Table 1: Comparison of water-versus fat-soluble vitamins.

Water soluble vitamins Fat-soluble vitamins
Vitamins B, C A, D, E, K
Site of Absorption Small intestines Small intestine
Dietary Intake Excess intake usually detected and
excreted by the kidneys
Excess intake tends to be stored in fat
-storage sites
Solubility Hydrophilic Hydrophobic
Capitalize Easily absorbed the blood, travels freely in
the bloodstream
Absorbed into the lymphatic system,
many require protein carriers to travel
in the blood
Body storage Not generally Yes
Deficiency Deficiency symptoms appear relatively
Deficiency symptoms are slow to
Toxicity Low risk Higher risk
Need for daily consumption Yes No