Vitamins, every day

Vitamins are essential for the body. But no matter how easily the word is used, where does it come from and what is it actually for?


Vitamin comes from Latin and is a combination of vital and amine

  • vita = life
  • amine = organic chemical nitrogen compound

and invented by the Polish chemist Casimir Funk.
Just like other building blocks, vitamins are also necessary components of our diet. They are organic compounds that are used as catalysts in metabolic reactions. The body is generally unable to produce vitamins itself and must therefore be obtained from food. If you are unable to get these from food, there is always an option to take vitamins in tablet form. However, a healthy diet (think of the disk of 5) must contain sufficient vitamins for the human body.
There are water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins.

What vitamins do you need?

The Health Council makes recommendations regarding the amount of vitamins that someone needs daily. This Health Council is a scientific advisory body that advises the government and parliament on health issues.

Some of the well-known vitamin groups

  • A is fat-soluble and can be found in liver, fish and carrots, among others.
  • B is water soluble and taking too much will always be excreted through the urine. Also found in bread, meat, vegetables, yeast, eggs and milk.
  • C is also soluble in water and is found in citrus fruits, peppers and potatoes, among others.
  • D is fat-soluble and occurs in oily fish and margarine and is also produced by the skin (just below the epidermis) by sunlight.
  • E is fat-soluble and is found in eggs, grains and vegetable oils, among others.
  • K is fat-soluble and is found in tomatoes, fish and wheat, among others.


More information?

The website provides a clear explanation of what the vitamins are for and what can happen if you have a deficiency.

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