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NURSING NR 228 Nutrition Week 4 edapt - Introduction to Vitamins, - Chamberlain College of Nursing Vitamins play a vital role in health and wellness and perform specific metabolic functions. From pre... vious foundational courses, you have learned the function of these organic molecules (i.e. vitamins), to include their requirements in small amounts to support body functions. As a health care provider, it is vital to understand the role of vitamins; how the body uses each, deficiencies, and use through supplementation. The controversies surrounding vitamins hold interest as well. Are fresh fruits better than sun-dried? Are frozen vegetables better than steamed? Am I supposed to supplement my diet? The answers to these questions varies, depending on who you ask and if any deficiencies exist. In this learning module, you will gain knowledge of vitamin use for personal health and for educating clients about the essential need for vitamins to support optimal health and wellness. This introduction to vitamins includes: • Defining vitamins • Exploring vitamins role in health and wellness • Identifying vitamin categories and supplementation Vitamins Which vitamins cannot be stored by the body, requiring individuals to ingest them each day? Water-soluble vitamins Fat-soluble vitamins Nutrient-rich vitamins B complex vitamins Fat-soluble vitamins are vitamins are stored in fat cells. Water-soluble vitamins are vitamins that pass through the body's water supply. The body cannot keep these vitamins, so they must be ingested for the body to maintain an appropriate level. Your response is correct! Fat-soluble vitamins include Vitamin A, D, E, and K. Water-soluble vitamins include thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine, folate, cobalamin, biotin, pantothenic acid, choline, and vitamin C. Your response is correct! Vitamins How can individuals ensure their vitamin intake meets their body requirements? Have labs drawn monthly to check therapeutic levels. Ensure your diet includes a variety of foods from all of the food groups. Take a vitamin supplement. Rely on food purchases being fortified with vitamins. The best way to ensure optimal vitamin intake is to eat nutrient-rich foods, which includes a diet with a variety of foods from all the major food groups. Reliance on supplements and fortification of foods does not result in a therapeutic diet. Supplement use may be used to accompany primary or secondary vitamin deficiencies, but are for primary use. Your response is correct! [Show More]

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