Vitamins are naturally occurring molecules (usually found in food) which the body uses for different physiological processes.
The most common vitamins are A, B, C and D, but they are many more.
And even these vitamins have multiple functions, including the supporting the normal function of of the skin, maintenance of normal bones and muscle function, supporting the immune system and converting the food we eat into energy.
Are vitamins for everyone?
Using vitamins is a personal choice.
You may be in a situation where you cannot access certain required vitamins via your daily diet.
People with B12 deficiencies usually also need a regular vitamin supplement.
Vegans or people who are lactose intolerant may struggle to get enough vitamin D and calcium because they are avoiding dairy products, so they could potentially benefit from vitamins.
Likewise, during the cold, overcast months, it can be difficult to get enough vitamin D from the sun, so that can be a good time to take a supplement.
What vitamins can I use when pregnant?
A 400 microgram folic acid supplement can be taken every day until you are 12 weeks pregnant.
If you are trying to get pregnant, you can start taking this supplement once you stop using contraception.
Folic acid can help prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida.
You can also consider taking a vitamin D supplement, which helps us to absorb calcium and phosphate.
Holland & Barrett has a wide range of vitamins to choose from. We have a quality variety of multivitamins as well as vitamins A, B, C, D and E. Holland & Barrett's vitamins are of the highest quality with many of our vitamin selection suitable for vegans. Our vast selection of vitamins come in different formats - from tablets to liquid, drops to spray - we're sure to have to best vitamins for your personal needs.