay away from anything containing synthetic Vitamin A as much as possible. For instance, if you eat a lot of cereal combined with low-fat or fat-free milk and other “fortified” foods, or synthetic vitamin pills, you can possibly be overdosing on this potentially harmful synthetic vitamin A. It is also important to be aware that despite being marketed as “health” foods there’s not really much healthy about some cereals!

Retinol is the natural Vitamin A it comes only from animal sources such as; organ meats, cod liver oil, animal liver, some other animal sources, and in lesser amounts in; butter, eggs, and milk fat. It is important to note that you can overdose Vitamin A when you overeat large quantities of liver or large doses of cod liver oil. Another form of Vitamin A is beta-carotene. You get healthy quantities of beta-carotene in; carrots, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, butternut squash, red peppers, and other colorful fruits and veggies. These are the foods you should overdose on.


Like Vitamins A, E, and K, Vitamin D is another fat-soluble vitamin. Vitamin D is one of the most important substances in our body and also one of the most misunderstood.

To say everything we know about Vitamin D would be too long and complicated. I could fill an entire book, instead, I will simplify it for you.

The absolutely BEST source of vitamin D is the most natural source and it costs you NOTHING. That’s right, it’s FREE. In fact your body produces it naturally from adequate sun exposure. Those of you who work nights (I had to for 2 years), MUST make sure you get the sun exposure your body needs.

Vitamin D is actually produced into a hormone in our bodies and regulates hundreds of processes in the body. I believe it is simply one of the most important substances in our bodies.

Vitamin D is extremely helpful to our immune systems. With less sun exposure in the winter, you can see why there are more sicknesses. The cold weather is NOT the cause of colds, flu’s or any sicknesses. Lack of Vitamin D causes your immune system to weaken. That is why I am stressing that EVERYONE needs adequate sun exposure to keep your immune system healthy especially in the winter!

Our bodies get a relatively small amount of Vitamin D from food sources like egg yolks, some mushrooms, organ meats, and fatty fish. In small amounts, cod liver oil is one of the best known dietary sources of natural Vitamin D. If you choose to take the suplement of cod liver oil in the winter, you should know it is recommended to be taken in small amounts because it is possible to overdose on cod liver oil. As I stated previously, the best source of Vitamin D for our bodies is what we produce from moderate regular sun exposure, without sunburninge.

As stated previously, vitamin D deficiency usually happens in the winter months. If you think you are deficient, you can have a blood test for Vitamin D deficiency. Your Doctor will say you generally want to be between the range of 50 ng/ml to 80 ng/ml, from what I’ve read. Any lower than that and you risk being deficient. Check with your doctor to be sure.

There are differences in opinions surrounding benefits and detriments of vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) vs. vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). Since Vitamin D3 is naturally produced in your body from the sun and is the natural source we obtain from animal-based foods so I would suggest that this is the preferred Vitamin D.

As I impressed earlier, try to get moderate amounts of sunshine, if you can for most of the year, and focus on the healthy dietary sources of natural vitamin D that I listed above… and also look for supplements in the winter to be based on fish oil sources of vitamin D if you can.

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