How much fat do I need to absorb vitamin D?
Fat soluble vitamins 101:
● There are four fat-soluble vitamins that humans need: vitamins A, D, E, and K. All the other vitamins are water-soluble.
● Fat solubility affects two primary things: how well the vitamin is absorbed with fat-containing meals, and how long it’s stored in your body.
Being fat-soluble is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you can store those vitamins in your body fat and liver, which means you don’t necessarily need daily intake. A sunny vacation can provide you with enough stored vitamin D to last you week or even months.
On the other hand, you can accidentally overdose on these vitamins more easily. Case studies of vitamin A overdose are actually not that uncommon. Eating the liver of some large fish, seals, or polar bears can easily cause vitamin A poisoning.
But most of us don’t eat shark liver or polar bear liver, and vitamin D overdose is less common than vitamin A overdose. Our problem is less likely overdosing on fat-soluble vitamins than getting enough of them. Let’s take a look at how to get enough vitamin D, by taking it with the right amount of fat…
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