Vitamins in a bowl

Vitamins and minerals are like insurance, they make sure we have all our daily nutritional requirements. Vitamins and minerals are essential for our good health.

We need vitamins and minerals for normal cell function, growth and development according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our bodies are unable to produce the nutrients that we require, so we must get those from somewhere else, usually food. If our food doesn't supply those nutrients, we need to take vitamins. Lack of certain vitamins and minerals leads directly to a variety of diseases and illnesses.

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There are 15 vitamins that are recommended as essential for the proper functioning of our bodies.

List of Vitamins and their uses

Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 (thiamin), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (niacin), Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Folate, Choline

And we haven't forgotten our four footed familly members. They need nutritional food supplements so that they can live long and healthy lives.

It is important to remember to take only the daily recommended amount of any given nutritional food supplements. To much of any one of them can create its own set of problems and impact health negatively.

So to maintain your vitality and good health, make sure you take your nutritional food supplements every day.

Vitamins and mineral supplements come in a variety of categories, formulations and types.




Each of the groups listed below has specific needs. Often lifestyle choices, restricted diets, pregnancy and age can mean that either more of a specific vitamin is required for good health or a deficiency caused by lack of a particular vitamin develops. Despite our best efforts, most of us don't get balanced meals from fresh, whole foods on a totally consistent basis.


Woman with vitamin

Physically women are different in their nutritional needs therefore the vitamins they need to take will be different. Depending on where a woman is in her life, there are different requirements. When she's pregnant, extra vitamin B6 and B12 as well as folic acid are needed. As she ages, lack of vitamin D may become an issue depending on lifestyle (how much time does she spend outside particularly in winter).



Man with vitamin Men have different nutritional needs depending on age and/or lifestyle. It is important that men be aware that more of a thing such as a vitamin is not necessarily a good idea. As well, there are certain vitamins that are contra-indicated with certain medical conditions. Herbs such as ephedra are a particular concern for those with cardiovascular issues or thyroid problems. As well, naturally occurring anti-inflammatories can interfere with cancer treatments. It's always wise to consult with a medical practicioner.

 The three essential supplements for men's health.





Small boy with vitamin

Children come in all sizes and shapes, so one size fits all is not going to work. There are also the finicky eaters; those with chronic conditions who are often on medications; those who are on restricted diets such as vegatarians; or who eat lots of fast food. In these circumstances, a multi-vitamin is an excellent idea. However there a couple of caveats: if the child is prescribed medication, the child's medical practicianer should be consulted; large doses should not be given so as to avoid the possibility of an overdose with certain vitamins; and fat soluble vitamins must be taken with food to be effective. Remember that a child cannot take a dose that an adult would. They're smaller.


Pregnant woman with vitamin

A woman's body undergoes enormous changes when she's pregnant. It is essential that she have the best nutrition available. If, for whatever reason, this is unavailable, vitamins can fill in the gaps so the pregnancy can have the best possible outcome. Vitamins B6 and B12 may be needed. Folic acid will help prevent birth defects and low birth weight.



These are two lifestyle choices that may result in vitamin deficiencies from a diet that restricts certain food choices. For vegetarians it is mostly vitamin B12. For vegans, a deficiency of Vitamin A not uncommon. Other conditions may develop for both groups, therefore it is wise to research this area thoroughly.

Vitamin D3 supplements in bottle

Vitamin D is a vitamin. It can be found in small amounts in a several of foods, including oily fish, for example, herring, mackerel, sardines and tuna. To make vitamin D more accessible, it is added to dairy items, juices, and grains that are then said to be "strengthened with vitamin D." However most vitamin D – 80% to 90% of what the body gets – is acquired through introduction to daylight.  

Vitamin D is used for preventing and treating rickets, a disease that is caused by not having enough vitamin D (Vitamin D deficiency). Vitamin D is also used for treating weak bones (osteoporosis), bone pain (osteomalacia), bone loss in people with a condition called hyperparathyroidism, and an inherited disease (osteogenesis imperfecta) in which the bones are especially brittle and easily broken. It is also used for preventing falls and fractures in people at risk for osteoporosis, and preventing low calcium and bone loss (renal osteodystrophy) in people with kidney failure.

On the off chance that you go to Canada, you may have seen that Canada perceives the significance of vitamin D in the counteractive action of osteoporosis. It permits this wellbeing claim for sustenances that contain calcium: "A healthy diet with adequate calcium and vitamin D, and regular physical activity, help to achieve strong bones and may reduce the risk of osteoporosis." Yet the US version of this osteoporosis wellbeing claim does not yet incorporate vitamin D.

Vitamin C supplementsVitamin C. A few animals can make their own vitamin C, however individuals must get this vitamin from food and other sources. Great wellsprings of vitamin C are crisp products of the soil, particularly citrus organic products. 

Most specialists suggest getting vitamin C from an eating routine of fresh fruits and vegetables instead of taking supplements. Fresh squeezed orange juice or new solidified focus is a superior pick than prepared to-drink squeezed orange. The fresh squeezed contains more dynamic vitamin C. Drink newly squeezed orange inside one week subsequent to reconstituting it for the most advantage. If you lean toward prepared to-drink squeezed orange, get it 3 to 4 weeks before the termination date, and drink it inside one week of opening.

Bottle of Multi-Vitamins with Minerals

Multi-VitaminsThere are lots of good reasons to take a multivitamin. Indeed, even the best eating habits can miss the mark regarding meeting the greater part of the 40 or more nutrients you require every day. Most Americans neglect to meet dietary suggestions for some reasons, including strict dieting down, poor appetite, changing nutritional needs, or not as much as solid sustenance decisions. Taking an once-day by day multivitamin is a simple approach to fill in the little nutritional gaps.



Type refers to what is included in the formulation in the exterior casing of the product. NATURAL: Can refer to products such as dietary supplements and foods produced from natural sources without added artificial ingredients. GLUTEN FREE: This is a diet that does not include the protein gluten found in wheat, barley and rye. DAIRY FREE: This is a diet that does not include the protein casein found in milk and diary products. ORGANIC: Food or food products grown in an environment free from artificial agrochemicals ... LACTOSE FREE: Lacking a sugar found in milk.  

As always, you should consult with the medical practitioner of your choice.