Vitamins & Supplements

It also helps the immune system to work and helps the brain to function normally. Taking vitamin supplements can be helpful, but make sure you get good professional advice first. Don’t take any of the B on their own – always take a B complex tablet ! It helps to release energy from the foods you eat and keep your skin and nervous system healthy.

Vitamin supplements are specifically formulated to boost your daily vitamin intake in case you’re not getting everything you need from your diet or have any deficiencies. Minerals such as calcium and iron also have a range of essential functions, such as the formation of bones and teeth, and are needed for the normal function of our nervous system. But to ensure that you get all the essential vitamins you need, you can also take multivitamin supplements. As with vitamins, a healthy balanced diet should provide all the minerals your body needs to work properly. Trace elements are also essential nutrients that your body needs to work properly, but in much smaller amounts than vitamins and minerals. The National Diet and Nutrition Survey gathers information on the average diet of people in the UK.

Most adults can tolerate up to 100–800 mg a day of vitamin E, but long-term intake of large doses can cause headaches, nausea, blurred vision and disturbed functions of the thyroid gland. Recently, it has been recommended that high-dose intake of vitamin E should be avoided. This means they can override harmful molecules, known as free radicals, which are produced within your cells and which may cause tissue damage or disease. Your body produces its own antioxidants but it’s thought that antioxidants in the diet help destroy excess free radicals. You can find out more information on which nutrients are important for immunity, and which founds they are found in, from our guides to nutrition and immunity at all ages. Vitamin C has been suggested to treat the common cold ever since it was first discovered in the 1930s.

Vitamin B6 is required for over 100 enzyme reactions involved in metabolism. If you have certain medical conditions, you should check with your GP first before taking any supplements. Once within your body, usually stored in your liver and fatty tissues, they tend to stay there for future use. It can also help to reduce the risk of central nervous system defects – such as spina bifida – in unborn babies. There are 2 forms of niacin – nicotinic acid and nicotinamide – both of which are found in food. Staying in the sun for prolonged periods without the protection of sunscreen increases the risk of skin cancer.

All vitamins can be found in food, but certain demographics or people on specific diets can suffer from vitamin deficiency. As people are all different, at BioCare we provide a wide range of vitamin supplements in different combinations, potencies, forms and absorption rates – our Nutrisorb® liquid vitamins are particularly popular. Browse our full range of vitamins, or find out more about the important role they play in our health. This is because it may be more difficult to get enough of some vitamins or minerals from plant-based foods alone , or they may not be absorbed as easily by the body (referred to as ‘bioavailability’). Vitamin B12 is essential for making red blood cells that carry oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body.