The Ultimate Vitamin Quiz

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The word "vitamin" is a combination of what two words?

Vitamin is a combination of the words vital amine. The word vitamin was first coined by Polish chemist Kasimir Funk in 1912.

Vitamins perform what important function in the body?

Vitamins are specialized molecules that serve as catalysts in chemical reactions in our bodies. For example, vitamin C fosters the chemcial conversion of hydroxylproline from proline. Hydroxylproline is an essential ingredient in the production of collagen -- the foundation of our teeth, skin and hair.

Which of these packs the most vitamin C?

Surprisingly, strawberries contain almost twice as much vitamin C as orange juice and a little more than kiwifruit

Which B vitamin helps prevent cervical cancer and reduces osteoporosis?

Folic acid not only helps prevent cervical cancer and reduce osteoporosis, it's also essential in fetal growth and even acts as a mild anti-depressant.

What the heck does vitamin K do?

Vitamin K, found most abundantly in leafy green vegetables, helps in blood clotting and promotes bone strength.

Which of these vitamins helps prevent rickets, a condition of abnormal or underdeveloped bone growth?

Vitamin D is essential in preventing rickets.

Which of these vitamins produces the collagen responsible for skin, bone, teeth and cartilage production?

Vitamin C produces collagen, which makes up connective tissue, teeth, bones and cartilage.

Riboflavin, niacin and thiamine are all members of what vitamin family?

Riboflavin (B2), thiamine (B1), and niacin (B3) are all B vitamins.

Which vitamin is the only one we don't consume through eating or drinking?

Vitamin D is the only vitamin we don't consume from eating or drinking -- we get it from sunlight.

Which vitamin can be stored in the liver for up to a year?

While most vitamins must be replenished on a regular basis, vitamin A can be stored in the liver for up to a year.

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About This Quiz

You know that fistful of pills you take each morning? Those vitamins are essential ingredients to life. You know they're good for you, but do you know why? Take our quiz on vitamins to see if you know what those pills you pop actually do for you.

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