Vitamins are essential nutrients that are found in food sources. For example, vitamin C is usually found in fruits and vegetables, while B vitamins are mostly found in meat, eggs and dairy products. There are several vitamins needed to stay healthy:
Our bodies need these vitamins (amongst other nutrients, such as minerals and amino acids) in varying amounts to carry out certain functions. Essential nutrients contribute to the health of our immune system, nervous system, heart health, and brain health, as well as looking after our skin, bones, and muscles.
Most people should be able to get enough vitamins from their diet, but there are some circumstances where taking a targeted supplement may be beneficial. If you follow a restricted diet or need to avoid certain foods, you could be missing out on the right amount of essential nutrients — this is called a vitamin deficiency. Being overly deficient in a certain vitamin can lead to health issues. For example, in extreme cases, a deficiency in vitamin C can cause scurvy, while a deficiency in vitamin D can cause rickets. These conditions are only caused by severe malnutrition and are unlikely to happen when eating a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Taking a multivitamin can provide additional support to ensure you are getting enough of each essential nutrient.
Vegetarians and vegans should consider taking a vitamin B12 supplement, as B12 is mostly found in meat, fish and dairy sources.
During the winter months, it’s not possible to get enough vitamin D from the sun, so it makes sense to take a vitamin D supplement over winter. Vitamin D helps to support our immune system, and the maintenance of bone and muscle health.
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