- Not all vitamins are created equal: Beyond supporting different functions in the body, nutrients can typically be categorized as either fat-soluble or water-soluble.
- So, what’s the difference? It really comes down to the way fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins are metabolized in the body.
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We probably don’t need to remind you that multivitamins can be a great way to help fill gaps in your diet and support different functions in the body. But for many, how those vitamins are absorbed and metabolized is a bit of a question mark.
The way your body absorbs different vitamins plays a large role in both efficacy and safety, which is why it can be really helpful to understand the difference between water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins.
So what, exactly, is the difference? Let’s talk about how water-soluble vitamins absorb into the body compared with fat-soluble vitamins, which vitamins are water-soluble vs. fat-soluble, and what’s worth knowing about each category.
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.