We probably don't need to remind you that focusing on vitamin intake—primarily through diet, with the support of a multivitamin—is a good idea. But for many, how those vitamins are absorbed and metabolized is a bit of a question mark.*
The way our bodies absorb different vitamins plays a large role, which is why it can be really helpful to understand the difference between water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins. Let’s talk about how water-soluble vitamins absorb into the body compared to fat-soluble vitamins and which vitamins belong to each group.
The main difference between water-soluble vitamins and fat-soluble vitamins is how they’re absorbed into and act within the body—but there are other considerations to keep in mind for a variety of vitamins.
What Are Water-Soluble Vitamins?
As the name suggests, a water-soluble vitamin is one that dissolves in water—and as a result, is easily absorbed into the tissues of the body and metabolized more quickly than fat-soluble vitamins.