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Are Vitamins Organic or Inorganic?

author image Nadia Haris
Nadia Haris is a registered radiation therapist who has been writing about nutrition for more than six years. She is completing her Master of Science in nutrition with a focus on the dietary needs of oncology patients.
Are Vitamins Organic or Inorganic?
You need small amounts of vitamin C and other vitamins from your daily balanced diet. Photo Credit: mocker_bat/iStock/Getty Images

Vitamins are compounds that your body needs in small amounts to function properly. These tiny helpers are organic compounds, which contain only certain types of atoms. Organic molecules are made from living organisms, while inorganic compounds such as minerals come from the earth, soil and water. While your body can produce small amounts of vitamin K and vitamin D, you need to get most vitamins and other essential nutrients from your daily diet.

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According to the Linus Pauling Institute, the term "vitamin" came from the words "vital" and "amine," which means a compound that contains nitrogen. Although not all vitamins contain nitrogen, they are organic molecules that your body needs in small doses. A compound is considered to be organic if it contains carbon atoms that are linked to hydrogen, oxygen and sometimes nitrogen molecules. For instance, one of the forms of vitamin A called retinol contains 20 carbon atoms that are linked to 30 hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom.

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