Thank you everyone for having participated in the Vitamin Survey. For those of you who didn't participate, these were the questions (see if you can get them all "right" before reading on!):
Vitamin ___ is known as the sunshine vitamin.
_Folic Acid, Potassium, Thiamine, Zinc and Ascorbic Acid (C) _ - which ones are vitamins.
There are ___ B vitamins.
Vitamin ___ sole purpose is to clot blood.
Fat soluble vitamins stay in your body for ____. (how long)
The human body can make _?__ vitamin.
The body cannot absorb ___ without Vitamin C.
____ will actually help in RELAXING and FALLING ASLEEP.
___ is required for the body to convert vitamin A into its active form.
So for the RESULTS of the survey:
65% knew that Vitamin _D_ was the "sunshine vitamin".
Percentages that knew that the following were vitamins:
43.5% Folic Acid (B9)
52.5% Thiamine (B1)
43.5% Ascorbic Acid (C)
_Potassium and Zinc_ are minerals, not vitamins.
4.3% knew that there are 7 _B_ vitamins (TECHNICALLY vitamin B7 - Biotin - is also called Vitamin "H"!!! which would make 8 B vitamins.)
56.5% knew that the sole purpose of Vitamin K is to clot blood.
8.7% knew that some fat soluble vitamins can stay in your body for UP TO 6 months.
34% didn't know what a "fat soluble vitamin" was.
52.5% said they knew that the human body could make its own vitamins - 0% knew that the ONLY VITAMIN the human body can MAKE is Vitamin D (specifically, D3 aka cholecalciferol) with the assistance of the SUN.
47.8% knew that the body requires Vitamin C to aid in absorption of IRON.
62.5% knew that Magnesium will help aid in relaxing and helping to fall asleep -- 26.1% knew that Calcium will aid in relaxing and helping to fall asleep ---
HOWEVER it is the COMBINATION of the 2 that actually aids in sleep.
13% knew that ZINC is required to aid the body in converting Vitamin A to it's active form.
SO - now on to MORE ABOUT VITAMINS!
Fat-soluble vitamins are happy to stay stored in your body for awhile some stay for a few days, some for up to 6 months! Then, when it's time for them to be used, special carriers in your body take them to where they're needed. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are all fat-soluble vitamins.
Water-soluble vitamins are different. When you eat foods that have water-soluble vitamins, the vitamins don't get stored as much in your body. Instead, they travel through your bloodstream. Whatever your body doesn't use comes out when you urinate. So these kinds of vitamins need to be replaced often because they don't stick around! This crowd of vitamins includes vitamin C and the big group of B vitamins B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), niacin, B6 (pyridoxine), folic acid, B12 (cobalamine), biotin, and pantothenic acid.
Your body is one powerful machine, capable of doing all sorts of things by itself. But one thing it can't do is make vitamins (WITH THE EXCEPTION of Vitamin D3 with help from THE SUN). That's where food comes in. Your body is able to get the vitamins it needs from the foods you eat because different foods contain different vitamins. The key is to eat different foods to get an assortment of vitamins.
Links to individual vitamins/minerals etc:
Vitamin A www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messagebo
B Vitamins www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messagebo
Vitamin C www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messagebo
Vitamin D - aka "The Sunshine Vitamin" www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messagebo
Vitamin E www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messagebo
Vitamins H, K & P www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messagebo
Zinc - MINERAL, not Vitamin www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messagebo
Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messagebo
Edited by: MRSHONEYC at: 2/24/2009 (23:01)
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