A few days ago, I posted about fat-soluble vitamin A. Today, I’m here to write about the other three vitamin D, E, and K. But first, a little recap. Since fat-soluble vitamins are deposited into our fat, it longer for these kinds of vitamins to get used. Therefore, they need to be replaced less frequently.
Vitamin D is often nicknamed as the sunshine vitamin, and the reason behind that nickname is that the primary source of vitamin D is the sun. It’s good to keep in mind that calcium needs to be combined with vitamin D to work correctly. Being that one of the primary functions is to protect and repair every bone structure and helps the immune system.
Funnily enough, in 2019, I had a deficiency in vitamin D, which, to be honest, was a bit of a shock since, in Malta, we have sunny days all year long. I guess it’s my fault because I’m super pale and I’m not a fan of staying in the sun. So, my doctor ordered me a spray to spray on my tongue. We do find it in some foods, and those are egg yolk, fish liver oil, mushrooms, salmon, meat fat and dairy products, and margarine often comes with added vitamin D.
Vitamin E is one of the three antioxidants the other two are vitamin A and C. It rebuilds and protects cells against premature ageing and the damage that happens by free radicals. Making this vitamin one of the elements in beauty products.
If taken in large amounts, it can act as a blood thinner. Which helps reduce blood clots, this vitamin also helps with lowering levels of LDL cholesterol which is also known as bad cholesterol, that in return helps with high blood pressure and heart disease,
Some of Vitamin E Food Sources Are:
- Wheat Germ Oil
- Sunflower Oil/Seeds
Vitamin K is critical for our blood to clot, without it, we can bleed, which might lead to death. It also supports bone health and helping prevent the calcification of blood vessels, potentially reducing the risk of heart disease. Unlike vitamin A, D and E, vitamin K isn’t that well stored in our body. So, we can become deficient in just one week, in people that have a problem with digestion and absorption of fat.
Some Food Source of Vitamin K Are:
- Brussels Sprouts
(A disclaimer I do have a background in nutrition, but I still researched everything I wrote in this post.)