Building Blocks of the Body: Water Soluble Vitamins

VITAMINS are grouped into water soluble and fat soluble vitamins.

The water soluble vitamins are Vit C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, biotin, and folic acid.

These vitamins need to be supplied to the body via food and, if necessary, supplements on a daily basis since the body doesn’t store them.  Whatever the body doesn’t need on any one day, it excretes it in the urine.

Vit B12 is the exception.  It can be stored in the liver for several years.  Thus, a Vit B12 deficiency may not develop after years of a diet deficient in this vitamin.

For more on water soluble vitamins, click on the links below:

VITAMIN C (Ascorbic Acid)

VITAMIN B1 (Thiamine)

VITAMIN B2 (Riboflavin)

VITAMIN B3 (Niacin)

VITAMIN B5 (Pantothenic Acid)

VITAMIN B6 (Pyridoxal)

VITAMIN B12 (Cobalamin)



For information on vitamins A, D, E, and K, see  Fat Soluble Vitamins .

Also see What’s In Food.