Our bodies need a lot of things to keep it functioning – vitamins are one of those things. Vitamins are organic compounds that are needed in small quantities for the body to function at its best. Vitamins are important for one’s normal metabolism and also to prevent deficiency diseases that may occur when we don’t get enough of a certain vitamin.

There are two types of vitamins

  1. Fat-soluble: these are mainly found in fatty foods and animal products (not that we eat animal food) For example vegetable oils, milk and dairy foods, eggs and livers. Whilst these are important it is recommended that we consume these every other day to get the vitamins we need from them.
  2. Water-soluble: these vitamins are not stored in the body for long. If you have too many of these in the body, the body gets rid of them when you urinate. Water-soluble vitamins are found in fruit, vegetables, potatoes, grains and milk.

If you think you are not taking eating enough green leafy vegetables, which provide iron which is especially important for women, or other fruit and vegetable’s it is important to consult your doctor or a pharmacist about taking some multi-vitamins in either tablet or liquid form to help keep your body functioning at optimal level.

Pros of taking multi-vitamin:

  • Improves the body’s function and helps with mental health
  • Helps with the digestion of food
  • Can give you energy
  • Prevention of common colds
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Good for skin, hair and bones

Cons of taking multi-vitamins

  • One runs the risk of being reliant on them and substituting a healthy diet for vitamins its not recommended, instead vitamins should work simply as a top up to a healthy lifestyle.
  • Risk of vitamin toxicity if vitamins are not taking correctly. It is thus important to speak to your pharmacist or doctor about your vitamin needs.

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