13 Essential Vitamins

We are going to take a look at the 13 vitamins needed for the body to work properly. Sources of each of these vitamins will be provide on their respective pages. These are needed for normal cell function, growth, and development.

Fat Soluble Vitamins

Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the body’s fatty tissue. The four fat-soluble vitamins are vitamins A, D, E, and K. These vitamins are absorbed more easily by the body in the presence of dietary fat.

Vitamin A

Vitamin D

Vitamin E

Vitamin K

Water Soluble Vitamins

Water soluble vitamins are not stored in the body & leftover leave the body through the urine. Although, the body keeps a small reserve of these vitamins, they have to be taken on a regular basis to prevent shortage in the body. Vitamin B12 is the only water-soluble vitamin that can be stored in the liver for many years.

Vitamin B1 (thiamine)

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)

Vitamin B3 (niacin)

Pantothenic acid (B5)

Vitamin B6

Biotin (B7)

Folate (folic acid and B9)

Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin)

Vitamin C

Some “vitamin-like factors” are also needed by the body such as:

  • Choline
  • Carnitine